Luka (song)

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Single by Suzanne Vega
from the album Solitude Standing
Released 1987
Recorded 1986
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:48
Label A&M
Writer(s) Suzanne Vega
Suzanne Vega singles chronology
"Tom's Diner"

"Luka" is a song recorded by Suzanne Vega and released as a single in 1987. It remains her highest-charting hit in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Vega also recorded a Spanish-language version of the song, featured on the single.

Luka earned Vega nominations at the 1988 Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.


This song deals with the issue of domestic violence.

Music video[edit]

This video was directed by Michael Patterson and Candice Reckinge. It was shot over three days, in New York City. The part of Luka was played by actor Jason Cerbone, who was chosen after the directors auditioned more than 90 children for the part.


Chart (1987) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 21
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 33
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 5
France (SNEP)[4] 24
Ireland (IRMA) 11
Italy (FIMI)[5] 34
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 2
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 23
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 3
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[10] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[11] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs[12] 48


During a 2012 episode of BBC Radio 4's Mastertapes, Vega revealed that she had written a follow-up to 'Luka', from the point of view of the character as he looked back on his life.[1] The song, titled 'Song of the Stoic', would later feature on her 2014 album Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles'.



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