Don't Turn Around

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"Don't Turn Around"
B-side to "Typical Male" by Tina Turner
from the album Break Every Rule
Released 1986
Genre Pop, rock
Length 4:16
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Albert Hammond, Diane Warren
Producer(s) Bryan Adams, Bob Clearmountain

"Don't Turn Around" is a popular song written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren. It was originally recorded by Tina Turner as the B-side to the single "Typical Male" in 1986. Warren is said to have been disappointed that Turner's record company treated the song as a B-side and never included it on one of her albums. However it has since been included on the rarities disc of the 1994 compilation The Collected Recordings – Sixties to Nineties.

It has been covered by a number of artists, most notably Aswad in 1988, Ace of Base in 1994 and Milow in 2017.

Aswad version[edit]

"Don't Turn Around"
Aswad don't turn.jpg
Single by Aswad
from the album Distant Thunder
Released February 10, 1988 (1988-02-10)
Recorded 1987
Genre Reggae fusion
Length 3:51
Label Mango, Island
Songwriter(s) Albert Hammond, Diane Warren Tina Turner*
Producer(s) Chris Porter
Aswad singles chronology
"Hooked On You"
(1987)
"Don't Turn Around"
(1988)
"Give a Little Love"
(1988)
"Hooked On You"
(1987)
"Don't Turn Around"
(1988)
"Give a Little Love"
(1988)

British reggae group Aswad heard Luther Ingram's version and made a cover of it. It was released on February 10, 1988 and went to number one on the UK Singles Chart in March 1988.[1] It also reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the US that same year.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 34
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[8] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 13
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 1
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[11] 45

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 250,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Ace of Base version[edit]

"Don't Turn Around"
Ace of Base - Don't Turn Around.jpg
Scandinavian CD single; the artwork is used in other European releases with different title layouts
Single by Ace of Base
from the album Happy Nation (U.S. Version) and The Sign
B-side "Young and Proud"
Released March 15, 1994 (Europe)
May 3, 1994 (US)
July 1, 1994 (UK)
Format
Recorded 1993;
Tuff Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden
Genre
Length 3:51
Label Arista (US and Japan)
Mega (Europe)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Tommy Ekman
  • Per Adebratt
Ace of Base singles chronology
"The Sign"
(1994)
"Don't Turn Around"
(1994)
"Living in Danger"
(1994)
"The Sign"
(1994)
"Don't Turn Around"
(1994)
"Living in Danger"
(1994)
Music video
"Don't Turn Around" on YouTube

In 1993, Swedish pop group Ace of Base recorded a minor key version of "Don't Turn Around" for their US debut album, The Sign. It was also included on the re-release of Happy Nation the same year. The song reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number five on the UK Singles Chart. The song was the third most popular song in the United States in the summer of 1994.[13] Ace of Base filmed a music video for the song directed by Matt Broadley, showing scenes of a couple intertwined with scenes of the band on the beach and in a house.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single
  1. "Don't Turn Around" (The 7" Aswad Mix)
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (Stretch Version)
  3. "Young and Proud"
  • German 4-track CD
  1. "Don't Turn Around" (Radio Groove Mix)
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (The Aswad Mix)
  3. "Don't Turn Around" (Groove Mix Extended)
  4. "Happy Nation" (Moody Gold Mix)
  • European 2-CD set

CD 1:

  1. "Don't Turn Around"
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (Stretch Version)
  3. "Young and Proud"

CD 2:

  1. "Don't Turn Around" (The 7" Aswad Mix)
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (Turned Out Eurodub)
  3. "Don't Turn Around" (Groove Mix Extended)
  4. "Happy Nation" (Moody Gold Mix)
  • Digital download (The Remixes EP, 2009)
  1. "Don't Turn Around"
  2. "Don't Turn Around" (2009)
  3. "Don't Turn Around" (Stretch Version)
  4. "Don't Turn Around" (The 7" Aswad Mix)
  5. "Don't Turn Around" (Turned Out Eurodub)
  6. "Don't Turn Around" (Groove Mix Extended)

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Vocals by Linn Berggren, Jenny Berggren, and Ulf Ekberg
  • Backing Vocals by Linn Berggren and Jenny Berggren
  • Written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren
  • Produced by Tommy Ekman and Per Adebratt
  • Recorded and produced at Tuff Studios, Gothenburg
  • Mixed at Park Studios, Stockholm

Charts and certifications[edit]

Other cover versions[edit]

Kim Goody released a single version in 1987. Despite being featured in several episodes of her Saturday morning show No. 73, the song failed to get into the UK Singles Chart.

Bonnie Tyler released her version on her 1988 album Hide Your Heart, while soul singer Luther Ingram had a US Billboard R&B chart No. 55 hit with his interpretation.

Loretta Chandler also sung this song on the "Mr. Wacky's World" episode of the 1980s TV show Fame (Ep. 6.8, 1986).

In 1990, a little-known rock band called Eyes, which at one point featured James Christian of House of Lords on lead vocals, covered the song on their self-titled album, which Journey and Talisman frontman Jeff Scott Soto sang on. It was released under the Curb Records label. In 1994, Eyes, this time featuring Jeff Scott Soto on lead vocals, covered the song again on their album "Windows of the Soul."

In 1992, Neil Diamond recorded a version of "Don't Turn Around", which made the Top 20 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Also in 1992, Swedish pop singer Tone Norum recorded a version, which is included on her album, Don't Turn Around.

In 1998, the Argentinean dance-pop group El Simbolo recorded a Spanish language cover titled "No Llores Más" from their album No Pares.

In 2010, Albert Hammond, co-writer of the song, recorded the song for his album Legend.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Chart Track: Week 1, 1988". Irish Singles Chart.
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  13. ^ "Summer Songs 1958-2015: The Top 10 Tunes of Each Summer". Billboard. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
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External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Should Be So Lucky" by Kylie Minogue
UK number one single (Aswad version)
March 20, 1988 (for 2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Heart" by Pet Shop Boys
Preceded by
"Breakaway" by Big Pig
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single (Aswad version)
June 5, 1988 (for 2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Alphabet Street" by Prince
Preceded by
"I Swear" by All-4-One
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single (Ace of Base version)
July 11, 1994 (for 1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wild Night" by John Mellencamp and Me'shell Ndegeocello