She's Like the Wind

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"She's Like the Wind"
Single by Patrick Swayze
from the album Dirty Dancing soundtrack
B-side"Stay" - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
Format7" single, 12" maxi, CD single, cassette
RecordedNovember 1986
GenreSoft rock[1]
Songwriter(s)Patrick Swayze, Stacy Widelitz
Producer(s)Michael Lloyd

"She's Like the Wind" is a 1987 song from the film Dirty Dancing, performed by Patrick Swayze. Though Swayze is the primary vocalist on the single, it was billed as being performed by 'Patrick Swayze & Wendy Fraser'. Fraser is heard throughout much of the song, specifically in the final chorus. The power ballad[2] reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.[3]


Swayze and Stacy Widelitz co-wrote the song in 1984.

It was originally intended for the soundtrack of Grandview, U.S.A. and was meant to be about Jamie Lee Curtis' character in the film. However, the song was not used in that film. During production of Dirty Dancing in 1987, Swayze played the demo for producer Linda Gottlieb and director Emile Ardolino. They loved it and passed it on to Jimmy Ienner and Bob Feiden, the soundtrack's executive producers. It was recorded for the soundtrack in November 1986, with Michael Lloyd producing. The song, like the film in which it was featured, was a success, reaching number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Adult Contemporary, and was a hit around the world. It is still in rotation on radio. The soundtrack album was number one for 18 weeks (9 weeks from December 5, 1987 to January 9, 1988, then 9 weeks from March 12 to May 7, 1988)

Music video[edit]

The music video in black and white features clips from the movie Dirty Dancing. The video can be seen on the Ultimate Dirty Dancing DVD.


The song was released commercially on 7" vinyl in many countries, with a 3-track 12" maxi single and 2-track cassette also produced. CD singles were a relatively new format, however; a 2 and 3-track 5" CD and Japanese mini CD single were commercially released.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl single - US[4]
1."She's Like the Wind"P. Swayze, S. Widelitz3:49
2."Stay"Maurice Williams1:34
CD single - France[5]
1."She's Like the Wind"P. Swayze, S. Widelitz3:49
2."Stay"Maurice Williams1:34
Cassette single - US
1."She's Like the Wind"P. Swayze, S. Widelitz3:49
2."Stay"Maurice Williams1:34

Chart history[edit]

In Popular Culture[edit]

"She's Like the Wind"
Lumidee - She's Like The Wind.jpg
Single by Lumidee featuring Tony Sunshine
from the album Unexpected
ReleasedApril 3, 2007
FormatDigital download, CD single
Producer(s)J. Marty, T.C. Love
Lumidee singles chronology
"She's Like the Wind"


"She's Like the Wind" is a cover recorded by American recording artists Lumidee and Tony Sunshine for Lumidee's second album, Unexpected (2007). It was released as the lead single from Unexpected in the US and Europe on April 3, 2007.


According to Lumidee, the idea to record a remake of Patrick Swayze's 1987 song "She's Like The Wind" was inspired by her European label when she recommended a collaboration with fellow New York recording artist Tony Sunshine.[20] She also said, "We'd been talking about working together but hadn't been able to. But he loved the idea of doing something with this song."[21]

Music video[edit]

The music video for this version was directed by Dayo.[22]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "She's Like the Wind" (radio edit) – 4:17
  2. "She's Like the Wind" (Spanglish version) – 3:53
  3. "She's Like the Wind" (instrumental) – 4:18
  4. "She's Like the Wind" (a cappella) – 4:15


Chart (2007) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[23] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[24] 22
Denmark (Tracklisten)[25] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 43
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[27] 18
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[28] 75

Other versions[edit]

  • The song was later covered by Vibekingz featuring Maliq, Phonkillaz (2002), and Patrick Nuo, and in 2007 by Lumidee featuring Tony Sunshine, released on Lumidee's album Unexpected.
  • The Vibekingz version reached #2 on Germany's pop charts in 2006, and stayed in the top ten for two months. The version by Lumidee received widespread airplay in the United States, reaching the top 20. Tony Sunshine sings the original part by Swayze, while Lumidee raps with original verses related to the theme of the song.
  • A mashup song and video of "She's Like the Wind" with "Minimal" by Pet Shop Boys has been a featured video on YouTube.
  • Girls Aloud covered "She's Like the Wind" in the Dirty Dancing Medley on their The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits Tour; it was Kimberley Walsh's solo.
  • Ultrabeat covered the song on their 2008 album, Discolights: The Album.
  • Jan Wayne covered it on his album Back Again.
  • Performed as a tribute to Patrick Swayze on Season 9 Dancing with the Stars Result Show by Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower.
  • John Sage covered the song as a single release in 2013.
  • Boston artist Michael Spaulding also covered the song for his new album released in 2013.
  • The song is briefly used in a scene of the 2009 movie (500) Days of Summer.
  • Swaytrick released their She's Like the Wind (Club Mixes) album in 2014. Besides the original Swaytrick versions the album features summery house remixes by The Moodshapers.
  • Urban Zouk Music Producer Jay Bee did a bootleg remix of the song in 2015.
  • Calum Scott performed a version used in the 2017 TV movie version of Dirty Dancing.


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  5. ^ Patrick Swayze – She's Like The Wind CD single - France
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  9. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1988-03-26. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  10. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  11. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  12. ^ South African Singles Chart [2] (Retrieved 4 December 2013)
  13. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  14. ^ Billboard (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  15. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 12, 1988
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  19. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 31, 1988
  20. ^ (Posted: March 26, 2007) Elena del Valle, Puerto Rican singer Lumidee launches second album in April 2007 Poyeen Publishing. Retrieved 10-31-2010.
  21. ^ (Posted: March 24, 2007) Gail Mitchell, "R&B singer Lumidee rejects one-hit-wonder tag" Retrieved 1-31-2010.
  22. ^ Lumidee, "She's Like The Wind" (Feat. Tony Sunshine) - Music videos Archived 2009-04-29 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 10-31-10.
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