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
Songwriter(s) Rick Astley
Rick Astley singles chronology
"Don't Say Goodbye"
"She Wants to Dance with Me"
"Take Me to Your Heart"

"Don't Say Goodbye"
"She Wants to Dance with Me"
"Take Me to Your Heart"
Audio sample
Alternative cover

"She Wants to Dance with Me" is a song written and recorded by Rick Astley in 1988. It is the lead single from his second studio album, Hold Me in Your Arms. 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 (1988–1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA Chart)[2] 15
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Ecuadorian Singles Chart[3] 1
Media Control Charts 10
Iceland (RÚV)[4] 16
Irish Singles Chart 4
Spain (AFYVE)[5] 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
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 44
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [7] 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. ^ "Rick Astley Chart History". RÚV. Retrieved 10 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  6. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. 23 December 1999. Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1989". Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 

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