Steal Away (Robbie Dupree song)

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"Steal Away"
Steal Away Robbie Dupree.jpg
Single by Robbie Dupree
from the album Robbie Dupree
B-side "I'm No Stranger"
Released April 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:31 (album version)
3:21 (single version)
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Robbie Dupree
Producer(s) Peter Bunetta, Rick Chudacoff
Robbie Dupree singles chronology
"Steal Away"
"Hot Rod Hearts"

"Steal Away"
"Hot Rod Hearts"

"Steal Away" is a song by American singer Robbie Dupree, from his 1980 debut album Robbie Dupree. Released as the first single from the album, it became his biggest hit, peaking at #6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1] In Canada, the song reached #14 on the Pop chart and spent three weeks at #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2]

In March and April 2009, VH1 ran its countdown for the 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 80s. "Steal Away" placed at #64, but Dupree had a second hit with "Hot Rod Hearts" (#15) and a third hit with "Brooklyn Girls" (#54). He also sang the popular song "Girls in Cars" for the WWF Tag Team Strike Force.

History and song information[edit]

The song was released by Dupree in 1980. It immediately charted in the top 20, becoming a big hit during the summer of 1980 and became the driving force on his debut album.[3] The lyrics suggest a romantic meeting between two lovers. Dupree skillfully asks that they "steal away... into the night", knowing that it is wrong yet irresistible. The imperative nature of the action, existential yet at the same time purely driven by immediate sense-perception, is the thrust of the chorus.[4]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 83. 
  2. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, August 30, 1980
  3. ^ Chicago Top 40 Charts 1980. RP Smith. 2002
  4. ^ The silent word: textual meaning and the unwritten. Robert Young, Kah Choon Ban, Robbie B. H. Goh World Scientific, 1998.

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