Could've Been

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"Could've Been"
Single by Tiffany
from the album Tiffany
B-side "The Heart of Love"
Released November 1987
Format 7" single, Cassette, Promo CD
Recorded 1987
Genre Pop
Length 3:32
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Lois Blaisch
Producer(s) George Tobin
Tiffany singles chronology
"I Think We're Alone Now"
"Could've Been"
"I Saw Him Standing There"
Music video
"Tiffany - Could've Been" on YouTube

"Could've Been" is the third single released from Tiffany, the debut album of American teen-pop singer Tiffany.

Song information[edit]

The song was discovered by Music Industry Insiders Don McGovern and Brad Schmidt when they stumbled into a Hungry Tiger Restaurant in Thousand Oaks, California and heard a local performer, Lois Blaisch singing the song. Then McGovern and Schmidt brought the song to Record Producer George Tobin and encouraged Tobin to record the song... The song is a slow ballad about the love that "could've been so beautiful, could've been so right." Both Tiffany's label, MCA Records, and her manager, George Tobin, felt concern that she was not old or mature enough to handle a song with such emotional depth. In the end, Tiffany convinced them that she could, and the song was recorded and put on her debut album, becoming its third single.

The B-side to the single of "Could've Been" was the track "The Heart of Love."

For the music video, music video stations played a live version of "Could've Been" where fans sang along to Tiffany's performance.

Country singer Carrie Underwood covered the song on American Idol.

The song has been revived by a Filipina artist named Sarah Geronimo.

The song was heard in the television series Growing Pains (TV series), episode "Nasty Habits"

Track listings and formats[edit]

7" Single and Cassette Single
  1. Could've Been — 4:00
  2. The Heart Of Love — 3:57

Chart performance[edit]

"Could've Been" shot up the charts right away and spent two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Tiffany's second consecutive number-one hit following "I Think We're Alone Now". The song was also a number-one hit on the adult contemporary chart [1] as well as many other countries all over the world.

The Single also went GOLD in Canada

Chart (1988) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 8
Canadian Singles chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Japan Singles chart 66
New Zealand Singles Chart 5
Swedish Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[3] Gold 50,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[4] 10,310^
UK[5] 185,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 243. 
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 310. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
  3. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Tiffany – Could've Been". Music Canada. 
  4. ^ "Japanese single certifications – Tiffany – Could've Been" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.  Select 1988年月 on the drop-down menu

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Preceded by
"Need You Tonight" by INXS
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 6 – 13, 1988
Succeeded by
"Seasons Change" by Exposé
Preceded by
"Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
February 6, 1988
Succeeded by
"Can't Stay Away from You" by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine