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"Dancing With A Stranger" is a song by Sam Smith and Normani. It was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Hermansen, Jimmy Napes, Normani and Sam Smith and production was handled by Jimmy Napes, StarGate, Tim Blacksmith and Danny D. It was released through Universal Music Group on January 14, 2019.

Background

Sam Smith first teased this song on his social media profiles on January 4, 2019.[1]. The post featured both artists at a photography shoot with Maggie West. A snippet of the track was later teased by Sam the day before the track released.

In an Instagram video clip posted by Sam the day before its release he said, "I want to share my feelings with you … this song, of all my songs, when I wrote it … was a healing moment. It’s simple, but what I was feeling at the time was as deep as I’ve ever felt. I don’t feel that way now. I’m in a very different place now." The lyrics, as with many Sam Smith songs, is autobiographical. Sam, in a tribute to his collaborator, Normani, also said, "This song is about me and Normani … I’ve been a fan of yours (Normani) for ages, and what we’ve produced is natural and organic. I love you."[2]

Lyrics

[Intro: Sam Smith]
Hmm, mhm

[Verse 1: Sam Smith]
I don't wanna be alone tonight ('Lone tonight)
It's pretty clear that I'm not over you (Over you, over you)
I'm still thinking 'bout the things you do (Things you do)
So I don't want to be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight
Can you light the fire? (Light the fire, light the fire)
I need somebody who can take control (Take control)
I know exactly what I need to do
'Cause I don't wanna be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight

[Chorus: Sam Smith]
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Dancing with a stranger

[Verse 2: Normani]
I wasn't even going out tonight (Out tonight)
But, boy, I need to get you off of my mind (Off of my mind)
I know exactly what I have to do
I don't wanna be alone tonight, alone tonight, alone tonight

[Chorus: Normani, Sam Smith & Both]
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger Dancing 'with' a stranger Dancing with a stranger Dancing, yeah, ooh

[Outro: Sam Smith, Normani & Both]
Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new (Ooh) Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger Look what you made me do, I'm with somebody new
Ooh, baby, baby, I'm dancing with a stranger
I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Ooh) I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Dancing with a stranger) I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Dancing with a stranger)
I'm dancing, I'm dancing (Dancing with a stranger)

Commercial Performance

In the United Kingdom, "Dancing with a Stranger" peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart in January 2019, becoming Smith's eleventh and Normani's first top ten single in the UK.[3] It was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.[4] In the United States, the song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2019, making it Smith's sixth and Normani's second top ten single in the US.[5] In May 2019, "Dancing with a Stranger" topped the US Radio Songs chart, becoming Smith's second and Normani's first chart topper there.[6] It also topped the US Adult Top 40 and reached number two on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, behind "Sucker" by the Jonas Brothers.[7][8] In other countries, "Dancing with a Stranger" peaked inside top ten in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Canada, and Sweden.[9][10] It was also certified 2x Platinum in Australia, Platinum in Canada and New Zealand, and Gold in few other European countries.[11][12][13]

References

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