She Wants to Dance with Me

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"She Wants to Dance with Me"
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Hold Me in Your Arms
Released 20 September 1988
Recorded 1988
Length 3:24
Label RCA
Writer(s) Rick Astley
Rick Astley singles chronology
"Don't Say Goodbye"
"She Wants to Dance with Me"
"Take Me to Your Heart"
Alternative cover
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"She Wants to Dance with Me" is a song written and recorded by Rick Astley in 1988. The song was released in United Kingdom on September 20, 1988; it entered the chart at the number 16 and its highest chart position was number 6; it stayed 11 weeks in the UK Singles Chart.[1] On the Billboard Hot 100, it also reached number 6.[1] Astley kicked off Paula Abdul's "Straight Up", and stayed at number one for two weeks in Canada.[1] It was an international success.

"She Wants to Dance with Me" was Astley's first self-composed single that he released. Astley performed the song at the 1989 Grammy Awards, and he changed the lyrics to:

Now I know I've been out of touch, and I never meant to wear these clads oh so much (referencing his big suit look)

— Rick Astley at the 1989 Grammy Awards.[1]

When the song was performed on Top of the Pops, the backing keyboard player was songwriter-turned-Conservative MP David Morris.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

7" single RCA
  1. "She Wants to Dance with Me" – 3:24
  2. "She Wants to Dance with Me" (Instrumental) – 4:03
7" single RCA (USA)
  1. "She Wants to Dance with Me" (Watermix) – 3:14
  2. "She Wants to Dance with Me" (Instrumental) – 4:03
12" maxi RCA
  1. "She Wants to Dance with Me" – 7:14
  2. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" (Matt's Jazzy Guitar Mix) – 7:46
  3. "She Wants to Dance with Me" (Instrumental) – 4:03

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988–89) Peak
Australia (ARIA Chart)[2] 15
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Ecuadorian Singles Chart[3] 1
Media Control Charts 10
Irish Singles Chart 4
Spain (AFYVE)[4] 5
Swedish Singles Chart 12
Swiss Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [5] 88


  1. ^ a b c d "Discography - She Wants To Dance With Me". Rick Astley. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  2. ^ " > Rick Astley 'She Wants To Dance With Me'". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Top Ten Hit Parade". La Revista Otra (in Spanish). Guayaquil, Ecuador: Editorial Umiña de Ecuador (65-67; 69-75): 457. 1989. 
  4. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1989". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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