Alone (Heart song)

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"Alone"
Single by Heart
from the album Bad Animals
B-side "Barracuda" (live)
Released May 16, 1987
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:39
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly
Producer(s) Ron Nevison
Heart singles chronology
"If Looks Could Kill"
(1986)
"Alone"
(1987)
"Who Will You Run To"
(1987)

"Alone" is a song composed by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It first appeared via Steinberg and Kelly's 1983 pet project, I-Ten, on Taking a Cold Look. It was later recorded by Valerie Stevenson and John Stamos in their roles as Lisa Copley and Gino Minelli, on the original soundtrack of the CBS sitcom Dreams in 1984. American rock band Heart made it a number one US and Canadian hit in 1987. Twenty years later, Celine Dion recorded it for her album Taking Chances.

Heart version[edit]

The song was sold to Heart and released as the first single from their ninth studio album Bad Animals in May 1987. Heart's version is a power ballad that begins with a piano line and a subdued vocal from Ann Wilson before exploding into an amplified hard rock, albeit heavily synth-led chorus. The song has been covered numerous times on American Idol as well as by artists such as Celine Dion, but is viewed as being exceptionally difficult to sing.[citation needed] According to a Songfacts interview with Steinberg, Kelly (an experienced session singer) provided the high harmony parts on the record.[1] "Alone" is Heart's biggest hit, spending three weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 that July. It ranked number 2 on the Billboard Year-End Top Pop Singles of 1987. It is also their most successful single in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart, so far as the band's only ever song to peak inside the UK Top 5; it is also one out of three UK Top 10 singles by the band. The song was also a huge global hit, reaching number one in Canada, the top five in Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland, the top ten in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Poland as well as the top twenty in Germany. The song's popular video featured the band in a synched live performance. An "unplugged" version of the song later appeared on Heart's 1995 album The Road Home.

Extended version[edit]

An extended version of "Alone" clocking in at 5:30 was released in Japan as the B-side to Heart's third single from "Bad Animals", "There's the Girl". This "Long Version" is exclusive to this 3" mini-CD single, and not found on any other release.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Original release[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 8
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[6] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 1
Dutch Singles Chart[8] 6
France (SNEP)[9] 88
Germany (Media Control Charts)[10] 18
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 4
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[14] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart[16] 2
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart[17] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (1987) Position
Australian Kent Music Report[18] 37
Belgian VRT Top 30[19] 59
Canadian RPM Top 100[20] 11
Dutch Megacharts[21] 52
Dutch Top 40[22] 56
Swiss Singles Chart[23] 18
U.K. Singles Chart[24] 34
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[25] 9

2009[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Hot Digital Singles Chart[17] 69
UK Single Chart[26] 199
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Singles Chart[27] 44

2010[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Single Chart[26] 170

2012[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Single Chart[28] 94
"Alone"
Single by Celine Dion
from the album Taking Chances
Released May 5, 2008 (2008-05-05)
Format Music download
Recorded January 2007 Conway Studios, Studio at the Palms
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:24
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly
Producer(s) Ben Moody
Celine Dion singles chronology
"A cause"
(2008)
"Alone"
(2008)
"My Love"
(2008)

Celine Dion version[edit]

Celine Dion covered "Alone" for her ninth English studio album Taking Chances (2007). It was released as the second single in Europe and North America, and third in the United Kingdom, while "Eyes on Me" was released as the second single in the United Kingdom instead.

"Alone" was produced by Ben Moody, ex-member of Evanescence. The version received mixed reviews from music critics, who thought that the cover was too similar with the original, considering it a dull and carbon-copy version.

