Just Like Paradise

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"Just Like Paradise"
Single by David Lee Roth
from the album Skyscraper
Released December 30, 1987[1]
Recorded 1987
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 4:03
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) David Lee Roth, Brett Tuggle
Producer(s) David Lee Roth, Steve Vai
David Lee Roth singles chronology
"Tobacco Road"
"Just Like Paradise"
"Stand Up"

"Just Like Paradise" is a 1988 song by American rock singer David Lee Roth. Released after he had left Van Halen, the track was produced by Roth and guitarist Steve Vai. It was released as the lead single from Roth's second solo album, 1988's Skyscraper. The song reached the top 10 of the charts in the United States and Canada.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the single was released in January, 1988.[2] Like other Roth videos, it heavily featured the live stage performance. In between the stage pantomime are clips of Roth rock climbing at Half Dome.[3] The video concludes with Roth on a surfboard gliding across a live crowd.[citation needed]

Release and reception[edit]

Released in 1988, "Just Like Paradise" entered the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1988 and peaked at number six in March.[4] It reached number four on the Singles Sales chart, number eight on the Hot 100 Airplay chart,[4] It also spent four weeks at number one on the Mainstream Rock chart.[4] The song peaked at eight in Canada,[5] number 27 in the United Kingdom,[6] number 13 in New Zealand, and number 77 in the Netherlands.[7]

Music critic Charles Bottomley called the song "a polished ode to decadence, with a chorus you would be unashamed to punch the air to".[8] Allmusic's Eduardo Rivadavia described it as an "ultra-saccharine" single that tries "too hard to achieve an exaggerated pop sheen".[9]

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl
  1. "Just Like Paradise" (Roth, Tuggle) - 4:03
  2. "The Bottom Line" (Roth, Vai) - 3:37
12" Vinyl (UK)
  1. "Just Like Paradise" (Roth, Tuggle) - 4:03
  2. "The Bottom Line" (Roth, Vai) - 3:37
  3. "Yankee Rose" (Roth, Vai) - 3:47

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[5] 8
Dutch Top 40[7] 77
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[7] 13
UK Singles Chart[6] 27
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 6
U.S. Album Rock Tracks[4] 1


  1. ^ "The Best" cd liner notes (1997)
  2. ^ "David Lee Roth - "Just like Paradise"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  3. ^ Jeff Giles (2013-10-11). "Weekend Songs: David Lee Roth, 'Just Like Paradise'". Ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (8th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 543. ISBN 978-0-8230-7499-0. 
  5. ^ a b "RPM 100 Singles". RPM (RPM Music Publications Ltd.) 47 (23). 1988-03-26. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  6. ^ a b "David Lee Roth - 'Just Like Paradise'". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  7. ^ a b c "David Lee Roth - 'Just Like Paradise'". Ultratop. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  8. ^ Buckley, Peter (Ed.) (2003). The Rough Guide Rock: The Definitive Guide to More than 1200 Artists and Bands (3rd ed.). London: Rough Guides. p. 887. ISBN 978-1-84353-105-0. 
  9. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Skyscraper - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2010-02-06. 

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