Whiplash Smile

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Whiplash Smile
Billy Idol Whiplash Smile CD cover.JPG
Studio album by Billy Idol
Released 20 October 1986 (1986-10-20)
Recorded 1985–86
Studio Right Track Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Rock music
Length 45:29
Label Chrysalis
Producer Keith Forsey
Billy Idol chronology
Vital Idol
(1985)Vital Idol1985
Whiplash Smile
Idol Songs: 11 of the Best
(1988)Idol Songs: 11 of the Best1988
Singles from Whiplash Smile
  1. "To Be a Lover"
    Released: 23 September 1986
  2. "Don't Need a Gun"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Sweet Sixteen"
    Released: 1987
  4. "Soul Standing By"
    Released: 1987 (Aus & NZ only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]

Whiplash Smile is the third studio album by English rock vocalist Billy Idol. It was released on 20 October 1986 by Chrysalis Records. After his successful album Rebel Yell (1983), Idol continued his collaboration with Keith Forsey and Steve Stevens while writing and producing songs for the album.

Whiplash Smile received generally mixed reviews from music critics. Commercially, the album noted a success similar to his previous album. It peaked at number six on Billboard 200. In the United Kingdom, it reached number eight and also peaked inside the top ten in many other countries, such as Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and Switzerland. Whiplash Smile was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold more than two million copies worldwide.

Three singles were released from the album, with "To Be a Lover", "Don't Need a Gun" and "Sweet Sixteen" peaking into the top forty on the Billboard Hot 100. "Soul Standing By" was released as a single only in Australia and New Zealand.

Track listing[edit]

1."Worlds Forgotten Boy"5:40
2."To Be a Lover"3:51
3."Soul Standing By"
  • Idol
4."Sweet Sixteen"
  • Idol
5."Man for All Seasons"
  • Idol
  • Stevens
6."Don't Need a Gun"
  • Idol
7."Beyond Belief"
  • Idol
8."Fatal Charm"
9."All Summer Single"
  • Idol
10."One Night, One Chance"
  • Idol
  • Stevens
Total length:45:29


  • Produced by Keith Forsey
  • Recording Engineers: Dave Concors, Debi Cornish, Neil Dorfsman, Moira Marquis, Bill Miranda, Steve Tjaden, Dave Wittman
  • Mixing Engineer: Gary Langan
  • Assistant Mixing Engineer: Craig Vogel
  • Mastering: George Marino


Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[15] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[16] Gold 25,000[16]
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "CG: billy idol". Robert Christgau. 10 August 1993. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
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  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Billy Idol – Whiplash Smile". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Billy Idol – Whiplash Smile". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  12. ^ "Billy Idol | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Billy Idol Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Billboard 200 Year End 1987". Billboard. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Billy Idol – Whiplash Smile". Music Canada. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  16. ^ a b "Billy Idol" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Billy Idol – Whiplash Smile". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 April 2016.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Whiplash Smile in the search field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Billy Idol – Whiplash Smile". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 10 April 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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