Hell in Paradise

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"Hell in Paradise"
YokoOno Hell.jpg
Single by Yoko Ono
from the album Starpeace
Released 13 October 1985
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1984
Label Polydor
Songwriter(s) Yoko Ono
Producer(s) Yoko Ono
Yoko Ono singles chronology
"Never Say Goodbye"
"Hell in Paradise"
"Open Your Box"
"Never Say Goodbye"
"Hell in Paradise"
"Open Your Box"

"Will I" / "Fly"
(2003) Will IFly2003

"Hell in Paradise"
(2004) Hell in Paradise2004

"Everyman... Everywoman..."
(2004) Everyman... Everywoman...2004
Music video
"Hell in Paradise" at YouTube

"Hell in Paradise" is a song by Yoko Ono from the 1985 album Starpeace. The lyrics are about mankind's perceived idea of hell, despite living in the paradise that Ono considers to be planet Earth. After "Walking on Thin Ice", it was her biggest hit of the 1980s, charting at number 16 on the US dance chart. Ono went on hiatus after Starpeace; this would be her last proper single until 2001's remix of "Open Your Box".

In 2004, the track was revived as part of the ONO remix project, and reached number 4 on the same chart twenty years on. In 2016, the song was re-released by the ONO project again, featuring remixes by Dave Audé and others. It reached number 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Polish filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczyński. The music video won the award "Most Innovative Video" at Billboard Music Video Awards in 1986.[1]

Track listing[edit]

US 7" single
  1. "Hell in Paradise"
  2. "Hell in Paradise (Instrumental)"
US 12" single[2]
A1. "Hell in Paradise" (Club Version) – 6:52
B1. "Hell in Paradise" (Dub Version) – 8:52
B2. "Hell in Paradise" (Single Version) - 3:34


Chart (1985) Peak
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[3] 12
US Hot Dance Singles Sales (Billboard)[3] 16
Chart (2004) Peak
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[4] 4
Chart (2016–17) Peak
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[5] 1


  2. ^ "Yoko Ono – Hell In Paradise (Vinyl) a Discogs". Discogs. Zinc Media, Inc. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Yoko Ono - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Yoko Ono – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Yoko Ono. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Ono – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Ono. Retrieved 18 January 2017.