Mermaids (soundtrack)

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Mermaids OST
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released November 13, 1990
Genre Pop
Label Geffen Records
Producer Peter Asher
Cher albums chronology
Heart of Stone
(1989) Heart of Stone1989
(1990) Mermaids1990
Love Hurts
(1991) Love Hurts1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Mermaids is the soundtrack album from the film Mermaids starring Cher, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci, and Bob Hoskins.[2]

Soundtrack information[edit]

The Mermaids soundtrack was released in Europe on November 13, 1990, and on December 8, 1990, in the U.S. The album also peaked at number sixty-five on the Billboard 200. Two singles, both recorded by Cher, were released to promote the soundtrack: "Baby I'm Yours" (originally recorded by Barbara Lewis), released as the first European single, and the worldwide hit "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" (originally recorded by Betty Everett), which was released as the second European single. It was also Cher's first single from her album, Love Hurts. In the U.S., "The Shoop Shoop Song" was the first single from the soundtrack.

"Baby I'm Yours" was not a success, only reaching number eighty-nine in the UK Singles Chart. However, The Shoop Shoop Song was a worldwide hit, becoming Cher's second number one hit in the UK. The song also peaked in the top ten of almost every European country, but failed to receive much attention in North America, peaking at number thirty-three in the U.S. and number twenty-one in Canada. Although the success in mainstream airplay was not as strong in North America, the song did receive strong adult contemporary airplay in both the U.S. and Canada, peaking at number seven in the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart and number four in the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic's Brian Mansfield gave the album three stars out of five, saying it is "full of whimsical pre-Beatles pop". He specifically described "Sleepwalk" as "gorgeous".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performers Length
1. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" Rudy Clark Cher 2:51
2. "Big Girls Don't Cry" Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons 2:25
3. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" Smokey Robinson Smokey Robinson and The Miracles 2:57
4. "It's My Party" Walter Gold, John Gluck Jr., Herb Weiner Lesley Gore 2:21
5. "Johnny Angel" Lyn Duddy, Lee Pockriss Shelley Fabares 2:22
6. "Baby I'm Yours" Van McCoy Cher 3:19
7. "Just One Look" Gregory Carroll, Doris Payne Doris Troy 2:26
8. "Love Is Strange" Mickey Baker, Sylvia Vanderpool, Ethel Smith Mickey & Sylvia 2:55
9. "Sleepwalk" Santo Farina, Johnny Farina Santo & Johnny 2:21
10. "If You Wanna Be Happy" Joseph Royster, Carmella Guida, Frank Guida Jimmy Soul 2:11


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[3] 29
Canadian Albums Chart[4] 35
European Albums (Top 100)[5] 81
German Albums Chart[6] 55
Norwegian Albums Chart[7] 11
UK Compilations (Official Charts Company) 6
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 65

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Production and personnel[edit]

  • Performer: Cher
  • Producer: Peter Asher
  • Performer: Shelley Fabares
  • Performer: Frankie Valli
  • Performer: The Four Seasons
  • Performer: Lesley Gore
  • Performer: Mickey & Sylvia
  • Performer: The Miracles
  • Performer: Santo & Johnny
  • Performer: Jimmy Soul
  • Performer: Doris Troy
  • Performer: Smokey Robinson
  • Music supervisor: John Kalodner
  • Mastering supervisor: David Donnelly
  • Mastering: Dan Hersch
  • Coordination: Debra Shallman
  • Photography: Kerry Hayes
  • Design: Kevin Reagan
  • Design: Janet Wolsborn


  1. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian. Mermaids at AllMusic
  2. ^ Allmusic Information Retrieved October 15, 2013
  3. ^ "Soundtrack / Various Artists – Mermaids OST". Australian Albums Chart. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "RPM 100 Albums: Volume 53 (No. 13)". RPM. 1991-04-02. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  5. ^ "European Top 100 Albums, page 25" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Germany Music Charts – Top Albums". 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  7. ^ "Norwegian Albums Charts – Top Albums". 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-02-22. 
  8. ^ "Mermaids - Original Soundtrack |". Retrieved April 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – Mermaids - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Music Canada. December 30, 1991. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Certified Awards". BPI. Retrieved August 11, 2014. 

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