Stranger in My House (Ronnie Milsap song)

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"Stranger in My House"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Keyed Up
B-side "Is It Over"
Released April 2, 1983
Format 7" single
Genre Country rock, soft rock
Length 4:11
Label RCA
Writer(s) Mike Reid
Producer(s) Tom Collins
Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"Stranger in My House"
"Don't You Know How Much I Love You"

"Stranger in My House" is a song written by Mike Reid, and recorded by American country music artist Ronnie Milsap. It was released in April 1983 as the first single from the album Keyed Up.


The song tells of a man who suspects his wife is fantasizing about being with a secret lover. It is mainly in the key of D minor, with some portions of the verses being in D Dorian due to the sixth tone being raised by a half-step. Milsap's vocal ranges from D4 to A5. The main chord pattern on the verses is Dm-C-G twice, followed by Gm-Dm-Gm-A; the chorus uses Dm-Gm-A twice and ends on a Dm chord.[1]

Success and reception[edit]

His 35th single to be released, the song immediately became a major hit as it peaked at No. 5 on the country charts, and at No. 8 on the Adult Contemporary. The song also went as high as No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts.

The song features a rock guitar solo from Bruce Dees. Some stations edited this solo out of the song,[2] and a station in Denver, Colorado refused to play the song, because personnel at the station thought that the song sounded like a Led Zeppelin song. The airplay lost from the Denver station kept the song from going to number one.[3]

Music video[edit]

A black-and-white music video for the single, directed by David Hogan, was also released. During the beginning of the video, a man is shown literally breaking into the narrator's house as the blind singer plays his piano. During the climax, it shows his wife's imaginary lover playing an electric guitar as she performs an erotic dance to the solo. In the end, it shows investigators searching the house. White tape is laid down in the shape of an electric guitar.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 42
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 23
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 8


  1. ^ "Stranger in My House". Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Interview". Plugged In. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Rich, Kienzle (2004). Ultimate Ronnie Milsap (CD booklet). Ronnie Milsap. RCA Records. 82876. 
  4. ^ "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ronnie Milsap.
  5. ^ "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ronnie Milsap.
  6. ^ "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Ronnie Milsap.

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Preceded by
"Our Love Is on the Faultline"
by Crystal Gayle
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

June 25, 1983
Succeeded by
"You Can't Run from Love"
by Eddie Rabbitt