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Simply Irresistible (song)

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"Simply Irresistible"
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"
Released22 June 1988 (US)
StudioLugano, Switzerland
Songwriter(s)Robert Palmer
Producer(s)Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer singles chronology
"Sweet Lies"
"Simply Irresistible"
"Early in the Morning"
Music video
"Robert Palmer - Simply Irresistible (Official HD Video)" on YouTube

"Simply Irresistible" is the first single released by English rock singer Robert Palmer from the 1988 studio album Heavy Nova.

In 1988, the song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, being denied the top spot for two weeks by Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child o' Mine".[2] It was No. 1 on Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks for three weeks.[3] It also earned Palmer his second Grammy Award the following year, and the song was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single.[4]

Cash Box called it a "hard charging power-guitar fueled rocker".[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by British fashion photographer Terence Donovan and shows Palmer surrounded by numerous women, all with the same heavy makeup and sweptback hair style. The video features women that Palmer met while visiting the Kentucky Derby (Karen Aubrey McElfresh, Kim Jones, Cheryl Day and Betty-Jo Cox).[citation needed]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 1
West Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 57
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 6
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 44
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 2
United States (Billboard)[12][13] 23


  1. ^ Breihan, Tom (4 December 2020). "The Number Ones: Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love"". Stereogum. Retrieved 24 September 2023. In 1988, Palmer again reached #2 with his sleek rocker "Simply Irresistible
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2022.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (July 2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 479. ISBN 0-8230-7499-4.
  4. ^ BRITs Profile: Robert Palmer Archived 2014-06-23 at the Wayback Machine. Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2012
  5. ^ "Single Releases" (PDF). Cash Box. June 25, 1988. p. 9. Retrieved 2022-12-21.
  6. ^ "Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts.
  8. ^ "Robert Palmer – Simply Irresistible". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Robert Palmer Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Singles for 1988". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved June 9, 2022.
  12. ^ "1988 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 100, no. 52. December 24, 1988. p. Y-20.
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1988". Retrieved October 3, 2016.

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