Heaven (Bryan Adams song)

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Not to be confused with Thought I'd Died and Gone to Heaven, a 1992 single by the same artist.
Bryanadams - Heaven Cover.jpg
Single by Bryan Adams
from the album A Night in Heaven soundtrack and Reckless
B-side "Heaven" (live) (US)
"Diana" (UK)
Released 9 April 1985
Genre Rock, soft rock
Length 4:03
Label A&M
Certification Gold (Canada)
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"Summer of '69"
Music sample

"Heaven" is a song by Canadian singer and songwriter Bryan Adams, originally recorded in 1983, co-written by Adams and Jim Vallance. It first appeared on the A Night in Heaven soundtrack album in the same year and was later included on Adams' album Reckless in 1984. It was released as the third single from Reckless and reached number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in June 1985, over a year and a half after the song first appeared on record. The single was certified Gold in Canada in 1985.[1]

Heavily influenced by Journey's 1983 hit "Faithfully", the song was written while Adams served as the opening act on that band's Frontiers Tour, and features their drummer, Steve Smith.[2] The song provided Adams with his first number one single and third Top ten hit on the American charts; according to Billboard magazine the song also entered the Top 25 of the most successful singles of 1985 in the U.S.[3]

Writing and recording[edit]

Adams had played over 100 dates with Journey during 1983, serving as the opening act on their Frontiers Tour. During that time, he and Jim Vallance co-wrote "Heaven", which was inspired by Journey's hit "Faithfully".[2] It was recorded at The Power Station in New York City on June 6 and 7, 1983.[4] Halfway through the recording session, drummer Mickey Curry – who had warned Adams about his limited availability that day – announced that he had to leave since he had committed in advance to a Hall & Oates session.[2] Since the recording session for "Heaven" was running behind schedule, Adams called Journey drummer Steve Smith, who happened to be in New York City at the time and he filled Curry's drumming position.[2] The song first appeared on the soundtrack to the 1983 film, A Night in Heaven, although it was not yet officially released as a single by that point.

Adams was unconvinced that "Heaven" was suitable for his next studio album, Reckless,[2] a feeling that was echoed by producer Jimmy Iovine, who was working with Adams at the time.[2] Iovine thought the song was too 'light' for the album and recommended that Adams not include it.[2] But at the last moment, Adams changed his mind.[2]


In 1984 "Heaven" won the Procan Award (Performing Rights Organization of Canada) for Canadian radio airplay, in 1985 it won the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Citation of Achievement for U.S. radio airplay and ten years later it won a Socan Classics Award for more than 100,000 Canadian radio performances.[2] In 2015 Matt Bomer released a cover version for Magic Mike XXL.

Track listings[edit]

  • US 7" (A&M 2729)
  1. "Heaven"
  2. "Heaven" (live)
  • US 12" promo (A&M SP-17318)
  1. "Heaven"
  2. "Heaven" (live)/"Kids Wanna Rock" (live)
  • UK 7" (A&M AM256)
  1. "Heaven"
  2. "Diana"
  • UK 12" (A&M AMY256)
  1. "Heaven"/"Diana"
  2. "Heaven" (live)/"Fits Ya Good"

Live tracks recorded at the Hollywood Palladium on February 1, 1985.

Chart performance[edit]

"Heaven" first appeared on the A Night in Heaven soundtrack album in 1983 and received substantial airplay on album-oriented rock radio stations, hitting the Top 10 (#9) on Billboard's Top Tracks chart in early 1984. It was released as the third single from the album Reckless in April 1985 and hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song also re-entered the Top Rock Tracks chart in at that time, peaking at number 27. "Heaven" also peaked at number 12 on the Adult Contemporary chart during its second run, becoming Adams' second single to reach that chart after "Straight from the Heart" in 1983, and his biggest AC hit until 1991.

In Canada "Heaven" was officially released to radio in January 1985.[4] The song reached the top twenty on the Canadian Singles Chart and remained in the top twenty for another month. "Heaven" was the highest charting single from Reckless.[5]

The song was released in Australia, Europe and New Zealand in 1985. "Heaven" reached the UK top forty.[6] "Heaven" continued the trend of higher-charting singles when it debuted and peaked at top twenty in most of the European countries in which it charted. Adams' previous singles had charted much weaker in Europe and "Heaven" would be Adams' first single to chart in mainland Europe.

