Cold Hearted

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"Cold Hearted"
Single by Paula Abdul
from the album Forever Your Girl
Released June 15, 1989 (US)
Format CD Maxi, 7" Single, 12" Maxi, Cassette
Recorded December, 1988 — May, 1989
Genre Pop, New Jack Swing
Length 3:51
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Elliot Wolff
Producer(s) Elliot Wolff
Certification Gold
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Forever Your Girl"
"Cold Hearted"
"(It's Just) the Way That You Love Me" (re-release)

"Cold Hearted" is a 1989 Pop single by American singer Paula Abdul from the album Forever Your Girl, written and co-produced by Elliot Wolff. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the album's third song to top the US chart.

The video for "Cold Hearted" was inspired from Bob Fosse's erotica dance sequence from the movie All That Jazz. In the video, Abdul dances for music executives with a group of semi-nude dancers, Abdul was wearing a fishnet see through dress which exposes her belly button, The dance floor includes scaffolding where Abdul and her dancers hang and grind. The video was directed by David Fincher (of Fight Club fame), and spent more than three weeks on top of MTV's video rotation list.


"Cold Hearted" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in September 1989, ending Richard Marx's three week run at the summit with "Right Here Waiting". "Cold Hearted" ranked sixth in the "Top 100 hits of 1989".[citation needed] It spent a total of eight weeks within the Billboard Top 10.

"Cold Hearted" was the final UK release from Forever Your Girl in 1990. It was issued in remixed form unlike in the US and elsewhere, where an edit of the album version was released instead. It charted on 29 September 1990 at #55, going on to peak at #46 the following week. This remixed version was the follow to the Shep Pettibone remix of "Knocked Out" which had reached #21 three months previously.

Track listings and formats[edit]

US/Euro 12"/Euro CD single

  1. Cold Hearted - 12" Extended mix 6:51
  2. Cold Hearted - House mix 6:42
  3. Cold Hearted - Dubstramental 5:43
  4. Cold Hearted - Percapella 3:54
  5. One or the Other - album track 4:10

UK CD single

  1. Cold Hearted - Chad Jackson 7" mix 3:51
  2. Cold Hearted - Chad Jackson Extended mix 5:43
  3. Cold Hearted - 12" Extended mix 6:51
  4. Cold Hearted - 7" mix 3:35 (unlisted)

Official mixes[edit]

  • Album Version 3:51
  • 12" Extended mix/7" edit 6:51/3:35 - Keith Cohen
  • House Mix 6:42 - as above
  • Dubstramental 5:43 - as above
  • Instrumental 4:02 - as above
  • Percapella 3:54 - as above
  • Acapella 1:04 - as above
  • Chad Jackson 12" Extended/7" mix 5:40/3:51
  • Chad Jackson Ambient mix
  • Chad Jackson Breaks and Beats mix
  • Quiverin' 12" 5:12 - Eric Sadler/Hank Shocklee
  • Chillin' Bass dub 4:06 - as above
  • Vancouver Cold Feet Beat remix 6:19 – Mario S David for Rhythm Stick remix service
  • Disconet remix 6:20 - Dennis Muyet for Disconet
  • Swemix 6:35 - JJ and Stonebridge for Remixed Records
Chart (1989) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 46
German Singles Chart 38

Yearly charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 6
Preceded by
"Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
September 2, 1989
Succeeded by
"Hangin' Tough" by New Kids on the Block


  1. ^ "Paula Abdul Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Paula Abdul. Retrieved 2010-12-27.

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