Heaven Is a Place on Earth

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"Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Heaven on Earth
B-side "We Can Change"
Released September 18, 1987[1]
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded August 1987
Genre Pop rock, Adult contemporary
Length 4:06 (Original version)
3:35 (Radio mix)
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
Certification Silver (BPI)
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"Since You've Gone"
(1986)
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
(1987)
"I Get Weak"
(1988)
Music sample

"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" is a song recorded by Belinda Carlisle, the lead singer of The Go-Go's. Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 5, 1987, becoming Carlisle's only U.S. chart-topper with or without The Go-Go's. A month later it hit number one on the UK Singles Chart and held the spot for two weeks.

The song reached number one in many other countries, among them Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa and Norway. The song also reached number three in Germany, number two in Australia, and number six in Italy. It is widely considered to be Carlisle's signature song because of its success on the charts and its continued relevance today. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
  2. "We Can Change"
  3. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (Heavenly version)
  4. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (A cappella version)

Music video[edit]

The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance of Carlisle's husband Morgan Mason. It also features children wearing black masks and a cape while each of them holds an illuminated plastic globe. Carlisle appeared wearing a sampo and later changed to a black off-the-shoulder blouse. The video was partially filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Valencia, California, on the Spin Out ride.

Production[edit]

Carlisle's backup vocalists on the track include songwriters Nowels and Shipley as well as Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas and songwriter Diane Warren. It also featured Thomas Dolby on keyboards.

Charts[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 5, 1987
Succeeded by
"Faith" by George Michael
Preceded by
"Always on My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys
UK number-one single
January 16, 1988 – January 23, 1988
Succeeded by
"I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
Preceded by
"Always on My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single
January 30, 1988 – February 6, 1988
Succeeded by
"Always on My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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