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John Waite - These Times Are Hard For Lovers (1987)

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"These Times Are Hard for Lovers" is a song by English musician John Waite, which was released in 1987 as the lead single ...

"These Times Are Hard for Lovers" is a song by English musician John Waite, which was released in 1987 as the lead single from his fourth studio album Rover's Return. The song was written by Desmond Child and Waite, and produced by Child, Frank Filipetti and Waite.

"These Times Are Hard for Lovers" peaked at No. 53 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and remained in the charts for sixteen weeks. The song also reached No. 77 in the UK Singles Chart and remained in the Top 100 for three weeks. The song's music video was directed by Jeff Stein.

Critical reception

On its release, Billboard described the song as a "sharp, dramatic rock track" and praised its commercial potential by claiming it "could very well do the trick". Cash Box listed the single as one of their "feature picks" during June 1987 and commented: "It is a tougher, more sinewy effort than his other solo singles, hearkening back to his Babys' days."

Larry Seel, writing for the Orlando Sentinel, commented: "The song has a rocking little melody that's bound to implant itself somewhere in your brain". He considered the song's music video to be "full of pep" and "reminiscent" of Rod Stewart's "Some Guys Have All the Luck". In a review of Rover's Return, Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic retrospectively described the song as a "surging opener" and "good radio rock", with Waite's voice "sound[ing] good in this polished setting".

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