There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)

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"There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)"
Single by Billy Ocean
from the album Love Zone
Released 1986
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1986
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 4:55
Label Jive
Writer(s) Billy Ocean
Wayne Brathwaite
Barry Eastmond
Billy Ocean singles chronology
"When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going"
"There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)"
"Love Zone"

"There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)" is a 1986 single by Billy Ocean. The song was written and produced by Wayne Brathwaite and Barry Eastmond; Ocean was also credited as a co-writer for the song. It appears on Ocean's 1986 album Love Zone, which was released on Jive Records. The song went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week beginning 5 July 1986, where it remained for one week, becoming the 600th song to ascend to that position. It also topped the adult contemporary and R&B charts in the United States that same summer.


According to Barry Eastmond, the song was inspired by an incident involving Ocean's hit song of the previous year, "Suddenly". Eastmond told Fred Bronson in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits about a friend of his wife's who had recently broken up with a long-term boyfriend. While at a party given by her new boyfriend, the song "Suddenly," which reminded her of her previous boyfriend, was played, and she broke down in tears. Eastmond and his co-writers used this scenario as the basis for writing "There'll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)."

Music video[edit]

The music video consists of Billy Ocean performing the song live at one of his concerts in 1986. [There is a not-live-performance video in which towards the end, Billy stands seeing a woman coming towards him and as he gets ready to hug her, she just walks past him, to his devastation.]

Chart (1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 10
Canada (RPM) 1
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 12
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 1


  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 221. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

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Preceded by
"On My Own" by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
Canadian RPM number-one single
5 July 1986
Succeeded by
"I Can't Wait" by Nu Shooz
Preceded by
"On My Own" by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
5 July 1986
Succeeded by
"Holding Back the Years" by Simply Red
Preceded by
"Live to Tell" by Madonna
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
21 June 1986
Succeeded by
"No One Is to Blame" by Howard Jones
Preceded by
"Nasty" by Janet Jackson
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
28 June – 5 July 1986
Succeeded by
"Who's Johnny" by El DeBarge