Stranger in Town (Toto song)

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"Stranger in Town"
Single by Toto
from the album Isolation
B-side "Change of Heart"
Released 1984
Genre New wave
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) David Paich, Jeff Porcaro
Producer(s) Toto
Toto singles chronology
"Waiting For Your Love""
"Stranger in Town"
"How Does It Feel"
"Waiting For Your Love""
"Stranger in Town"
"How Does It Feel"

"Stranger in Town" is a hit song by American rock band Toto from their 1984 album Isolation.

It was the first single released from that album, reaching the Top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1984.[1] The song was the band's highest-ever charting Mainstream Rock track, eventually peaking at number 7. It was also a Top 40 single in Australia, where it remains the fourth highest charting single by Toto, behind only "Hold the Line", "Rosanna", and "Africa". The song was written by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, and features Paich on lead vocals. Though Bobby Kimball is officially credited as a guest musician on the album, having been fired from Toto, "Stranger in Town" was recorded while he was still a member of the group.

The music video (directed by Steve Barron) and lyrics to the song are based on the film Whistle Down The Wind, about an escaped convict who runs into a group of children that mistake him for Jesus.[2] Actor Brad Dourif plays the convict, and new member Fergie Frederiksen appears as a murder victim.[2] Dourif and Toto would also work on the movie Dune that same year.

The video was nominated at the 1985 MTV Music Video Awards for Best Direction.[3]

The band appears briefly in the music video at the 2 minute 30 second mark of the song. It is the only time in the video that they appear.



Additional musicians[edit]


Chart (1984-85) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 40
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 16
UK Singles Chart[6] 100
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 30
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[8] 7


  1. ^ "Stranger in Town" USA chart history, Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Toto Encyclopedia: Music Videos,
  3. ^ 1985 VMA Winners,
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 41, No. 17". RPM. 5 January 1985. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Billboard: The Hot 100, 22 December 1984". Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Billboard: Mainstream Rock Songs, 8 December 1984". Retrieved 16 April 2017. 

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