Although "Heaven" reached the top ten in Sweden and Norway and then the top twenty in Austria, Ireland, Switzerland and Sweden, it was a moderate top hundred success in Germany where it peaked at number 62.[7][8][9][10][11]

Music video[edit]

There were 2 videos, one shot at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage in Vancouver, Canada, and was directed by Steve Barron.[12] That video includes appearances by Lysette Anthony and Garwin Sanford. The second video was shot in London, England, and features Adams singing the song in a live concert setting; behind him, stacked video monitors show his band playing along. Video monitors also occupy each seat of the otherwise empty theater. The video was nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography.[13]


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[15] 12
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[16] 22
Canada (RPM)[5] 11
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 11
Netherlands (Mega Top 100)[10] 28
New Zealand (RIANZ)[10] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 3
Spain (AFYVE)[17] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 38
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[5] 12

DJ Sammy version[edit]

DJ Sammy & Yanou - Heaven Cover.jpg
Single by DJ Sammy and Yanou featuring Do
from the album Heaven and Do
Released 21 November 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:52
Label Robbins, Sony BMG, Ministry of Sound, Data
Writer(s) Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance
DJ Sammy singles chronology
"In 2 Eternity"
Yanou singles chronology
"On & On"
Do singles chronology
"Love Is Killing Me"
Alternative cover
Single cover for the "Candlelight Mix" version of the song

In 2001, Spanish DJ Sammy and German DJ Yanou released a dance cover of "Heaven", with vocals by Dutch singer Do. It was released on 21 November 2001, as the second single from DJ Sammy's second studio album Heaven (2002).

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100. It re-entered the chart on the week of November 17, 2007. On October 28, 2009, over seven years after its release, the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000.[18] It has also been certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 600,000.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Oliver Bradford. It features Yanou, DJ Sammy and Do viewed briefly from a television. The video features two Asian girls, androgynous people and a black man. It featured a family of four. There is a second version, with extended scenes of a stationary Do singing.

Live performances[edit]

Do performed the song with Westlife live in 2002 in the UK, and also with Westlife at the TMF Awards in 2003. Do also performed the song several times together with Bryan Adams, in the Netherlands and Germany.

Usage in other media[edit]

The song was sampled by Nina Sky in their 2009 hit "Beautiful People". It also appeared on a Malcolm in the Middle episode, playing in the background when Hal is using the kitchen as his own salon. Additionally, it was featured in the Dance Dance Revolution series of video games.

Alternative versions[edit]

Candlelight Mix[edit]

Because of the dance version's popularity, a stripped-down, ballad-like "Candlelight Mix" version was made and sung by Do, and received airplay on adult contemporary radio stations as well as contemporary hit radio stations.

9/11 remix[edit]

An unauthorized remix of the "Candlelight Mix" was made by KISS FM in Bakersfield, California to commemorate the first anniversary of the September 11 attacks. This remix features a five-year-old, kindergarten-aged girl talking about her father who presumably died in the attacks, with the original chorus intermittently playing.[19] Although the monologue is based on a real event, the little girl's vocal was actually the daughter of a former KISS FM program director and she did not know anything about the terrorist attacks at the time. The director wrote and read simple sentences for her and had her repeat them for him, with a little emotional prompting; the director later edited his voice out of the track. This was one of the most requested songs in the station's history, and had all of the local market talking. It even crossed over to Clear Channel's other stations for a wider audience.

9/11 remix 2011[edit]

In 2011, another unauthorized remix of the "Candlelight Mix" was made by KLUC FM in Las Vegas to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks. This remix followed the same theme as the original 9/11 remix. The song features three actresses, representing the first, fifth and tenth anniversaries of the attacks (ages 5, 9, and 14), with the original chorus intermittently playing. It was widely distributed to other stations owned by the CBS radio network.

Charts and certifications[edit]


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