Bitterblue (song)

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"Bitterblue"
BonnieTyler Bitterblue Single.jpg
Single by Bonnie Tyler
from the album Bitterblue
Released7 October 1991
FormatMaxi CD
RecordedLos Angeles, 1991
Length3:48
LabelHansa Records, BMG
Songwriter(s)Dieter Bohlen
Producer(s)Dieter Bohlen
Bonnie Tyler singles chronology
"Save Up All Your Tears"
(1988)
"Bitterblue"
(1991)
"Against the Wind"
(1991)

"Bitterblue" is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler for her eighth studio album of the same name (1991). It was released on 7 October 1991 by Hansa Records. The song was a European hit, missing the number one spot in Norway to Michael Jackson's song "Black or White". The song was written and produced by Dieter Bohlen.

"Bitterblue" has appeared on several of Tyler's compilation albums including The Very Best of Bonnie Tyler: Volume 1, Comeback: Single Collection '90–'94, Greatest Hits, Total Eclipse Anthology and Ravishing - The Best Of.

Composition[edit]

"Bitterblue" was written and produced by Dieter Bohlen, who drew upon Rod Stewart's 1991 single "Rhythm of My Heart" for inspiration. The song features elements of Scottish folk music, including instruments such as bagpipes and accordion.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"Bitterblue" was hugely successful in Europe. In Norway, the song debuted at number 7, and remained in the Top 10 for sixteen weeks. It reached its peak of number 2 on its fourth charting week, maintaining this position for a second week behind Michael Jackson's "Black or White". "Bitterblue" spent a further six weeks at number 3.

The song also spent twenty weeks in the Top 30 Singles in Austria, where it peaked at number five. "Bitterblue" also spent 17 weeks[2] in the German charts, where it reached number seventeen. The single was number 15 in Cash Box Pop Singles Looking Ahead, this chart was equivalent to Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard gave the song a negative review, stating, "bombastic production, with a rush of bagpipes and a choir of chirping children at the forefront, overpower Tyler's distinctive raspy voice."[3]

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1991–92) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 5
Denmark Hitlisten[8] 11
Eurocharts European Hot 100 Singles[9] 44
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 2
US Pop Singles Looking Ahead (Cashbox)[12] 15
San Francisco Airplay Gavin Report[13] 32
Switzerland Airplay Swiss Hitparade[14] 11
Germany Airplay Charts [15] 20

Year–end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[16] 20
Germany GfK Entertainment Charts [17] 97

Awards[edit]

RSH-GOLD Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
1992[18] "Bitterblue" Catchy song of the year Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bohlen, Bonnie. Oder: Keiner singt geiler als die Tyler, p. 204.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Billboard, p. 102
  4. ^ Bitterblue (Maxi CD). Bonnie Tyler. Hansa Records. 1991. Hansa 664 751. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. ^ Bitterblue (7-inch single). Bonnie Tyler. Hansa Records. 1991. Hansa 114 751. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  6. ^ Bitterblue (12-inch single). Bonnie Tyler. Hansa Records. 1991. Hansa 614 751. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Music & Media" (PDF). Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Eurocharts Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue". VG-lista. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Cashbox Looking Ahead Pop Singles" (PDF). Retrieved Nov 9, 2018.
  13. ^ "Gavin Report Adult Comtemporary" (PDF). Retrieved Dec 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "Swiss Hitparade" (PDF). Retrieved Dec 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "MusikSammler". Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  16. ^ "Jahreshitparade Singles 1992". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  17. ^ "Deutsch Jahreshitparade Singles 1992". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  18. ^ "RSH - Wie alles begann... - RSH Gold 1992". Rsh-history.de. 1992-02-15. Retrieved 2013-05-13.

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