Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)

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"Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)"
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Single by Cinderella
from the album Long Cold Winter
ReleasedAugust 1988
GenreGlam metal[1][2]
Songwriter(s)Tom Keifer
Producer(s)Andy Johns, Cinderella
Cinderella singles chronology
"Gypsy Road"
"Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)"
"Coming Home"

"Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)" is a power ballad[2][3] written by Tom Keifer and performed by the glam metal band Cinderella, from their second album Long Cold Winter. Released in August 1988, it was their most successful single, peaking at number 12 on US Billboard Hot 100 in November 1988.

The music video for this song was filmed at Mono Lake[2] and Bodie, California. This fact is revealed in the Tales From the Gypsy Road video collection.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988–1989) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 68
UK Singles (OCC)[5] 54
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks[6] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 12
US Cash Box[7] 17


  1. ^ Bowar, Chad. "Best Hair Metal Ballads". Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Sweeney, Mike (July 19, 2011). "Don't Know What You Got ('Till It's Gone)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Tigges, Jesse (June 6, 2013). "Q&A with Tim Minneci, author of book on power ballads". Columbus Alive. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 8683." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Long Cold Winter – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  7. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending NOVEMBER 26, 1988". Archived from the original on October 7, 2012. Cash Box.

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