Thorn in My Side

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"Thorn in My Side"
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Single by Eurythmics
from the album Revenge
Released 13 August 1986
Format 7", 12"
Recorded August 1985
Genre Pop rock, soul
Length 4:13
Label RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart
Producer(s) David A. Stewart
Eurythmics singles chronology
"When Tomorrow Comes"
"Thorn in My Side"
"The Miracle of Love"
"When Tomorrow Comes"
"Thorn in My Side"
"The Miracle of Love"
Music video
"Thorn in My Side" on YouTube

"Thorn in My Side" is a 1986 song recorded by British pop music duo Eurythmics. It was released as the second single from the duo's Revenge album. Written by band members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, the song is a cast-off to an unfaithful lover. "Thorn in My Side" was produced by Stewart.


Although the first single from Revenge, "When Tomorrow Comes," had barely reached the UK Top 30, "Thorn in My Side" became Eurythmics' ninth Top 10 single, reaching number five in the British charts. To date, it is their last appearance in the UK Top 10. In the United States, the track stalled at number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a hit in Australia, charting at 12 on the Kent Music Report.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Chris Ashbrook and Dave Stewart, depicts the band adorned in their black and leather Revenge stage costumes, playing in a studio set bar filled with an audience that includes a gang of Hells Angels. Clem Burke, drummer from the band Blondie, appears in the video as he was recording and touring with Eurythmics that year.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986/1987) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 12
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 14
Belgian Singles Chart[citation needed] 28
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 41
French Singles Chart[4] 64
German Singles Chart[5] 26
Irish Singles Chart[6] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 7
Swedish Singles Chart[8] 6
UK Singles Chart[9] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 68

Official Versions[edit]

1. LP Version - 4:15 2. Extended Version - 7:00

US 7" B-side: In This Town (LP Version) 3:48

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives: Australian Chart Book. p. 105. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Thorn In My Side". Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste". Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  5. ^ / PhonoNet GmbH. "Chartverfolgung / Eurythmics / Single". Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Group. "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Thorn In My Side". Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Eurythmics - Thorn In My Side". Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "EURYTHMICS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 9 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Eurythmics Album & Song Chart History |". Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Rubinoos - Crimes Against Music at Discogs". Retrieved 9 November 2016. 

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