Would I Lie to You? (Charles & Eddie song)

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"Would I Lie to You?"
Would I lie to you.jpg
Single by Charles & Eddie
from the album Duophonic
B-side"Remix"
ReleasedAugust 4, 1992
Format
Genre
Length
  • 4:38 (Album Version)
  • 3:41 (Radio Version)
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
  • Mike Leeson
  • Peter Vale
Producer(s)Josh Deutsch
Charles & Eddie singles chronology
"Would I Lie to You?"
(1992)
"NYC (Can You Believe This City?)"
(1993)
Music video
"Would I Lie to You?" on YouTube

"Would I Lie to You?" is an R&B song by American duo Charles & Eddie. Written by Mike Leeson and Peter Vale and produced by Josh Deutsch, "Would I Lie to You?" was the debut single by the pop-soul duo, and it proved to be their biggest hit. A major international success, it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in November 1992,[1] and was also number one in New Zealand, Germany, Austria and Zimbabwe. It was a top five hit in several other European countries while in Australia and Canada it went to number 3. The single became a Top 20 hit in the US, peaking at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it enjoyed award-winning sales, earning a platinum record in the UK, a gold record in both Germany and Austria and silver record award in France.

The songwriters, Leeson and Vale, received the 1992 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "Male duo is quickly picking up pop radio adds with this delightful twirl into retro-R&B territory. Rich lead vocals are supported by Motown-styled harmonies, rumbling Hammond organ fills, and an insinuating, live drum beat."[3]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Would I Lie to You?" (Radio Edit) – 3:41
  2. "Would I Lie to You?" (Club House Mix) – 5:04
CD maxi single
  1. "Would I Lie to You?" (Radio Edit) – 3:41
  2. "Would I Lie to You?" (Club House Mix) – 5:04
  3. "Would I Lie to You?" (Truth and Soul Mix) – 3:57
  4. "Would I Lie to You?" (Explicit Lyrics Version) – 5:01
7" single
  1. "Would I Lie to You?" (Radio Edit) – 3:41
  2. "Would I Lie to You?" (Club House Mix) – 5:04

Charts and sales[edit]

John Gibbons version[edit]

"Would I Lie to You"
Would I Lie to You - John Gibbons.png
Single by John Gibbons
ReleasedAugust 12, 2016
FormatDigital download
GenreHouse[36]
Length3:20
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Mike Leeson
  • Peter Vale
Producer(s)
  • John Gibbons
  • Colin Hanley
John Gibbons singles chronology
"Your Love"
(2015)
"Would I Lie to You"
(2016)
"P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
(2017)

Irish DJ and producer John Gibbons released a cover of the song titled "Would I Lie to You".[36] Gibbons co-produced the song with Colin Hanley, while Wez Clarke mixed the track with mastering from Nick Bennett.[37] It was released for digital download on August 12, 2016.[38]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[39] 34
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[40] 46
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[41] 53

David Guetta, Cedric Gervais and Chris Willis version[edit]

"Would I Lie to You"
Would I Lie to You - David Guetta, Cedric Gervais, and Chris Willis.png
Single by David Guetta, Cedric Gervais and Chris Willis
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2016
FormatDigital download
Genre
Length3:17
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Mike Leeson
  • Peter Vale
Producer(s)
  • David Guetta
  • Cedric Gervais
  • Junkx
David Guetta singles chronology
"All the Way Up (EDM remix)"
(2016)
"Would I Lie to You"
(2016)
"Shed a Light"
(2016)
Cedric Gervais singles chronology
"Skin On Skin"
(2016)
"Would I Lie to You"
(2016)
"Somebody New"
(2017)
Chris Willis singles chronology
"Don't Cry (Remember My Name)"
(2015)
"Would I Lie to You"
(2016)

French DJs David Guetta and Cedric Gervais, and American singer Chris Willis released a cover of the song titled "Would I Lie to You".[43] It was released to digital download through Jack Back Records, Parlophone, and Warner Music Group on September 30, 2016.[44]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016–17) Peak
position
Argentina (Monitor Latino)[45] 6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[46] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[47] 34
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[48] 23
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[49] 3
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[50] 28
France (SNEP)[51] 20
Germany (Official German Charts)[52] 2
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[53] 4
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[54] 4
Hungary (Single Top 40)[55] 9
Israel (Media Forest)[56] 4
Italy (FIMI)[57] 71
Latvia (Latvijas Top 40)[58] 8
Mexico Airplay (Billboard)[59] 10
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[60] 9
Poland (Dance Top 50)[61] 1
Russia Airplay (Tophit)[62] 7
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[63] 20
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[64] 14
Slovenia (SloTop50)[65] 3
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[66] 31
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[67] 80
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[68] 24
US Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[69] 32

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[70] 62
Chart (2017) Position
Argentina (Monitor Latino)[71] 36
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[72] 11
Hungary (Single Top 40)[73] 60
Poland (ZPAV)[74] 47
Slovenia (SloTop50)[75] 16

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[76] Gold 15,000*
France (SNEP)[77] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[78] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[79] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Poland (ZPAV)[80] Platinum 20,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide September 30, 2016 Digital download [81]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Warner [82]

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