Kickstart My Heart

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"Kickstart My Heart"
Kickstart my heart.jpg
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Dr. Feelgood
B-side"She Goes Down"
ReleasedNovember 20, 1989
GenreGlam metal[1][2][3][4]
Songwriter(s)Nikki Sixx
Producer(s)Bob Rock
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Dr. Feelgood"
"Kickstart My Heart"
"Without You"
Music videos
"Kickstart My Heart" on YouTube

"Kickstart My Heart" is a song by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, originally released on their 1989 album, Dr. Feelgood. Released as the album's second single in 1989, "Kickstart My Heart" reached #27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States in early 1990.[5] The track has been used in various media, such as the US version of the 2001 racing video game Gran Turismo 3: A-spec, and was also included on the soundtrack album to the 2019 biographical film The Dirt and the official trailer of Battlefield 2042 remixed by 2WEI.[6]


In a 2015 interview, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx related the origins of "Kickstart My Heart", which he wrote while the band was already working on Dr. Feelgood. Sixx was playing acoustic guitar in his house while scribbling words on a piece of paper. When the group’s former manager read the words, he encouraged Sixx to share it with the rest of the band. Sixx was reluctant, but eventually did show the band and the track came together quickly.[7] The phrase "kickstart my heart" supposedly refers to Sixx's overdose incident where a paramedic injected his heart with adrenaline; Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler disputes the accuracy of the story, saying he revived Sixx before the paramedics arrived.[8] The introduction is a classic example of a Floyd Rose bridge trick, in which Mick Mars drops three consecutive strings resulting in sound similar to a motorcycle shifting gears. The song's ending features a prominent example of talkbox effects.

Music video[edit]

1989 video[edit]

The video clip was shot at the Whisky a Go Go on October 5, 1989, during Mötley Crüe's warm-up show before embarking on the Dr. Feelgood world tour. Sam Kinison is featured at the start of the video chauffeuring the band to the Whisky in a 1946 Buick ambulance.

As part of their cross-promotion with the Mötley Crüe Final Tour and to celebrate the song's 25th anniversary in 2014, Dodge remixed the music video, replacing some of the action scenes with footage of Dodge's performance cars on the track.[9]

2011 video[edit]

In 2011 Mötley Crüe made a new video for the song which included multiple clips from their U.S. tour with Poison and New York Dolls. Soon after the band issued the following statement: "We documented the whole tour, top to bottom (the good, the bad and the ugly) and as we were looking through all the amazing footage, we thought how cool it would be to cut together a 'best of visual' for the fans who made this tour happen. This one is just for the fans, from us."

In other media[edit]

"Kickstart My Heart" appeared in the opening montage of Hockey Night in Canada's coverage of Game 1 of the second round series of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames, whose games against each other are a rivalry known as the "Battle of Alberta".[10] Many clips in the montage showed highlights of the two teams' games from the 1980s, as the song was released in the 1980s and the rivalry was at its fever pitch during that span.



Chart (1989–1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 34
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 27
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[14] 18
Chart (2019) Peak
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 6
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[16] 9
UK Rock & Metal (OCC)[17] 17


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Readers' Poll: The 10 Greatest Hair Metal Songs". Rolling Stone. February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Top 20 Hair Metal Albums of the Eighties – Guitar World". Guitar World. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 28 February 2021. "Dr. Feelgood," "Kickstart My Heart," "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" and "She Goes Down" are as good as pop metal ever got
  3. ^ "The Ultimate Hair Metal Party Playlist". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2021-03-04.
  4. ^ "Watch Ten Second Song Guy Sing Mötley Crüe's Kickstart My Heart In 17 Different Styles". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  5. ^ "Allmusic (Motley Crue charts & awards) Billboard singles".
  6. ^ Battlefield 2042 Official Reveal Trailer (ft. 2WEI), archived from the original on 2021-12-21, retrieved 2021-06-10
  7. ^ Robinson, Will (2015-12-22). "Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx shares the stories behind the band's biggest songs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-08-15.
  8. ^ Childers, Chad. "Steven Adler on Motley Crue's 'Kickstart My Heart' Actual Origins". Loudwire.
  9. ^ Dodge (July 10, 2014). "Mӧtley Crüe & Dodge: Kickstart My Heart 25th Anniversary Special Edition". YouTube. Retrieved April 11, 2019.[dead YouTube link]
  10. ^ Twitter Retrieved 2022-05-19. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Kickstart My Heart". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ "Mötley Crüe – Kickstart My Heart". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Motley Crue Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  14. ^ "Motley Crue Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  15. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 13, 2019" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  16. ^ "Motley Crue Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 8, 2019.
  18. ^ "British single certifications – Motley Crue – Kickstart My Heart". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 20, 2021.

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