I Should Have Known Better (Jim Diamond song)

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"I Should Have Known Better"
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Single by Jim Diamond
from the album Double Crossed
Released October 26, 1984
Format Vinyl record (7"/12")
Recorded 1984
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:59
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Jim Diamond, Graham Lyle
Producer(s) Jim Diamond/Pip Williams
Jim Diamond singles chronology
"Clean Up the City/Back on the Line"
"I Should Have Known Better"
"I Sleep Alone at Night"
"Clean Up the City/Back on the Line"
"I Should Have Known Better"
"I Sleep Alone at Night"

"I Should Have Known Better" was a UK number one single for one week in December 1984 for Jim Diamond.[1] The song was displaced after one week by Frankie Goes to Hollywood's song "The Power of Love". Diamond publicly requested that people not buy his single, but instead buy "Do They Know It's Christmas?"[2]

"I Should Have Known Better" was re-recorded for Diamond's 1993 solo album Jim Diamond. He recorded the song a third time for his 2005 single "Blue Shoes", which also featured a re-recording of "I Won't Let You Down" and covers of old soul songs such as "My Girl".


Chart (1984/85) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 1
Dutch Top 40 2
German Singles Chart 15
New Zealand Singles Chart 48
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart[1] 1

Cover versions

The song was covered in French by Julie Pietri ("À force de toi"). It was also covered in Italian by Matteo Becucci ("Lo avrei dovuto sapere"), as part of a compilation that showcases the contestants of The X-Factor Italia's second season. The Spanish version of the song "Te Veo Pasar" was covered by Yolandita Monge in her album Luz de Luna.


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 443. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived May 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
Preceded by
"I Feel for You" by Chaka Khan
UK number one single
24 November - 1 December 1984
Succeeded by
"The Power of Love" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
1 December 1984 - 15 December 1984
Succeeded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid
Preceded by
"Shout" by Tears for Fears
Australian Kent Music Report number one single
1 April 1985
Succeeded by
"We Are the World" by USA for Africa
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