Sara (Starship song)

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Sara single.jpg
Single by Starship
from the album Knee Deep in the Hoopla
B-side "Hearts Of The World (Will Understand)"
Released December 1985
Recorded 1985
Length 4:53 (Album Version)
4:18 (Edited Version)
Label Grunt/RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Peter Wolf (music), Ina Wolf (music and lyrics)
Producer(s) Peter Wolf, Jeremy Smith
Starship singles chronology
"We Built This City"
"Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight"

"We Built This City"
"Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight"

"Sara" is a song recorded by the American rock band Starship which reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 15, 1986. It was sung only by Mickey Thomas, of the newly renamed band Starship, from their first album Knee Deep in the Hoopla; for this single, Grace Slick only provided the backing vocals.[1]

The recording became one of the best-selling singles of 1986 in North America. It was the band's second number-one hit after the song "We Built This City" hit the mark a few months earlier in 1985. It also became the band's first number-one song on the adult contemporary chart, where it remained for three weeks.[2] Although written by Peter and Ina Wolf, the song was named for Thomas's wife at the time, Sara (née Kendrick).

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Sara" prominently features actress Rebecca De Mornay and Thomas in a storyline about a relationship ending, on a Dust Bowl farm in the midwest, with frequent flashbacks to what is presumably Thomas's character's childhood and the tornado that wrecked his home and killed his mother.[3] The music video was set in the 1950s.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985–1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 15
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[6] 18
Canada (RPM) 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 18
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 19
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 43
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 9
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[13] 66
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 1
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[14] 1
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[14] 12

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Ranking
Australia (Kent Music Report)[15] 67
Canada RPM [16] 30
US Billboard Hot 100 24

See also[edit]


  1. ^ SLICK, GRACE. "roll’s Alice in Wonderland. In 1966 the members of Jefferson Airplane—then Paul Kanter, Marty Balin, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, and Spencer Dryden—asked Slick to join the band. With Jefferson Airplane poised for." A to Z of American Women in the Performing Arts (2002): 195.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 126.
  3. ^ Somebody to love?: a rock-and-roll memoir Grace Slick. 1998.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "Starship - Sara (song)". Ö3 Austria Top 40. March 1, 1986. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Belgian peak Archived 2012-02-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
  8. ^ " – Starship Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ Search for Irish peak
  10. ^ "Sara - Starship". Dutch Top 40. RTL Nederland. 1986. Retrieved January 13, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ " – Starship – Sara". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ " – Starship – Sara". Swiss Singles Chart.
  13. ^ UK Singles Chart (1986). "Starship". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  14. ^ a b c "Sara - Starship". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 24, 2011.
  15. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – 1986". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  16. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (23 May 2017). "RPM Weekly - Top Singles of 1986". Archived from the original on 23 November 2015. Retrieved 26 December 2016.

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