One Night in Heaven

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"One Night in Heaven"
Single by M People
from the album Elegant Slumming
Released 14 June 1993
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
CD single, cassette
Genre Dance-pop, house
Length 3:39
Label Deconstruction
Songwriter(s) Pickering/Heard
Producer(s) M People
M People singles chronology
"How Can I Love You More (Mixes)"
"One Night in Heaven"
"Moving on Up"
Music video
"One Night in Heaven" on YouTube
Alternative cover
US cover of "One Night in Heaven".
US cover of "One Night in Heaven".

One Night in Heaven is the sixth overall single from British band M People and the first single from their second album Elegant Slumming (1993). Written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard. Produced by M People. It was released on 14 June 1993. The song peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart.


The song was recorded at the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London. The key refrain "One Night in Heaven, One Night in Heaven" is sung by vocalist Juliet Roberts who sings backing vocals throughout. The song is made up of a variety of key elements, most notably, the sequenced "brass bottle" synths at the intro and in the break. The melody line is guided by the moog bassline, programmed drumming and layered with high hat synths and a continuous beat. This is embodied by the progressive chords and additional chords during the choruses. In the chorus the song bears a startling resemblance to a Top 20 1975 hit song called 'Highwire' by Linda Carr and The Love Squad.

Chart Performance[edit]

Like the previous single, "One Night in Heaven" became the second consecutive single to enter the Top 10 and climb higher. It is the only M People single to climb not once, but twice. It spent the first three weeks climbing from its introductory chart position of number 9 to 7 to then peak in its third week at number 6. The single entered the chart at number 9 in the summer of 1993 with sales of 84,000 copies in its first week, but after one of two performances on Top of the Pops made a steady ascent climbing to number 7 selling further 89,000 copies in each of the following two weeks and in its fourth week selling 98,000 copies to climb and peak at number 6 where it remained for another week afterwards. This meant the single sold 360,000 copies in a month.

This single spent a total of 11 weeks in the chart throughout the summer of 1993 leaving 30 August 1993. One in Night in Heaven became a massive success Europe-wide, scoring Top 10 hits in Germany, France and Holland. On the dance chart M People were held off the top spot by Haddaway's What Is Love. The song also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the US in 1994.


"One Night in Heaven" was serviced to radio four weeks before physical release on 19 May as the follow-up to previous airplay Top 10 smash "How Can I Love You More (Mixes)". By the end of week one on airplay, the single had become the highest new entry being played 315 times on UK Radio placing it straight in at Number 58. All UK Independent Local Radio stations, BBC Radio 2 and even Radio 1 had added the song to their A-Lists. It became M People's first Airplay Chart Number 1 in the UK where it remained for two weeks. It then took another eleven weeks to leave the Airplay Top 75 which meant it was still being heavily played when its successor "Moving on Up" was released to radio.

Music Video[edit]

The video was filmed in Barcelona, Sitges and Montserrat (mountain) at the end of April 1993 and filmed over two days. It was the first M People music video to be filmed abroad with a relatively larger budget. The premise was to introduce the band and show them singing along to the song and having fun. The band's three members Heather Small, Mike Pickering and Paul Heard and the band's percussionist Shovell (for the first time, who would later become full-time member) are all featured in various scenes within popular tourist spots including Park Güell and the Sagrada Família both designed by Antoni Gaudí.

Live Performances[edit]

In its original live incarnation, "One Night in Heaven" gets arguably one of the largest rapturous audience response, than any other single. During the Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit, Bizarre Fruit II tours as well as T in the Park and Glastonbury in 1994, it has been performed as the full-length album version towards the end of the second half their shows (pre-encore). From 1996 onwards they have performed the song with the David Morales Classic Mix intro found on Elegantly American. Snake Davis also no longer plays flute during the choruses.


Remixes of the single were provided by Harri and M People themselves created the Hi Gloss mixes. Further mixes of the single were created for the Elegantly American including mixes by David Morales.

Track listings[edit]

In the UK, the CD single does not contain the radio edit. At the time the radio edit was only made available on the 7" version of the single and on compilations.

  1. "One Night in Heaven" (7" mix) 3.44
  2. "One Night in Heaven" (thee def radio mix) 3.56
7" Mini
  1. "One Night in Heaven" (Master edit) 3.44
  2. "One Night in Heaven" (Hi Gloss dub) 5.56
12" Maxi
  1. "One Night in Heaven" (Master Mix)[1] 6.32
  2. "One Night in Heaven" (Harri's Dub) 7.54
  3. "One Night in Heaven" (Hi Gloss Mix) 6.22
  4. "One Night in Heaven" (Hi Gloss Dub) 5.56
  5. "One Night in Heaven" (Harri's Vocal) 7.07
CD Maxi
  1. "One Night in Heaven" (Master Mix)[1] 6.32
  2. "One Night in Heaven" (Harri's Dub) 7.54
  3. "One Night in Heaven" (Hi Gloss Mix) 6.22
  4. "One Night in Heaven" (Hi Gloss Dub) 5.56
  5. "One Night in Heaven" (Harri's Vocal) 7.07

See also[edit]


Chart (1993) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 23
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[2] 19
New Zealand (RIANZ)[1] 26
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[1] 12
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[3] 6

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
U.S. Billboard Dance Club Play[4] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
UK Singles Chart[5] 45
Preceded by
"Anytime You Need a Friend" by Mariah Carey
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
3 September 1994 – 10 September 1994 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Ain't Nobody" by Jaki Graham


  1. ^ a b c ""Moving on Up", in various singles charts" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 28 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Belgian peak
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart [1] (Retrieved 28 March 2009)
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 183. 
  5. ^

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