Rhythm of My Heart

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"Rhythm of My Heart"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Vagabond Heart
B-side "Moment of Glory"
Released 1991
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD maxi
Recorded 1990
Genre Rock
Length 4:12
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Marc T. Jordan, John Capek
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"I Don't Want to Talk About It"
"Rhythm of My Heart"
"The Motown Song"

"Rhythm of My Heart" is a rock song written by Marc Jordan and John Capek for Dutch rock and roll artist René Shuman's 1986 debut album René Shuman.[citation needed]

In 1991 Rod Stewart recorded the song for his album Vagabond Heart. The song was produced by Trevor Horn. It is the album's opening track, and was released as its first single. The single reached No. 3 in the UK chart and No. 5 on the US chart. The melody is an adaptation of "Loch Lomond". The meter, stanzas and lyrics are also based on the poem, a nod to Stewart's own Scottish heritage. Eric Rigler played the Great Highland bagpipes heard during Stewart's version.

The single was played during the bar scenes in The Perfect Storm, which take place several months after its release (October 1991). It has also been covered by Runrig, who released it as a single. Stewart performed the song (with adjusted lyrics) at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Rhythm of My Heart".

7" single
  1. "Rhythm of My Heart" - 4:12
  2. "Moment of Glory" - 4:37
12" single
  1. "Rhythm of My Heart" - 4:12
  2. "Moment of Glory" - 4:37
  3. "I Don't Want to Talk About It (newly recorded)" - 4:49
CD maxi - Europe
  1. "Rhythm of My Heart" - 4:12
  2. "Moment of Glory" - 4:37
  3. "I Don't Want to Talk About It (newly recorded)" - 4:49

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Producer - Trevor Horn
  • Mixed by - Steve McMillan, Trevor Horn
  • Fairlight Programming - Gary Maughn
  • Keyboards - Kevin Savigar, Richard Cottle
  • "Squeeze Box" - Michael McNeil
  • Drums - John Robinson
  • Bass - Neil Stubenhaus (credited as "Neil Stubenhouse")
  • Guitar - Gary Taylor
  • Bagpipes - Kevin Weed
  • Choir directors - Nick Stimple, Joe Turano
  • String arranger / conductor - Kevin Savigar
  • Backing vocals - Joe Turano, John Batdorf, Randel Crenshaw, Gary Falcone, Roger Freeland, Robert Jason, Arnold Stiefel, Lionel Conway, Garry Cook, Mark Hughes, Khaldoon al-Mubarak


Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[1] Silver May 1, 1991 200,000


Preceded by
"Do The Bartman" by The Simpsons
Irish IRMA number-one single
March 28, 1991 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Deep Deep Trouble" by The Simpsons


  1. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved January 19, 2009)
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Ultratop.be - Rod Stewart - Rhythm of My Heart". Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  3. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved January 18, 2009)
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved January 18, 2009)
  5. ^ "Rhythm of My Heart", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved January 18, 2009)
  6. ^ a b "Rod Stewart > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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