Allmusic's Alex Henderson gave the album four stars out of five retrospectively, saying "while nothing here packs quite the punch that "How Much More," "We Got the Beat," and "Turn to You" did, such memorable songs as "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," "Should I Let You In?", and "I Get Weak" show that the Angeleno still had plenty of spirit".
"Heaven on Earth" is Belinda Carlisle's most successful studio album of her career, in terms of chart performance and copies sold. The album was certified 3 times Platinum in the United Kingdom (U.K.). "Heaven on Earth" was also certified Platinum in many other countries, among them the United States (U.S.), Canada, and Australia. The first single released, "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", reached the number 1 position throughout the world. The second song released was "I Get Weak" written by the famous songwriterDiane Warren. "I Get Weak" reached the number #2 spot in the U.S. and garnered a top 10 placing in Canada and U.K. The third single, "Circle in the Sand", reached the top 10 position in many countries among them U.K. (#4), U.S. (#7) and Canada (#5). From the fourth single on, the singles released from the album were different in different territories. The Cream cover "I Feel Free" was released only in the U.S., the song reached only #88 on the Billboard Hot 100. This was the final U.S. single from the album. In Europe, the song "World Without You" (another Diane Warren song) was released, where it reached the top 40. A fifth and final single in the U.K. was the ballad "Love Never Dies" which reached number #41.
In May 2009, Heaven on Earth was re-released as a re-mastered two disc special edition. This special edition includes several bonus remixes and a live DVD. The inclusion of the live DVD marked the first time the concert footage filmed in Philadelphia during the 1988 'Good Heavens' world tour was made available in DVD format. It had previously only been available on VHS.
Heaven On Earth Re-released on August 26th, 2013 in a 2CD+DVD casebook edition from Edsel Recording ( EDSG 80265 ) featuring the original album RE-MASTERED, the single versions, remixes and B-sides. The DVD will feature the videos from the album also the concert footage filmed in Philadelphia during the 1988 'Good Heavens' world tour and an exclusive interview with Belinda, discussing the album.