The King and Queen of America

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"The King and Queen of America"
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Single by Eurythmics
from the album We Too Are One
Released January 1990
Format 7", 12", cassette single, CD-single
Recorded September 1988
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:31
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart,
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Jimmy Iovine
Eurythmics singles chronology
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"The King and Queen of America"
"Don't Ask Me Why"
"The King and Queen of America"

"The King and Queen of America" is a song recorded by pop music duo Eurythmics. It was written by group members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart and produced by Stewart with Jimmy Iovine. The track appears on their album We Too Are One and was released as the album's third UK single in January 1990.

The song's music video showed Lennox and Stewart in a variety of costumes and settings which parodied various aspects of American pop culture, including a game show host and hostess, singing cowboy and cowgirl à la Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

Although not released as a single in the United States, "The King and Queen of America" received a fair amount of airplay on MTV.

Speaking to Stephen Holden of the Chicago Tribune in September 1989, Lennox spoke about the song and its message:

"It's an angry song that stems from one of my pet hates, which is the cult of personality. In America in particular, people want to invite the media into their living rooms and show off their love lives. The couple in the song are completely sold on all the glittering icons that are supposed to mean success and the attainment of the American dream. I`m very curious about what success is and wonder why people won't look at it more critically."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA Chart)[2] 72
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 16
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 38
French Singles Chart[4] 98
German Singles Chart[5] 51
Irish Singles Chart[6] 23
Japanese Singles Chart[citation needed] 62
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 31
UK Singles Chart[7] 29

Official Versions[edit]

  1. LP Version (4:34)
  2. Dance Mix (6:14)
  3. Dub Mix (4:52)

B-side: See No Evil (non-LP track) (4:10)


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  6. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 2011-06-09. 
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