(I Just) Died in Your Arms

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"(I Just) Died in Your Arms"
Single by Cutting Crew
from the album Broadcast
B-side"For The Longest Time"
ReleasedJuly 25, 1986 (UK)
March 14, 1987 (U.S.)
Format7" single
Recorded1986
GenrePop rock
Length4:41
LabelVirgin
Writer(s)Nick Van Eede
ProducerTerry Brown
John Jansen
Cutting Crew
Cutting Crew singles chronology
"(I Just) Died in Your Arms"
(1986)
"I've Been In Love Before"
(1987)
Music sample
 
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"(I Just) Died in Your Arms"
Single by Cutting Crew
from the album Broadcast
B-side"For The Longest Time"
ReleasedJuly 25, 1986 (UK)
March 14, 1987 (U.S.)
Format7" single
Recorded1986
GenrePop rock
Length4:41
LabelVirgin
Writer(s)Nick Van Eede
ProducerTerry Brown
John Jansen
Cutting Crew
Cutting Crew singles chronology
"(I Just) Died in Your Arms"
(1986)
"I've Been In Love Before"
(1987)
Music sample

"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" is the title of a song written by Nick Van Eede and introduced by his band, Cutting Crew, in 1986. It was their biggest hit, peaking at number-one in the United States, Canada and Finland, and reaching the top five in the UK, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Background and writing

The actual words "I just died in your arms tonight" originally came to him while he was having sex with his girlfriend,[1] the French phrase "la petite mort", or "a little death", being an obscure metaphor for orgasm. After writing down his version of the phrase, he later used it as the opening line to the song as well as using it as the chorus.

Music video

There were two music videos produced. The North American version featured artistic fragmented shots using a model, with the band performing to camera. The UK version was filmed both in color as well as in black and white in a film studio.[2]

Chart performance

First released in Britain, the song peaked at #4 on the UK charts in August 1986. Upon its release in the United States, the previously unknown band's debut single shot to number one on May 2, 1987, and stayed there for two weeks. It also reached #4 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #24 on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and (in a remix version) #37 on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart.[3] The song spent three weeks at #1 in Canada.

Chart (1986-1987)Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[4]9
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[5]19
Canada (RPM)[6]1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7]1
Germany (Media Control AG)[8]4
Ireland (IRMA)2
New Zealand (RIANZ)[9]50
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10]9
Norway (VG-lista)[11]1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12]2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13]4
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)4
U.S. Billboard Hot 1001
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks4
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks24

Covers and samples

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