Listen to Your Heart (Roxette song)

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"Listen to Your Heart"
ListenToYourHeart.jpg
Single by Roxette
from the album Look Sharp!
B-side"(I Could Never) Give You Up"
Released27 September 1988
RecordedAugust 1988[1]
StudioEMI Studios (Stockholm)
GenrePop rock
Length
  • 5:28 (album version)
  • 5:12 (radio edit)
  • 4:05 (single edit)
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Clarence Öfwerman
Roxette singles chronology
"Dressed for Success"
(1988)
"Listen to Your Heart"
(1988)
"Chances"
(1988)
Music video
"Listen to Your Heart" on YouTube

"Listen to Your Heart" is a song by Swedish pop music duo Roxette, which was originally released in Sweden in September 1988 as the second single from the duo's second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988). It was written by Per Gessle with former Gyllene Tider guitarist Mats "M.P." Persson. The song went on to become one of the most successful singles of 1989, reaching number one in both the United States and Canada around November 1989.[2] The track was the first song to reach number one in the US without a commercially-released 7-inch single.[3]

"Listen to Your Heart" originally peaked at number 62 in the UK when it was released there in October 1989. However, following the success of "It Must Have Been Love", the track was reissued as a double A-side with "Dangerous" in August 1990, upon which it reached a chart peak of number six on the UK Singles Chart. In 2005, Belgian trance act DHT released a remixed version of the song, which became a top 10 hit in numerous territories, including France, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

Composition and style[edit]

Per Gessle described "Listen to Your Heart" in the liner notes of Roxette's 1995 greatest hits compilation Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! as "The Big Bad Ballad. This is us trying to recreate that overblown American FM-rock sound to the point where it almost becomes absurd. We really wanted to see how far we could take it."[4] Its lyrics were inspired by a close friend of Gessle's, who was in "emotional turmoil, stuck between an old relationship and a new love. A year later, I call him up in the middle of the night after a few too many glasses of champagne, saying 'Hey, you're number one in the States.'"[1]

According to Ultimate Guitar, the track is an alternative rock ballad, with a moderately slow tempo of 86 beats per minute. The verses are made up of three repeating sequences of Bm–G–A and one additional sequence of Bm–G–Em. The first two choruses are composed of two repetitions of a Bm–G–D–A sequence, followed by an extended sequence of D–A–G–D–Bm–G–A–Bm. The bridge consists of E–C♯m–B–A–B–C♯. The final chorus has been modified up by two full tones it consists of two repetitions of D♯m–B–F♯–C♯, followed by a sequence of F♯–C♯–B–F♯–D♯m–B–C♯–D♯m–B, with the final four notes being repeated for the outro.[5]

Seven different versions of the song were released: the original album version; the "Swedish Single Edit", a slightly edited version included on subsequent greatest hits compilations; the "US Remix", used in the music video; the "AC Mix", which is similar to the 'US remix' but with the guitar in the bridge replaced by a MIDI saxophone; shorter edits of the aforementioned 2 versions, which cut some parts from the last refrain; and the 7-inch single version, which fades out shortly after the last refrain, omitting most of the outro.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

In his review of the Look Sharp! album, Bryan Buss from AllMusic said the song is "bland" and "overproduced".[7] Music & Media commented, "Already doing well in the US, this semi-ballad has all the ingredients of a major worldwide hit. This time it seems that the Swedes have beaten the Americans at their own game."[8] In 1990, David Giles from Music Week called it "another big hit", adding, "this single is anything to go by — it made history by reaching number one despite being available on cassette only."[9]

Music video[edit]

Doug Freel directed the song's music video, which was filmed during a live performance at the Borgholm Castle ruin on the Swedish Baltic Sea island of Öland.[10] Freel and the video's production crew believed the ruin to have been created especially for the video. Gessle said: "It took some time to convince them that the place actually was for real."[4]

The song has been performed on all of Roxette's concert tours. On the Look Sharp! Live Tour and Join the Joyride! Tour, it was performed in its original, power ballad style, although it has been performed in an acoustic version on all tours since the Crash! Boom! Bang! Tour in 1994.[6]

Formats and track listings[edit]

All lyrics by Per Gessle; all music by Gessle, except "Listen to Your Heart" by Gessle and Mats Persson and "Half a Woman, Half a Shadow" by Marie Fredriksson.

  • EU 7-inch single (Sweden 1363237 · UK EM108)
  • EU cassette (UK TCEM108)
  1. "Listen to Your Heart" – 5:12
  2. "(I Could Never) Give You Up" – 3:59
  • US 7-inch single (B-50223)
  • US cassette (4JM-50223)
  1. "Listen to Your Heart" – 5:12
  2. "Half a Woman, Half a Shadow" – 3:33
  • CD single (UK CDEM108)
  1. "Listen to Your Heart" (Single Mix) – 5:14
  2. "Dressed for Success" (New Radio Mix) – 3:56
  3. "(I Could Never) Give You Up" – 3:58
  4. "Neverending Love" (Live) – 3:31
  • CD single (1990 UK and Ireland reissue) (UK CDEM149)
  1. "Listen to Your Heart" (Swedish Single Version) – 5:12
  2. "Dangerous" – 3:46
  3. "Listen to Your Heart" (US Mix) – 4:53
  4. "Dangerous" (U.S. Club Edit) – 3:46

Charts and certifications[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Ballad Hits.[1]

  • Recorded at EMI Studios in Stockholm, Sweden in August 1988.
  • Mixed by Alar Suurna, Per Gessle and Clarence Öfwerman at EMI Studios in Stockholm.

Musicians

DHT version[edit]

"Listen to Your Heart"
Listen to your heart.jpg
Single by DHT featuring Edmée
from the album Listen to Your Heart
Released
  • 24 November 2004 (US)
  • 12 August 2005 (UK)
Recorded2003
Genre
LabelMinistry of Sound
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Flor Theeuwes
  • Jeffrey Vissers
  • Thunder Deejay
DHT singles chronology
"Uninvited"
(2003)
"Listen to Your Heart"
(2004)
"My Dream"
(2004)

In 2005, Belgian dance group DHT's cover of "Listen to Your Heart" became an international club hit after being released as single from the album of the same name. Originally released in Belgium in 2003, the various mixes of the song reached American clubs in late 2004, and it was released in the United States in November of that year.

By June 2005, the song had reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart and the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number eight in August. Worldwide, the cover reached the top 10 in the Czech Republic, France, and the United Kingdom while becoming a top-twenty success in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, and Norway.

The same year, the group also released the "Edmée's unplugged vocal edit", an acoustic ballad version of the song, which also received substantial airplay.

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Listen to Your Heart" – 4:32
  2. "My Dream" – 3:55
  • CD maxi
  1. "Listen to Your Heart" (Edmée's unplugged vocal edit) – 4:32
  2. "Listen to Your Heart" (Furious F.EZ radio edit) – 3:50
  3. "Listen to Your Heart" (Uniting Nations remix) – 7:11
  4. "Listen to Your Heart" (Furious F.EZ extended mix) – 4:54
  5. "Listen to Your Heart" (Hixxy remix) – 7:11
  6. "Listen to Your Heart" (Friday Night Posse remix) – 7:29
  • Digital download
  1. "Listen to Your Heart" – 4:32

Charts and certifications[edit]

Yuridia Spanish version[edit]

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