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"Hard Habit to Break" is a song written by Steve Kipner and John Lewis Parker, produced and arranged by David Foster and recorded by the group Chicago for their 1984 album Chicago 17, with Bill Champlin and Peter Cetera sharing lead vocals. Released as the second single from the album, it reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100[2] and was prevented from any more chart movement by "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)" by Billy Ocean and "I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder. "Hard Habit to Break" also peaked at No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[3][4] Overseas it peaked at No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart.[5][6]

"Hard Habit to Break"
Hard Habit to Break cover.jpg
Single by Chicago
from the album Chicago 17
B-side"Remember The Feeling"
ReleasedJuly 2, 1984 (1984-07-02)
GenreSoft rock[1]
LabelFull Moon/Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Steve Kipner, John Lewis Parker
Producer(s)David Foster
Chicago singles chronology
"Stay the Night"
"Hard Habit to Break"
"You're the Inspiration"

"Hard Habit to Break" was nominated for four Grammy Awards: Foster and Jeremy Lubbock won the award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s);[7][8][9] Chicago were nominated for the song in the categories Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal;[10][11] and Cetera and Foster were nominated for Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices.[8][12][13] Songwriters Kipner and Parker won an ASCAP award in 1986 for most-performed song.[14]

Puerto Rican singer Glenn Monroig recorded a Spanish-language cover version entitled "El Vicio Que No Puedo Romper" for his album Apasionado (1986). All-4-One also recorded a cover version on their compilation album Greatest Hits (2004).


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  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 55.
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  7. ^ "27th Annual GRAMMY Awards". Recording Academy Grammy Awards. 2013-01-16. Archived from the original on 2019-03-21. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
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  9. ^ Grein, Paul (1986-07-26). "With Hit Songs for Steppingstones, Star-Shaper Foster Is Now Writing His Own Script For Total Success". Billboard. 100 (30). p. D-10. Retrieved 2019-04-12 – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Hunt, Dennis (1985-01-11). "Grammys May Offer Few Surprises". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California, USA. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
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  12. ^ "David Foster". 2017-05-14. Archived from the original on 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
  13. ^ "Peter Cetera". 2019-02-15. Archived from the original on 2017-10-30. Retrieved 2019-04-12.
  14. ^ "ASCAP Awards Ceremony". Billboard. 98 (24). 1986-06-14. p. 79. Retrieved 2019-03-06 – via Google Books.

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