Every Time I Close My Eyes – Babyface | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#6) & R&B (#5); 1997

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Babyface’s impact on contemporary popular music cannot be understated. As a songwriter, he has officially copyrighted 400 tunes, including two of the ten biggest songs of the rock era (End Of The Road and I’ll Make Love To You by Boyz II Men).

Madonna and Whitney Houston are also among the many who’ve benefited from Babyface compositions. Babyface’s producer credits are similarly stellar, most notably on the soundtrack albums The Bodyguard and Waiting To Exhale, which collectively sold close to 30 million copies in the U.S. alone.

Among his multiple Grammies stands one for Eric Clapton’s Change The World, which won the 1996 Record of the Year award. Amazingly, Babyface has also managed to pursue a “solo” career.

His singles often feature high-profile guest performers, such as saxophonist Kenny G, percussionist Sheila E., and singer Mariah Carey who assist him on Every Time I Close My Eyes.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

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  • Babyface


  • At the 1998 40th Grammy Awards, “Every Time I Close My Eyes” received a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance