Show Me Heaven

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For the 2009 Lili & Susie song, see Show Me Heaven (Lili & Susie song).
"Show Me Heaven"
Single by Maria McKee
from the album Days of Thunder Soundtrack
B-side "Car Building" by Hans Zimmer
Released June 1990 (1990)
Format 7", CD, cassette
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:46
Label Epic
Writer(s) Maria McKee, Eric Rackin, Jay Rifkin
Producer(s) Peter Asher
Maria McKee singles chronology
"I've Forgotten What It Was in You (That Put the Need in Me)"
"Show Me Heaven"

"Show Me Heaven" is a song written by Maria McKee, Eric Rackin and Jay Rifkin recorded by McKee for the soundtrack to the movie Days of Thunder (which was released in June 1990). It was later covered by Robin Zander, Laura Branigan, and other artists.

Originally written by Joshua Rifkin and Eric Rankin, when McKee was first offered the song, she refused to record it unless she was allowed to change the lyrics.[citation needed] She was, and with a co-writing credit, "Show Me Heaven", produced by Peter Asher, topped the charts in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Norway.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

The theme song to the Tom Cruise movie Days of Thunder, McKee's recording was a massive hit in the United Kingdom, spending four weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart.[2] It was also a number one hit on the Dutch Top 40 in the Netherlands and the Norwegian Singles Chart in Norway. "Show Me Heaven" failed to enter the Billboard Hot 100, but did peak at number 28 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[3] Although it was her only number-one as a performer, her song "A Good Heart" was taken to number-one in November 1985 by Feargal Sharkey.

Chart (1990/1991) Peak
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[3] 28
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[4] 3
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 15
Dutch Nationale Top 100[6] 1
Dutch Top 40[7] 1
Irish Singles Chart[8] 2
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 12
Norwegian Singles Chart[10] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[11] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[12] 4
UK Singles Chart[2] 1
Preceded by
"The Joker" by Steve Miller Band
UK number one single
September 23, 1990 (1990-09-23) – October 20, 1990 (1990-10-20)
(4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"A Little Time" by Beautiful South
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
November 17, 1990 (1990-11-17) – November 30, 1990 (1990-11-30)
(2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers
Dutch Nationale Top 100 number-one single
November 24, 1990 (1990-11-24) – November 30, 1990 (1990-11-30)
(1 week)
Preceded by
"Crying in the Rain" by a-ha
Norwegian Singles Chart number one single
week 46, 1990 – week 4, 1991
(10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Sadeness (Part I)" by Enigma

Tina Arena version[edit]

"Show Me Heaven"
Single by Tina Arena
from the album Don't Ask
B-side "Message"
"Greatest Gift"
Released November 20, 1995 (1995-11-20)
Format CD
Genre Pop
Length 3:32 (single version)
4:20 (album version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maria McKee, Eric Rackin, Jay Rifkin
Producer(s) Peter Asher
Tina Arena singles chronology
"Wasn't It Good"
"Show Me Heaven"
"That's the Way a Woman Feels"

Australian singer Tina Arena released her version of the song as the fifth single for her 1994 album Don't Ask.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995/96) Peak
European Hot 100 Singles[13] 87
German Singles Chart[14] 78
New Zealand Singles Chart[15] 33
UK Singles Chart[16] 29
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[17] 3

Other cover versions[edit]

McKee sang backup on a remake of the song by Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander, when he released his first, self-titled solo album in 1993. Laura Branigan recorded the song and featured it as one of two new tracks on her 1995 greatest hits album, The Best of Branigan. Swedish pop singer Cecilia Vennersten sang a Swedish version of the song, "Sjunde himlen finns", on her 1995 album Cecilia Vennersten. Other artists who have recorded the song include Jessica Andrews, the British horror punk band Zombina and the Skeletones, Mickey Modelle and the gothic metal band Elis. In the United Kingdom, a dance version by Chimira peaked at number seventy on the UK Singles Chart in 1997[18] and another dance version by Saint featuring Suzanne Dee peaked at number thirty six on the chart in 2003.[19] In 2002, Nadine Coyle performed the song on Popstars The Rivals en route to winning a spot in the group Girls Aloud.[1] Honeyz member and former Solid HarmoniE member, Mariama Goodman recorded her own version of this song and it leaked on YouTube.


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  2. ^ a b "Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven". Chart Stats. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Maria McKee > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved October 18, 2009 (2009-10-18).  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven". Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Maria McKee - "Show Me Heaven"" (in German). Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven" (in Dutch). Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 - week 46, 1990" (in Dutch). Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  8. ^ "search results for "Show Me Heaven"". Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven". Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven". Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven". Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Maria McKee - Show Me Heaven" (in German). Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Tina Arena - Show Me Heaven". Eurochart. Retrieved July 7, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Chartverfolgung - Arena,Tina - Show Me Heaven". Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  15. ^ "Tina Arena - Show Me Heaven". Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Tina Arena - Show Me Heaven". Chart Stats. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Tina Arena "Show Me Heaven" - Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. Retrieved March 23, 2008.
  18. ^ "Chimera - Show Me Heaven". Chart Stats. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Saint Featuring Suzanna Dee - Show Me Heaven". Chart Stats. Retrieved October 18, 2009. 

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