“The Lady in Red” is a song performed by British-Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh.
The song was released in June 1986
as the second single from his album “Into the Light”. The song made him known worldwide.
Lady in red was written in reference to (though not specifically about) his wife Diane and was
released on the album Into the Light.
On the British TV series This Is Your Life, de Burgh said that the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives wore when they first met.
Lady In Red became a massive hit worldwide, quickly becoming de Burgh’s best-selling single
and his signature song, transforming him from a cult artist into a household name in many
It peaked at the number one position in Canada, the UK, Ireland, Norway and the
Flanders region of Belgium. It also reached number three in the United States during the
spring of 1987.
The song also helped the album “Into The Light” to the number two
position in the United Kingdom and success in other markets. The song was de Burgh’s third
UK hit single and the first to reach the top 40.
The song tends to divide public opinion and it was voted the tenth most annoying song of all
time in a poll commissioned by Dotmusic in 2000.
It was one of only two singles in the top ten which were not novelty songs. It was also voted the third worst song of the 1980s by readers of Rolling Stone. It was chosen as the sixth worst love song of all time by
Gigwise, who said “it is destined to grate on you at weddings forever more”. In a 2001
poll of more than 50,000 Channel 4 viewers and readers of The Observer, the song was voted
the fourth most hated UK number-one single.
Neil Norman of The Independent argued in 2006: “Only James Blunt has managed to come up with
a song more irritating than Chris de Burgh’s ‘Lady in Red’. The 1986 mawkfest – according to
De Burgh – has reduced many famous people to tears including Diana, Princess of Wales, Fergie
and Mel Smith. The less emotionally impressionable, meanwhile, adopt Oscar Wilde’s view on the
death of Little Nell – that it would take a heart of stone to listen to ‘Lady in Red’ and not laugh