Simply Irresistible (song)

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"Simply Irresistible"
Simply Irrestible Robert Palmer.jpg
UK 7-inch vinyl variant of the standard artwork
Single by Robert Palmer
from the album Heavy Nova
  • "Simply Irresistible (Extended Version)" (12-inch and CD)
  • "Simply Irresistible (7-inch version)
  • "Simply Irresistible (Instrumental Version)" (12-inch and CD)
  • "Nova"
  • June 22, 1988 (US)
RecordedLugano, Switzerland, 1987
Songwriter(s)Robert Palmer
Producer(s)Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Sweet Lies"
"Simply Irresistible"
"Early in the Morning"

"Simply Irresistible" is the first single released by English rock singer Robert Palmer from the 1988 studio album Heavy Nova and is presented in one of the most distinctive and memorable music videos of the 1980s.

In 1988, the song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for three weeks.[1] It also earned Palmer his second Grammy Award the following year, and the song was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by British fashion photographer Terence Donovan and shows Palmer surrounded by several women. The video features women that Palmer met while visiting the Kentucky Derby (Karen Aubrey McElfresh, Kim Jones and Cheryl Day).


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 1
West Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 57
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 6
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 44
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 2
United States (Billboard)[9][10] 23


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (July 2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 479. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4.
  2. ^ BRITs Profile: Robert Palmer Archived 2014-06-23 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 14 April 2012
  3. ^ "Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ " – Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible". GfK Entertainment charts.
  5. ^ "Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Robert Palmer Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Singles for 1988". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  9. ^ "1988 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 100 (52): Y-20. December 24, 1988.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1988". Retrieved October 3, 2016.

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