Background and release[edit]

Celine Dion covered "Alone" for her ninth English studio album Taking Chances (2007). The version was produced by Ben Moody, former member of rock band Evanescence.[29] The version features tinkling pianos and enveloping strings.[29] It was released as the second single in Europe and North America, and third in the United Kingdom, while "Eyes on Me" was released as the second single in the United Kingdom instead. On April 12, 2008, the song was able to be voted on Quebec radio station Rock Détente's ‘Top 7 at 7’ show!.[30] The digital single release in the UK on May 5, 2008 was coincided with the British leg of the Taking Chances Tour.[31] In France, the song was released simultaneously with "A cause," featured on D'elles. In October 2008, "Alone" was included on the European version of My Love: Essential Collection.[32] A live version was included in the Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert CD/DVD.[33]

Critical reception[edit]

Music critics were divided on "Alone". Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic picked the song as one of the best tracks on Taking Chances, and wrote that "Celine attempts to snatch Heart's 'Alone' from Carrie Underwood and cribs from Kelly Clarkson's operatic rock, two blatant thieveries that, when combined with the quartet of explicit changeups, gives Taking Chances a vaguely desperate vibe, as if Celine needs to prove that she still reigns supreme among all divas."[34] Sarah Rodman wrote for Boston Globe that "Enlisting former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody adds little; in fact, the carbon-copy arrangement doesn't pack as much windswept melodramatic punch as Dion's own 'It's All Coming Back to Me Now.' Great vocal, terrific melody, a fine rendition, but 'Alone' is already indelibly stamped by Heart's Ann Wilson."[35] The Star editor Ashante Infantry called this song "sentimental, cringe-worthy diva track."

Chuck Taylor of Billboard called it "a rowdy cover."[36] Bill Lamb of About.com was more critical, calling it a "a dull, paint-by-numbers cover." and saying that her voice saved it.[37] Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone gave the song a negative review, writing: "That's nothing compared to Dion shrieking the ten millionth version of Heart's 'Alone' (mad pitchy, dog!), produced by ex-Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody — Amy Lee, meet the fugliest bullet you ever dodged."[38]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on November 24, 2007 at number 85 on the UK Singles Chart.[39] It spent 2 weeks on the chart.[39] After selling 12,535 copies, it entered the U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at number 24 and Canadian Hot 100 at number 57. It entered the Swedish Singles Chart, due to strong digital sales, and peaked at number 52.[40]

Music video and live performances[edit]

The music video was taken from Dion's CBS TV special That's Just the Woman in Me and released on March 8, 2008.[41] Celine Dion promoted "Alone" at that time in France, performing it on Star Academy. On November 23, 2007, she went to the American talkshow The View to perform "Taking Chances" as well as "Alone".[42] Dion performed the song during most dates of her Taking Chances Tour; the performance was included in the Taking Chances World Tour: The Concert CD/DVD.[33]

Formats and track listings[edit]

UK digital single

  1. "Alone" – 3:23

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007–08) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[43] 57
Canada AC (Billboard)[44] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[45] 52
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[46] 85
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[47] 24
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[48] 81
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[49] 86

Other versions[edit]

