When I See You Smile

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"When I See You Smile"
Single by Bad English
from the album Bad English
B-side "Heaven Is a 4 Letter Word"
"Best of What I Got"
Released September 16, 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:19
Label Epic Records
Songwriter(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Richie Zito
Bad English singles chronology
"Forget Me Not"
"When I See You Smile"
"Price of Love"

"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 was a huge success and went on to become the band's first and only US number one hit when it peaked there in the fall of 1989 for two weeks.[1]

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 complete video was directed by Jonathan Cain and can easily be found on YouTube.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1989-1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 4
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[3] 61
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 11
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 38

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1992, 16-year-old reggae artist Singing Sweet scored a hit cover version in Jamaica and on the dancehall scene in the United States.[6][7]
  • In 2006, American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken covered it on his third album A Thousand Different Ways.
  • In 2006, Filipino singer, Kris Lawrence covered this song from his self-titled album, "Kris Lawrence."


  1. ^ "Bad English - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bad English – When I See You Smile". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "BAD ENGLISH | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Bad English Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Entertainment :: Singing Sweet eyes top spot again :: May 13, 2009". The Jamaica Star. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  7. ^ "Singing Sweet - Jamaicansmusic.com". Mail.jamaicansmusic.com. 2013-01-21. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 

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