Released in 1985, If You Were Here Tonight was featured on Alexander O’Neal’s self-titled album, Alexander O’Neal, along with two other R&B hits, Innocent and Missing. Reaching No. 13 in UK Singles Chart, the song was O’Neal’s first successful hit in the UK in March 1986 after it peaked at No. 81 in August 1985. Known for its non-rhyming lyrics, the song also reached No. 17 in the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.