Everybody Wants You – Billy Squier | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#32) & Mainstream Rock (#1); 1982

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

After making the Boston area bar band circuit, Billy Squier attended Berklee College of Music for a year, and played in Kicks, The Sidewinders, and Piper. The latter unit recorded two albums before Squier disbanded it and signed a solo deal with Capitol Records. His debut effort, Tale Of The Tape, showed off Squier’s songwriting and guitar playing skills, and helped secure Squier a spot on tour with Alice Cooper and Whitesnake. His sophomore release, 1981’s Don’t Say No – with its smash mainstream rock tracks In The Dark and The Stroke – shot Squier’s sales into the triple platinum stratosphere. Emotions In Motion duplicated Don’t Say No‘s #5 peak position and yielded Billy’s biggest-ever rock radio hit, Everybody Wants You. Between strong support from MTV and a supporting U.S. stadium tour, Everybody Wants You stayed on top for six weeks. It reappeared for the 21st century rendition in a mash upped rendtion with Fischerspooner’s Emerge for TV’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Reinhold Mack
  • Billy Squier

Lyrics Written by:

  • Billy Squier