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"Heartbeat / Tragedy"
Single by Steps
from the album Step One and Steptacular
B-side"Stay With Me" (Tragedy, US)
Released6 November 1998
  • 4:24 ("Heartbeat")
  • 4:31 ("Tragedy")
Steps singles chronology
"One for Sorrow"
"Heartbeat / Tragedy"
"Better Best Forgotten"
Music video
"Tragedy" on YouTube

"Heartbeat / Tragedy" is the fourth single released by British pop group Steps. "Heartbeat", written by Jackie James, was the first ballad released as a single by the group. The single is also known as one of their Christmas songs as it was released near Christmas. Whilst promoting the 2012 Hit Factory Live event, Pete Waterman revealed that the song had sat in a drawer for years before he gave it to the band to record. "Tragedy" reached number 1 in the UK and New Zealand.

The video for "Tragedy", originally a hit by the Bee Gees, contained the dance step of putting both hands parallel to the sides of the head in time with the word 'Tragedy', which became a trademark of the group. The single hit the number one spot in the UK Singles Chart after eight weeks on that chart. "Heartbeat / Tragedy" spent a total of 30 weeks in the chart, and sold more copies than all three previous Steps singles combined, with 1.21 million copies sold in the UK.[1] Heartbeat features Claire and Faye singing the first two verses. Lisa performs the middle eight, followed by Claire. The rest of the group join in for the choruses. Tragedy features again Faye and Claire singing the verses, with the rest of Steps joining in for the choruses.

Music videos[edit]

The music video for "Heartbeat" is set in snowy surroundings. It begins with Steps riding a sleigh while an evil Ice Queen has her sights set on Ian "H" Watkins; she is watching an image on the tiny pond in her throne room. The group are staying in a lodge, and H goes out back to fetch some wood for the fire. The Ice Queen decides that this is the time to strike, and she sends her three dwarf guards to kidnap H. They jump H, and the Ice Queen casts a spell, knocking him out. By the time H wakes up, he is in the back of their sleigh. The rest of the group come out and find H is missing, finding only a little sword carried by one of the guards. On skis and snowmobiles, they set off to rescue H. Along the way to the Ice Queen's castle, they stop at a barn, finding absolutely nothing. Arriving at the castle, they break into the throne room where H is tied up in the middle of the frozen pond. Faye Tozer, Lee Latchford-Evans and Claire Richards easily take care of the guards (while H is able to free himself), and Lisa Scott-Lee defeats the Ice Queen with a karate kick to the chin. The group then return to the lodge for a Christmas party.

The video for "Tragedy" starts with a Doraemon-shaped alarm clock ringing and sees Faye, Claire, and Lisa getting married. The lads, Lee and H, sabotage all three weddings before they all go to a disco. The church and disco scenes were filmed in All Saints' Church, Harrow Weald, London and the adjoining Blackwell Hall. The external location shots of the boys leaving their house and driving were filmed in Blackheath, South London. The group's actual families all took part in the video, with the girls' fathers walking them down the aisle, and record producer Pete Waterman appears as the wedding DJ.

Track listings[edit]


UK version[edit]

  1. "Heartbeat" - 4:24
  2. "Tragedy" - 4:31
  3. "Heartbeat" [Instrumental] - 4:24

US version[edit]

  1. "Tragedy"
  2. "Stay With Me"

(Includes fold out poster with the dance steps to "Tragedy")


  1. "Heartbeat" - 4:24
  2. "Tragedy" - 4:31


  • Tragedy (WIP Reception Mix)
  • Tragedy (WIP Mix)
  • Heartbeat (Simon Hill Mix)

Credits and personnel[edit]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[23] Gold 25,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Platinum 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[25] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] 2× Platinum 1,210,000[1]
United States (RIAA)[28] N/A 98,000[27]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Step One (Liner notes). Steps. Jive Records, EBUL. 1998. 0519112.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "Steptacular" (Liner notes). Steps. Jive Records, EBUL. 1999. 0518492.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Steps – Heartbeat / Tragedy". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
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  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Steps – Heartbeat / Tragedy". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1998" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Best Sellers of 1998 – Singles Top 100". Music Week. 16 January 1999. p. 7.
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1999". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  20. ^ "End of Year Charts 1999". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 1999" (in Swedish). Hitlistan. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  22. ^ "Best Sellers of 1999: Singles Top 100". Music Week. London, England: United Business Media. 22 January 2000. p. 27.
  23. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 1999". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  24. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Steps – Heartbeat/Tragedy". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  25. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1999" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 2011-09-28.
  26. ^ "British single certifications – Steps". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Steps in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ UK Pop Acts Have To Speak New Language. Billboard. Retrieved 2012-04-09.
  28. ^ "American single certifications – Steps". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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