House of Broken Love

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"House of Broken Love"
Great White House Of Broken Love.jpg
Single by Great White
from the album ...Twice Shy
B-side"Bitches and Other Women / Red House (live)"
GenreGlam metal, blues rock
Songwriter(s)Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Alan Niven
Producer(s)Alan Niven and Michael Lardie
Great White singles chronology
""The Angel Song"" "House of Broken Love" ""Call It Rock & Roll""

House of Broken Love is a song by the American band Great White. Written by Mark Kendall, Michael Lardie and Alan Niven, the song was the eighth track on the band's album ...Twice Shy.


It peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and number 83 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1]


Great White's lead singer Jack Russell stated in an interview with the BBC's The Friday Rock Show that the song is about being alone. He had recently gone through a divorce and was with bandmate Mark Kendall—who had also recently broken up—when the band's manager walked in and said, "What is this, the house of broken love?"[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Linda Romine, of the Record-Journal, called the song a "Great White staple".[3]

Notable performances[edit]

The band played the song at the American Music Awards of 1990.


Chart (1990) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[4] 44
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 83
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[6] 7


  1. ^ "...Twice Shy Billboard Singles". AllMusic. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "House Of Broken Love by Great White". Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Romine, Linda (March 8, 1990). "Great White: Us Offensive? Us!". Record-Journal: 36. Retrieved August 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Great White Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Great White Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 February 2021.