“Bette Davis Eyes” is a song written and composed by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, and recorded by the latter in 1974 for her album “New Arrangement. Kim Carnes’s cover was released in March 1981 with “Miss You Tonite” on the B-side as the lead single from her sixth studio album “Mistaken Identity.” The song is known for its catchy and infectious sound, featuring Carnes’ distinctive raspy vocals. It blends rock and pop elements, with a memorable synth-driven melody and a driving beat.
The lyrics of “Bette Davis Eyes” pay tribute to the legendary actress Bette Davis, describing a woman’s captivating and alluring qualities and comparing her to the famous film star. The song expresses admiration for this enigmatic woman and her captivating eyes.
“Bette Davis Eyes” was a commercial success, reaching the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, in Australia, France and other countries. The song’s catchy sound and unique style made it one of Kim Carnes’ most iconic hits and a classic of the early 1980s.