Heaven Is a Place on Earth

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"Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
HeavenIsAPlaceOnEarth.jpg
Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Heaven on Earth
B-side"We Can Change"
ReleasedSeptember 14, 1987[1]
Recorded1987
StudioOcean Way, Los Angeles, California
Genre
Length
  • 4:06 (album version)
  • 3:53 (radio edit/7-inch)
  • 5:59 (The Heavenly Version/12-inch)
LabelMCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Rick Nowels
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"Since You've Gone"
(1986)
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
(1987)
"I Get Weak"
(1988)
Music video
"Heaven Is A Place On Earth" on YouTube

"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" is a song by American singer Belinda Carlisle from her second studio album, Heaven on Earth (1987). Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, the song was released as the lead single from the Heaven on Earth album on September 14, 1987, and it reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on December 5, 1987, becoming Carlisle's only US chart-topper to date. A month later it peaked at number one in the United Kingdom, where it held the top spot of the UK Singles Chart for two weeks.

The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988, but lost out to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)". In 2017, ShortList's Dave Fawbert listed the song as containing "one of the greatest key changes in music history".[2]

In 2015, Carlisle re-recorded the song as an acoustic ballad. This version appeared on her album Wilder Shores (2017), which combines acoustic tracks with world beats and traditional Sikh chants.

Composition[edit]

The song is performed in the key of E major, with a tempo of 123 beats per minute in common time. Carlisle's vocals span from E3 to D5. In the final chorus of the song, the key shifts up a tone to F major.[3][4]

Production[edit]

Carlisle's backup vocalists on the song include songwriters Nowels and Shipley as well as Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas and songwriter Diane Warren. It also features Thomas Dolby on synthesizers.

Chart performance[edit]

"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the Adult Contemporary chart. It was also a number-one hit in the United Kingdom, topping the UK Singles Chart for two weeks.

The single also reached number one in many other countries, among them Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa and Norway. It also reached number three in Germany and Canada, number two in Australia, and number six in Italy. It reached Gold status in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Music video[edit]

The promotional music video for the song was directed by actress Diane Keaton and includes an appearance by Carlisle's husband Morgan Mason. It features children wearing black masks and capes, and holding illuminated plastic globes. Carlisle appears wearing a strapless dress and later changes to a black off-the-shoulder blouse. The video was partially filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Valencia, California (now Santa Clarita, California), on the now-defunct Spin Out ride.

Television[edit]

The song was featured in Black Mirror in the 4th episode of season 3, "San Junipero".

It was also featured in and forms a major part of the plot of the 9th episode of season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale, "Heroic".

It featured at the end of the 4th episode of the Channel 4 drama It's a Sin, penned by Russell T Davies.

It is also featured in American Pie: The Wedding.

The song was also featured in Legends of Tomorrow in the 3rd episode of season 5, "Slay Anything".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" – 4:06
  2. "We Can Change" – 3:45
  3. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (The Heavenly version) – 5:59
  4. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (a cappella version) – 3:49

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[44] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Gold 601,000[45]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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