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"Easy Lover"
Easy Lover by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins US 12-inch dance remix front cover.jpg
Front cover of North American 12 vinyl
Single by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
from the album Chinese Wall
B-side "Woman"
  • 20 November 1984 (US)
  • 25 February 1985 (UK) [1]
Label Columbia
Producer(s) Phil Collins
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"Easy Lover"
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Alternative cover
Front cover of UK 7″ vinyl
Music video
"Easy Lover" on YouTube

"Easy Lover" is a song performed by Philip Bailey, of Earth, Wind & Fire, and Phil Collins, of Genesis, and jointly written and composed by Bailey, Collins, and Nathan East. The song appeared on Bailey's solo album, Chinese Wall . Collins has performed the song in his live concerts, and it appears on both his 1990 album, Serious Hits... Live! , and his 1998 compilation album, ...Hits . It is Bailey's only US Top 40 hit as a solo artist.


The song was a No. 1 hit in several countries, including Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In the U.S., it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 2 February 1985 and stayed there for 2 weeks, behind the chart-topping "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner. In the UK Singles Chart, it reached No. 1, staying there for four weeks. [2] The single sold over a million copies in the U.S. and was certified gold, [3] as the RIAA requirement for a platinum single disc was not lowered to one million units until 1989. [4] In addition, "Easy Lover" has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 400,000 in the UK [5] and platinum in Canada by Music Canada. [6]

"Easy Lover" won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video in 1985 and was Grammy Award nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals in 1986. [7] [8]


In 1984, Phil Collins was hired as the producer for Philip Bailey's solo album, Chinese Wall . According to Collins, Bailey approached him at the end of the sessions for the album and asked him to write a song together. In "Phil Collins: My Life in 15 Songs", a 2016 interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine, Collins said of the song: "So we just started having a jam one night, and went round and round and turned it into a verse and a chorus. We recorded it that night so we wouldn't forget it. That song doesn't sound like any particular era. It's just fantastic." [9] According to the official sheet music, the song is in the key of F minor and has a tempo of 105 BPM, though the studio recording has a tempo of 130 BPM. [10]

Music video

The song's music video, filmed at Etward Studios, London, England, humorously depicts the making of a music video. It was produced by Paul Flattery and directed by Jim Yukich. [11]

Chart performance

Weekly charts

Chart (1984–86)Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) [12] 74
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [13] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) [14] 4
Canada RPM Top Singles [15] 1
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts) [16] 5
France (SNEP) [17] 14
Germany (Official German Charts) [18] 5
Ireland (IRMA) [19] 1
Japan (Oricon Singles Chart)19
Japan (Oricon International Chart)1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [20] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [21] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [22] 2
South Africa (Springbok Radio) [23] 6
Spain (AFYVE) [24] 11
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [25] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [26] 8
UK Singles (OCC) [27] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 [28] 2
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [29] 15
US Top Rock Tracks (Billboard)5
US Hot Black Singles (Billboard)3
US Cash Box Top 100 [30] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1985)Rank
Canada [31] 4
New Zealand [32] 42
UK [33] 12
US Billboard Hot 100 [34] 12
US Cash Box [35] 7


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada) [36] Platinum100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI) [37] Gold500,000^
United States (RIAA) [38] Gold1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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