Original Sin (Taylor Dayne song)

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"Original Sin"
Taylor Dayne – Original Sin (single cover).jpg
Single by Taylor Dayne
from the album The Shadow OST
FormatCassette single/CD single
Songwriter(s)Jim Steinman
Producer(s)Jim Steinman
Taylor Dayne singles chronology
"I'll Wait"
"Original Sin"
"Say a Prayer"

"Original Sin" is a song produced, written and arranged by Jim Steinman. Steinman originally wrote, composed, and produced the song for the album of the same name by the musical team called Pandora's Box. Taylor Dayne covered the song (singing to a stripped-down version of the backup tracks recorded for Pandora's Box), and it was released as a single on June 26, 1994, and included in the soundtrack to the film The Shadow.

Song information[edit]

The photograph displayed on the cover of Dayne's single was shot by Alberto Tolot, taken on the set of its music video. This version of the song has slightly altered lyrics referring to the themes of the movie (a line about 'evil lurking in the hearts of men today' based on the intro to "The Shadow" radio program) different from the ones sung by Meat Loaf on Welcome to the Neighborhood and Pandora's Box.


Chart (1994–95) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[1] 203
UK Singles Chart[2] 63

"Original Sin" was released in the U.S. as a cassette and CD single, but did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100.

Cover versions[edit]

Meat Loaf recorded the song for his album Welcome to the Neighborhood. As previously stated, his version has different lyrics from Dayne's.


  1. ^ "Response from ARIA to chart inquiry, received 10 June 2016". Imgur.com. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  2. ^ "Official Charts > Taylor Dayne". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-06-11.