“Simply Irresistible” is a song written and produced by English rock singer Robert Palmer, released as the lead single (with the instrumental version of the song on the B-side) for his 1988 studio album Heavy Nova. Upon its release, “Simply Irresistible” became one of Robert Palmer’s most successful and well-known songs. It achieved significant chart success, reaching the top ten in several countries, including the United States, where it peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for three weeks. “Simply Irresistible” also earned Palmer his second Grammy Award the following year, and the song was nominated for the Brit Award for Best British Single. Cash Box called it a “hard charging power-guitar fueled rocker.”
The music video for “Simply Irresistible” was directed by British fashion photographer Terence Donovan. The video features Robert Palmer performing the song surrounded by a group of strikingly beautiful and glamorous women, emphasizing the theme of irresistible allure.The video features women that Palmer met while visiting the Kentucky Derby (Karen Aubrey McElfresh, Kim Jones and Cheryl Day). The video was considered to be one of the most stylish and iconic music videos of the 1980s.
“Simply Irresistible” helped propel the album “Heavy Nova” to commercial success, reaching multi-platinum status and solidifying Robert Palmer’s status as a respected and popular artist in the 1980s music scene. The song remains a favorite among fans of ’80s pop-rock music and has been featured in numerous movies, TV shows, and commercials over the years. Its infectious groove, memorable chorus, and Robert Palmer’s charismatic performance have contributed to its enduring popularity. “Simply Irresistible” is regarded as one of Robert Palmer’s signature songs and a classic of the 1980s pop-rock era. It continues to be celebrated and enjoyed by audiences, ensuring its place as a nostalgic favorite in the world of ’80s music.