Hand on Your Heart

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"Hand on Your Heart"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Enjoy Yourself
B-side "Just Wanna Love You"
Released 24 April 1989
Format
Recorded London, England
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:51
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Certification Gold (Australia)[1]
Gold (UK)
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Turn It into Love"
(1988)
"Hand on Your Heart"
(1989)
"Wouldn't Change a Thing"
(1989)

"Hand on Your Heart" is a song performed by Australian recording artist and songwriter Kylie Minogue from her second studio album Enjoy Yourself (1989). Again from her previous releases up to "Let's Get to It", the song was produced and written by Stock, Aitken & Waterman. The song was recorded in London, England, through the sessions of the album. The song was released as the album's lead single from Enjoy Yourself on 24 April 1989. "Hand on Your Heart" received positive reviews from most music critics, who deemed it a highlight from the album and praised it as a strong single.

For the chart reception, "Hand on Your Heart" had chart success, as the song peaked at number four in her native Australia and also became Minogue's third number one in the UK Singles Chart,[2] but also peaked inside the top ten in France, Switzerland, Finland and Japan.

The song was also performed on some concert tours performed by Minogue, including it on her Enjoy Yourself Tour, Rhythm of Love Tour and was featured on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour and the Homecoming Tour "Hand on Your Heart" was known as one of Minogue's most well-known singles to date. The song was available as limited editions 7" and 12" posterbags featuring different artwork to the UK release in Australia. In 2006, Swedish singer-songwriter José González released an acoustic cover version of "Hand on Your Heart" as a single. His version peaked at number twenty-nine in the UK.

Composition[edit]

For the Abbey Road Session edit, the song features brushed drums and gentle piano magnify the heartbreak of “Hand On Your Heart”; lyrics such as “Oh, I wanna hear you tell me / You don’t want my love” sound pleading, not defiant.[3] Nick Levine from BBC Music was very positive towards the reworked version of the song, writing that "Who knew Stock Aitken Waterman tunes like [Never Too Late] and [Hand On Your Heart] had such melancholy lurking under the production chintz?"[4] Andy GIll wrote that "Hand On Your Heart", re-worked with a delicate, cyclical guitar figure augmented by a few telling piano chords, laid over a quietly shuffling snare whose gently scudding momentum allows the melody to glow at the heart of the song."[5]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

"Hand on Your Heart" received favorable from most music critics. Chris True from Allmusic highlighted the song as an album standout.[6] Digital Spy gave it a favorable review, highlighting it by saying "Put it this way... this piece is a wee bit late because it's hard to type while re-enacting the 'Hand On Your Heart' dance routine."[7]

Minogue recorded the song for her 2012 album The Abbey Road Sessions. That version received extremely rave reviews from contemporary music commentators. Tim Sendra from Allmusic said that "Stripping the songs down to their basics and then adding strings on top proves to be very effective, especially on “All the Lovers” or “Hand on Your Heart,” and most of the new arrangements are imaginative and sometime inspired."[8]

Chart performance[edit]

On 24 April 1989, "Hand on Your Heart" was released in the United Kingdom. The song became Minogue's third song to debut at number two on the UK Singles Chart, before it peaked at number one the following week. On its third week it was replaced on the top of the chart by the UK Hillsborough disaster charity single "Ferry Cross the Mersey" by The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock, Aitken and Waterman.[2] "Hand on Your Heart" also topped the UK Dance and Indie charts.

The song was one of the first singles to sell well on cassette, selling 2,000 copies in the first week of release. This would have been enough to have Minogue enter in at number one, something no female had ever done at the time, but the cassette single was not an eligible format for the chart at the time, meaning The Bangles stayed at number one with "Eternal Flame". Because of this the rules were quickly changed so that cassette singles were allowed.

Outside of the UK, the song was also successful. It reached number four in Australia and became Minogue's fifth top five single on the singles chart. In reached the top ten in Finland, France, Japan, and South Africa and the top twenty in Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden.

Music video[edit]

"Hand on Your Heart" featured a colourful music video that was directed by Chris Langman and filmed at Minogue's hometown in Melbourne, Australia in March 1989. The video features Minogue dancing in a modern house. She appears wearing a dress with a big heart on it that changes colour between vibrant colours of red, blue and yellow, Minogue travels from room to room, dancing playfully for the camera. A live version of the video was also released and featured Minogue performing a special "live remix" in Japan, both versions featured in Kylie's Greatest Hits 87-97 DVD.

An alternate version of the "Hand on Your Heart" video was broadcast on UK TV pre-release, but has never been screened again. On this version Minogue's shoes spin on camera and introduce all three of her new outfits of matching colours. Only one "shoe spin" remains on the final version. Released to music video channels prior to the single's commercial release, the video was a hit, gaining significant airplay on music video channels. The video was released commercially on the Ultimate Kylie companion DVD, released in December 2004.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Hand on Your Heart".

Live performances[edit]

Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
"Eternal Flame" by The Bangles
UK number-one single
7 May 1989
Succeeded by
"Ferry Cross the Mersey" by The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock, Aitken and Waterman

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - Accreditation awards (General: Awards)". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 501. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ http://www.avclub.com/review/kylie-minogue-emthe-abbey-road-sessionsem-88273
  4. ^ BBC Review.
  5. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/album-kyliethe-abbey-road-sessions-parlophone-8226829.html
  6. ^ "Enjoy Yourself - Kylie Minogue". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  7. ^ "Kylie: Revisited #2: 'Enjoy Yourself' - Music The Sound". Digital Spy. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  8. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-abbey-road-sessions-mw0002420710
  9. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1989". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  11. ^ "UK Singles Top 50 for Year - 1989". Mostynhouseschool.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20.