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 Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Stay
Released 1987
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
CD single, cassette
Recorded November 1986
Genre Soft rock[1]
Length 3:52
Label RCA
Writer(s) Patrick Swayze, Stacy Widelitz
Producer(s) Michael Lloyd

"She's Like the Wind" is a 1987 power ballad 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 featuring Wendy Fraser"; Fraser is heard throughout much of the song, specifically in the final chorus. The single reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2]


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 circulation on radio. The soundtrack album was number one for 19 weeks.[when?]


Swayze co-wrote and performed two tracks on the soundtrack to the film Road House (1989), plus he co-wrote and performed a duet with Larry Gatlin for the film Next of Kin (1989).

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.

Track listing[edit]


Chart (1988) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] 6
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 15
Dutch Mega Top 100[4] 13
German Singles Chart[5] 14
Irish Singles Chart[6] 4
New Zealand Singles Chart[4] 27
Norwegian Singles Chart[4] 7
South African Singles Chart[7] 13
Swedish Singles Chart[4] 8
Swiss Singles Chart[4] 23
UK Singles Chart[8] 17
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
Chart (1992/93) Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart[4] 7
Chart (2009) Peak
Swiss Singles Chart[10] 67
Preceded by
"Seasons Change" by Exposé
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single (Patrick Swayze version)
February 27, 1988
Succeeded by
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
""She's Like The Wind""
Lumidee - She's Like The Wind.jpg
Single by Lumidee featuring Tony Sunshine
from the album 'Unexpected'
Released April 3, 2007
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Label TVT
Producer(s) J. Marty, T.C. Love
Lumidee 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 U.S. 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.[11] 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."[12]

Music video[edit]

The music video for this version was directed by Dayo.[13]

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 Capella)" - 4:15


Chart (2007) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[14] 14
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[15] 22
Denmark (Tracklisten)[16] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 43
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[18] 18
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[19] 75

Other versions[edit]


  1. ^ McNelis, Tim. "Dancing in the Nostalgia Factory: Anachronistic Music in Dirty Dancing". In The Time of Our Lives: Dirty Dancing and Popular Culture. Eds. Yannis Tzioumakis & Siân Lincoln. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2013. P. 250.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 238. 
  3. ^ "She's Like the Wind" [1] (Retrieved October 5, 2016)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "She's Like the Wind", in various singles charts (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  5. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  7. ^ South African Singles Chart [2] (Retrieved 4 December 2013)
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  9. ^ Billboard (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  10. ^
  11. ^ (Posted: March 26, 2007) Elena del Valle, Puerto Rican singer Lumidee launches second album in April 2007 Poyeen Publishing. Retrieved 10-31-2010.
  12. ^ (Posted: March 24, 2007) Gail Mitchell, "R&B singer Lumidee rejects one-hit-wonder tag" Retrieved 1-31-2010.
  13. ^ Lumidee, "She's Like The Wind" (Feat. Tony Sunshine) - Music videos Retrieved 10-31-10.
  14. ^ " – Lumidee feat. Tony Sunshine – She's Like The Wind" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  15. ^ " – Lumidee feat. Tony Sunshine – She's Like The Wind" (in French). Ultratip.
  16. ^ " – Lumidee feat. Tony Sunshine – She's Like The Wind". Tracklisten.
  17. ^ "Lumidee – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Lumidee.
  18. ^ "Lumidee – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Lumidee.
  19. ^ "Lumidee – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Lumidee.