Amanda (Boston song)

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Single by Boston
from the album Third Stage
B-side"My Destination"
ReleasedSeptember 26, 1986 (1986-09-26)
Format7-inch 45 RPM
Recorded1980–1981, 1986
StudioHideaway and Blue Jay Recording Studios
GenreSoft rock
Songwriter(s)Tom Scholz
Producer(s)Tom Scholz
Boston singles chronology
"Feelin' Satisfied"
"We're Ready"

"Amanda" is a power ballad by 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, six years 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),[1] and topped for three consecutive weeks on the Mainstream Rock chart, in October of the same year,[2] while in the latter the single topped RPM magazine's Top Singles and Adult Contemporary charts.[3][4]

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 six 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.[5] 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 UK singles chart.[6]

The song was eventually certified gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association with sales of over 5,000 units.[7]


Chart (1986-87) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[8] 25
Canadian Adult Contemporary[3] 1
Canadian Top Singles[4] 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
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[13] 29
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 1
US Album Rock Tracks[2] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[15] 13


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  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b "Adult Contemporary" (PHP). RPM. 45 (10). November 29, 1986. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "100 Singles" (PHP). RPM. 45 (11). December 6, 1986. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  5. ^ "The Top 10 Hits the Band Wishes Didn't Exist". Archived from the original on 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
  6. ^ "Boston singles". Retrieved 2013-09-27.
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum Database Results". Music Canada. Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original (ASPX) on March 23, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Books 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "Chartverfolgung / BOSTON / Single" (in German). Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 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. ^ "SA Charts 1965 - 1989: Songs A-B". Retrieved 17 January 2018.
  14. ^ " – Boston – Amanda". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Boston Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.

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