When I See You Smile

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"When I See You Smile"
Single by Bad English
from the album Bad English
  • "Heaven Is a 4 Letter Word"
  • "Best of What I Got"
ReleasedSeptember 16, 1989
LabelEpic Records
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)Richie Zito
Bad English singles chronology
"Forget Me Not"
"When I See You Smile"
"Price of Love"

"When I See You Smile" is a song written by Diane Warren and performed by American/British band Bad English. It was released in September 1989 as the second single taken from their self-titled debut album of the same name, released in 1989. The power ballad[1] became the band's only U.S. number one hit when it peaked there in the fall of 1989 for two weeks.[2]

Music video[edit]

In the video the band are performing on a stage, which contains close-up shots of its members. The footage was taken at one of their arena concerts. It shows Jonathan Cain's distinctive synthesizer opening and moves into the soft initial vocal work of John Waite. The tempo picks up with Deen Castronovo's drum work and Neal Schon's trademark guitar during which Waite becomes more emphatic vocally; the song finishes with Waite's soft vocals. The video was directed by Jonathan Cain.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 4
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 1
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[5] 11
Poland (LP3)[6] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 61
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 11
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 38
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 34


  1. ^ "The 10 worst power ballads ever written". Louder.
  2. ^ "Bad English - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bad English – When I See You Smile". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6623." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 6656." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  6. ^ "Notowanie nr414" (in Polish). LP3. January 27, 1990. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "Bad English Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Singles of '89". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1989". Billboardtop100of.com. Retrieved April 10, 2019.

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