“Come On Eileen” is a popular song by the British band Dexys Midnight Runners, written by Kevin Rowland, Jim Paterson and Billy Adams. It was released on June 25, 1982 (credited to Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express), with “Dubious” on the B-side as the single from their second album, “Too-Rye-Ay”. It was a major hit and remains one of the band’s most recognized songs.
The song has a distinctive folk-pop sound with elements of Celtic folk music and soulful energy. It features lively fiddle playing, a catchy melody, and impassioned vocals by lead singer Kevin Rowland. Lyrically, the song tells the story of young love and the longing for a romantic connection (“Come on, Eileen, oh, I swear what he means”). The chorus is particularly memorable and anthemic.
“Come On Eileen” was a massive commercial success, reaching the top of the charts in multiple countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Its infectious melody and sing-along quality made it a hit not only during its release but have also sustained its popularity over the years. The song remains an iconic and enduring track from the 1980s music era.