  • The Romanian rock singer Dida Drăgan, accompanied by new wave band Monolit (headed by Sorin Chifiriuc), covered this song in 1987, in a Romanian version named "Singurătate".
  • The Australian singer Robert Forster covered this song on his 1995 album I Had a New York Girlfriend.
  • The Mexican singer Marianne covered the song in 1995 in a Spanish version named "Sola".
  • The Finnish progressive metal band Warmen covered this song for their 2002 album Beyond Abilities. The vocals were provided by Kimberly Goss.
  • Japanese guitarist Syu did a version of this song on his solo album. Vocals were provided by Akane Liv.
  • A dance-pop version of the song was recorded by Kim Sozzi in 2006.
  • Carrie Underwood, Gina Glocksen, Ramiele Malubay, Allison Iraheta and Jacob Lusk have all covered this song on their live performances on American Idol. Malubay's cover was released as "Alone (American Idol Studio Version) - Single" on the iTunes Music Store in March 2008. Iraheta's live performance version was released as "Alone (American Idol Performance) - Single" in February 2009. Lusk's studio recording was released as "Alone (American Idol Performance) - Single" and as part of the "American Idol Top 12 Season 10" compilation album in March 2011. Following Underwood's performance, judge Simon Cowell correctly predicted that she would win the competition. He further predicted that she would outsell all previous Idol contestants.
  • Melissa O'Neil, Ashley Coles and Mark Day have all covered this song on their live performances on Canadian Idol.
  • Penelope had covered this song on her live performance on Pinoy Idol, second Philippine version of Pop Idol.
  • American singer Becca covered this song as a b-side to her single "I'm Alive" in 2008.
  • Jill Gioia performed "Alone" on elimination night in week 5 of Rock Star: Supernova.
  • The Dutch symphonic metal band After Forever recorded a cover which was released on the compilation Metallic Emotions (Vol. 1)
  • The Puerto Rican singer Janina Irizarry covered this song for her third studio album, but in a Spanish version named "Fantasma"
  • The song was covered on the hit television series Glee and was performed by Matthew Morrison and Kristin Chenoweth.
  • Doctors Rak and Tak performed this song on America's Got Talent during New York auditions.
  • Alyssa Reid had a hit in 2011 with the single, "Alone Again" that samples the original song, while adding new lyrics and a rap verse. She also released a partly French version called "Encore Seule" with rapper Dice B. [50]
  • Filipino singer/actress Anne Curtis covered the song on her 2011 album Annebisyosa.
  • The pop operatic group Il Divo covered this song in Spanish, as "Solo (Alone)", on their 2012 album Il Divo: The Greatest Hits.
  • In 2013, Australian artist Anthony Callea recorded a version for his album Thirty.

Appearances in other media[edit]

  • The song is featured at the end of the Cold Case episode called "Lonely Hearts."
  • A cover version of the song is featured in the video game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol.
  • "Alone" is sampled in the 1999 electronic song "Keep it Up" by J&R Project.
  • Used in a 2009 Burger King commercial
  • Sung by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison on Glee in the episode "The Rhodes Not Taken".
  • Appears in the Off-Broadway production Power Balladz.
  • Sampled by Ras Kass on his track "Gotten By On My Own" on his Quarterly mixtape in 2009.
  • Appears in an episode of the BBC comedy series Miranda in 2010.
  • The piano intro from this song is used in "What If" by Jason Derülo.
  • In 2010, Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced their freestyle to "Alone" on Dancing With the Stars.
  • In 2011, The X Factor '​s Cari Fletcher performed "Alone".
  • Played in the season 7 episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "Storm of the Century", when Dennis Reynolds sees the large-breasted local weather reporter Jackie Denardo approaching. It appears later in the 9th season episode "The Gang Saves the Day" as apart of Dennis' fantasy.
  • The Heart version of the song is available as downloadable content for Rock Band 3.
  • In 2012, The X Factor '​s Christopher Maloney performed "Alone".
  • In 2013, The Voice '​s Sasha Allen performed "Alone".
  • In 2013, X Factor Indonesia '​s Novita Dewi performed "Alone".
  • In 2013, The Voice of the Philippines '​s Mitoy Yonting and Chien Berbana performed "Alone" during the Battle Rounds. They were both coached by Lea Salonga.
  • In 2013, The Voice UK's Leanne Jarvis performed "Alone" during the Battle Rounds. Jarvis was coached by will.i.am.
  • In 2013, America's Got Talent '​s Branden James performed "Alone".
  • In late 2013, a version of the song was used in the UK as backing music to a television advert for expensive loans at 1500% APR, aimed at the financially desperate and/or illiterate. These played on the pun "How can I get you a loan?" and were performed by an animated singing tangerine.[51]
  • In 2013, X Factor '​s Rachel Potter performed Alone.

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Preceded by
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" by Whitney Houston
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 11, 1987 – July 25, 1987
Succeeded by
"Shakedown" by Bob Seger
Preceded by
"Shakedown" by Bob Seger
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
August 8, 1987
Succeeded by
"Funkytown" by Pseudo Echo