Heartbeat (Don Johnson song)

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Single by Don Johnson
from the album Heartbeat
B-side "Can't Take your Memory"
Released August 19, 1986
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock, new wave
Length 4:18
Label Epic
Writer(s) Eric Kaz, Wendy Waldman
Producer(s) Chas Sandford
Don Johnson singles chronology
"Heartache Away"

Heartbeat is a 1986 song by Don Johnson. It was released as a single and included on the album of the same name. It became an international hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and charting highly in many European countries. It was also ranked at #90 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever by Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio, who commented, "Fame must have messed with [Johnson's] head, because Ol' Crockett really thought he could pull this off."[1] Segments of the song were sampled in the dance tune, "Heartbeat" by Scottish producer, Grum. The track appears on the video game Grand Theft Auto V in 2013. The song was also recorded by Helen Reddy and was a track on her 1983 MCA album "Imagination".

Track listings[edit]

7" Single

  1. "Heartbeat" 4:18
  2. "Can't Take Your Memory" 4:30

12" Single

  1. "Heartbeat" 4:18
  2. "Can't Take Your Memory" 4:30
  3. "Coco Don't" 3:33


Chart (1986/87) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 26
UK Singles Chart 46
German Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Swiss Singles Chart 6[2]
Dutch Top 40 10
New Zealand Singles Chart 13
Norwegian Singles Chart 5
Swedish Singles Chart 16


  1. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (September 11, 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever". AOL Radio. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  2. ^ hitparade.ch