Sweet Surrender (Wet Wet Wet song)

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"Sweet Surrender"
Sweet surrender.jpg
Single by Wet Wet Wet
from the album Holding Back the River
Released 18 September 1989 (UK)
Format CD, cassette, 7", 12"
Genre Soft rock
Length 6:01 (album version)
4:24 (single version)
Label PolyGram
Writer(s) Marti Pellow, Tommy Cunningham, Graeme Clark, Neil Mitchell
Wet Wet Wet singles chronology
"With a Little Help from My Friends"
"Sweet Surrender"
"Broke Away"

"Sweet Surrender" was the first single from Wet Wet Wet's third studio album, Holding Back the River. It was released on 18 September 1989, and reached #6 on the UK singles chart.[1] The single fared extremely well in Ireland, topping the charts for two weeks,[citation needed] and giving the band their second consecutive Irish number one.[2] In Australia, "Sweet Surrender" peaked at #7 on the ARIA singles chart in May 1990,[3] and was certified gold.[4]

Marti Pellow recorded his own version of the song for inclusion on his 2002 album Marti Pellow Sings the Hits of Wet Wet Wet & Smile. For that version, he changed the lyric from Hey, little fella, now your show's together to Hey, little fella, now your shit's together.

Music Video[edit]

The music video features the band performing in a dark blue background with a smiling Marti Pellow singing the song and various women dressed in red Arabian clothing swimming in midair.

Track listings[edit]


  1. "Sweet Surrender"
  2. "Sweet Surrender" (extended version)
  3. "This Time" (live)
  4. "H.T.H.D.T.G.T."


  1. "Sweet Surrender"
  2. "This Time" (live)


  1. "Sweet Surrender"
  2. "This Time" (live)


  1. "Sweet Surrender"
  2. "This Time" (live)
  3. "Sweet Surrender" (extended version)
  4. "H.T.H.D.T.G.T."


  1. ^ "Official Charts > Wet Wet Wet". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  2. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know > Page 4 of search results for 'Wet Wet Wet'". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  3. ^ "australian-charts.com > Wet Wet Wet - Sweet Surrender (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
Preceded by
"Ride On Time" by Black Box
Irish number one single
5 October 1989 for 2 weeks
Succeeded by
"That's What I Like" by Jive Bunny & the Mastermixers