Lionel Richie

Say You, Say Me

Composed by Lionel Richie

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Director Taylor Hackford asked Lionel Richie to write a title theme for his movie White Nights starring Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov. After viewing the film, Richie couldn't come up with anything using the title and instead submitted a demo of the ballad "Say You Say Me." Hackford loved it and the complete song was included in the movie, though it didn't appear on the movie's soundtrack album released on Atlantic Records. Motown wouldn't grant permission for "Say You Say Me" to be included on the soundtrack album, but issued a single version to coincide with the movie's release date. Produced by Richie and James Anthony Carmichael, the million-selling "Say You Say Me" stayed at number one R&B for two weeks, number one pop for four weeks, and number one adult contemporary for five weeks in early 1986. It earned Richie an Oscar for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe, an American Music Award, and a People's Choice Award. Richie's multi-platinum Dancin' on the Ceiling album also yielded the title track single, "Love Will Conquer All," "Ballerina Girl," and "Se La."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1984
Various Artists
Motown
Dancing on the Ceiling 1986 Motown 4:03
Back to Front 1992 Motown 3:59
Heart Rock, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
4:01
Motown Year By Year: The Sound of Young America, 1985 1995
Various Artists
Motown 3:59
Academy Award Winning Songs (1934-1993) [Box Set] 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:04
Academy Award Winning Songs, Vol. 5 (1982-1993) 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1996 Polygram
La Legende Des Best Sellers 1997 Universal 4:03
Truly: The Love Songs 1997 Motown 4:00
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1985 1999
Various Artists
Rebound Records / Polymedia 4:00
Panpipes Play Lionel Richie 1999 Elap Records 4:03
Kuschelrock, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:00
The Feeling of Body & Soul 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:00
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Burning Hearts
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Universal 4:04
The Definitive Collection 2003 Motown / Universal Distribution / Universal International 4:02
The 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Lionel Richie 2003 Motown 4:01
Gold 2006 Hip-O / Motown 4:01
80s Movie Hits 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 0:00
The Greatest Love Song Collection 2006
Various Artists
ZYX Music 4:03
Motown: The Complete No. 1's 2008
Various Artists
Motown 4:02
Les 100 Plus Grands Tubes 80's 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:00
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
The Best Collection 2009 Universal / Universal Music 4:01
Motown 50: Love 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:01
Największe Hity z Ekranu 2010
Various Artists
Magic Records / Universal Music Group 3:57
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:03
Ultimate 80's Movie Hits 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:02
Pure Love Songs, Vol. 2 2010
Various Artists
4:00
You Raise Me Up 2012 2012
Various Artists
Decca 4:02
Tuskegee 2012 Mercury 5:09
Icon 2012 Motown 4:02
No Image
Various Artists
UMG Recordings Inc.
100 Essential Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:01
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal Music 4:03
No Image
Various Artists
Universal
Baywatch
Various Artists
Island / Universal 4:00
Goue Mans Stemme, Vol. 5
Various Artists
Select 4:02
Throwback 1980's
Various Artists
Allegro / Somerset 4:01