Ghost Town (Cheap Trick song)

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"Ghost Town"
Cheap Trick 1988 Single Ghost Town.jpg
Single by Cheap Trick
from the album Lap of Luxury
B-side "Wrong Side of Love"
Released 1988
Format 7"
Genre Rock, power pop
Length 4:02
Label Epic Records
Songwriter(s) Diane Warren, Rick Nielsen
Producer(s) Richie Zito
Cheap Trick singles chronology
"Don't Be Cruel"
"Ghost Town"
"Let Go"
"Don't Be Cruel"
"Ghost Town"
"Let Go"

"Ghost Town" is a single by American rock band Cheap Trick, released as the third single from their 1988 album Lap of Luxury. The song was written by American songwriter Diane Warren and Rick Nielsen.[1]

The single was released as a 7" vinyl only.[2]

The b-side "Wrong Side of Love" was featured on the same album, written by Rick Nielsen and American songwriter/musician Todd Cerney.[1]

Both tracks were produced by Richie Zito who would also produce the band's following 1990 album "Busted".[3]

The single's cover followed a similar theme to the cover for the previous single "Don't Be Cruel".[4]

An American promotional 7" vinyl was also released at the time, with the b-side "Wrong Side of Love" as the a-side and "Ghost Town" as the b-side.[5]


Considered as the band's comeback album following the commercial failure of the 1986 album The Doctor, Lap of Luxury spawned three top 40 hit singles and one minor hit single. "The Flame" topped the American Billboard Hot 100 whilst a cover of Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" peaked at #4. "Ghost Town" continued the commercial success, peaking at #33 during a 14-week chart run.[6]

The song also entered the American Mainstream Rock chart where it peaked at #32.[6]

A music video was created for the single, receiving airplay on MTV.[7]

Track listing[edit]

7" Single
  1. "Ghost Town" - 4:02
  2. "Wrong Side of Love" - 3:59

Critical reception[edit]

In the review for the album Lap of Luxury, described the song as a "Grandly romantic power ballad."[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Japanese Singles Chart (Tokyo)[9][10] 35
New Zealand Singles Chart[11] 29
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart[6] 33
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart[6] 32


  • Robin Zander - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Rick Nielsen - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Tom Petersson - bass, backing vocals
  • Bun E. Carlos - drums, percussion

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Richie Zito - Producer
  • Phil Kaffel - Engineer, mixer
  • Jim Champagne - Second engineer
  • Bernard Frings - Second engineer
  • Mike Tacci - Second engineer
  • Bob Vogt - Second engineer
  • Toby Wright - Second engineer
  • Writers of "Ghost Town" – Diane Warren, Rick Nielsen
  • Writers of "Wrong Side of Love" - Rick Nielsen, Todd Cerney


  1. ^ a b "Cheap Trick - Lap Of Luxury at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  2. ^ "Ghost Town / Wrong Side of Love by Cheap Trick : Reviews and Ratings". Rate Your Music. 2009-06-15. Archived from the original on 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Cheap Trick - Busted at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  4. ^ "Cheap Trick - Don't Be Cruel at Discogs". 2010-11-17. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  5. ^ "Cheap Trick - Wrong Side Of Love (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Cheap Trick". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Cheap Trick - Ghost Town". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  8. ^ Huey, Steve. "Lap of Luxury - Cheap Trick". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 
  9. ^ "J-WAVE WEBSITE : TOKIO HOT100". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  10. ^ "Song artist 616 - Cheap Trick". Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Cheap Trick - Ghost Town". Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2012-03-11. 

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