Amanda (Boston song)

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This article is about a song by the rock group Boston. For the country song popularized by Don Williams and Waylon Jennings, see Amanda (Don Williams song).
The sleeve of the "Amanda" 45.
Single by Boston
from the album Third Stage
B-side "My Destination"
Released September 26, 1986 (1986-09-26)
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded 1980–1981 at Hideaway Studios
Genre Rock
Length 4:16
Label MCA
Writer(s) Tom Scholz
Producer(s) Tom Scholz
Certification Gold (CRIA)[1]
Boston singles chronology
"Feelin' Satisfied"
(August 1978)
(September 1986)
"We're Ready"
(December 1986)

"Amanda" is a power ballad by the rock band Boston written by Tom Scholz. The song was released as the first single from the band's third album, Third Stage, in 1986, a 6-year-delay after it was recorded.

Although the song did not have a promotional music video, "Amanda" became the band's highest charting single in the United States and Canada. In the United States, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100 in November, 1986, for two consecutive weeks (the band's only number 1 on the Hot 100),[2] and topped for three consecutive weeks on the Mainstream Rock chart, in October of the same year,[3] while in the latter the single topped RPM magazine's Top Singles and Adult Contemporary charts.[4][5]

It was the band's first officially released single since 1978 and their first released by MCA Records. The 12-string guitar parts are played by Scholz.


In late 1984 a raw demo of the song was leaked to radio stations via a syndicated satellite feed. Despite the poor audio quality the first new studio Boston song to be heard in 6 years became the most requested song at AOR (Album-oriented rock) stations that played the bootleg. "Amanda" is a relatively rare example of a song that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in or after the 1980s without having a performance music video made for it.[6] An interview for British television, made while the band was promoting the Third Stage album, does show a couple of minutes of a music video near the end. The band does not appear in that video, which intersperses shots of a model smiling for the camera with special effects footage of the band's spaceship logo flying over the Boston skyline. One shot shows the animated spaceship almost colliding with the John Hancock Tower. However, the single failed to chart on the U.K singles chart.[7]

The song was eventually certified gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association with sales of over 5,000 units.[1]


Chart (1986-87) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[8] 25
Canadian Adult Contemporary[4] 1
Canadian Top Singles[5] 1
Germany (Media Control AG)[9] 46
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 32
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 1
US Album Rock Tracks[3] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[14] 13


  1. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Database Results" (ASPX). Music Canada. Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Allmusic: Boston (Awards) Billboard singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  3. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2010) [Originally published in 1983]. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (9th ed.). Billboard Books. p. 81. ISBN 978-0-8230-8554-5. 
  4. ^ a b "Adult Contemporary" (PHP). RPM. 45 (10). November 29, 1986. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "100 Singles" (PHP). RPM. 45 (11). December 6, 1986. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ The Top 10 Hits the Band Wishes Didn't Exist
  7. ^ "Boston singles". Retrieved 2013-09-27. 
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Books 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  9. ^ "Chartverfolgung / BOSTON / Single" (in German).  Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ " – Boston – Amanda" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ " – Boston – Amanda". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Topp 20 Single uke 50, 1986 – VG-lista. Offisielle hitlister fra og med 1958" (in Norwegian). VG-lista.
  13. ^ " – Boston – Amanda". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Boston – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Boston.

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Preceded by
"True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
November 8, 1986 – November 15, 1986
Succeeded by
"Human" by The Human League
Preceded by
"Two of Hearts" by Stacey Q
Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single
December 6, 1986
Succeeded by
"The Next Time I Fall" by Peter Cetera and Amy Grant