Shape of My Heart (Sting song)

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"Shape of My Heart"
Sting - Shape of my heart.jpg
Single by Sting
from the album Ten Summoner's Tales
ReleasedAugust 1, 1993
GenrePop rock
Sting singles chronology
"Fields of Gold"
"Shape of My Heart"
"Nothing 'Bout Me"

"Shape of My Heart" is a song by English musician Sting. It was released in August 1993 as the fifth single from the album Ten Summoner's Tales. The song was co-written by guitarist Dominic Miller. The song was used for the end credits of the film Léon with Jean Reno and Natalie Portman.

Background and writing[edit]

Sting explained that through "Shape of My Heart", he wanted to tell the story of a "card player, a gambler who gambles not to win but to try to figure out something; to figure out some kind of mystical logic in luck, or chance; some kind of scientific, almost religious law."[1][2]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 57
Chart (2014) Peak
France (SNEP)[4] 177
Chart (2015) Peak
France (SNEP)[5] 151
Chart (2016) Peak
France (SNEP)[6] 96

Samples and interpolations[edit]

The song's backing track has been sampled or interpolated by several artists. At least two songs, Sugababes' "Shape" and Pastor Troy's "For My Soldiers", have also sampled the original recording's vocals.

Artist Song Album Year Comments
Nas "The Message" It Was Written 1996 Released as a single but did not chart
Monica "Take Him Back" The Boy Is Mine 1998
Blaque "Release Me" Blaque 1999
Hikaru Utada "Never Let Go" First Love 1999
Carl Thomas "Emotional" Emotional 2000 #47 in the US
Lil' Zane "Ways of the World" Young World: The Future 2000
Craig David featuring Sting "Rise & Fall" Slicker Than Your Average 2002 #2 in the UK
Sugababes "Shape" Angels with Dirty Faces 2002 #11 in the UK
Jay Chou 周杰倫 "夜曲" - 2005
Kyo "About Thirty Times" My Girl 2006
Shlomo artzi "תתארו לכם" שפויים 2007
Shontelle "I Crave You" Shontelligence 2008
Pastor Troy "For My Soldiers" Attitude Adjuster 2008
K Koke featuring Maverick Sabre "Turn Back" I Ain't Perfect 2012 #70 in the UK
Kyndall "Bullet" Still Down 2015
Rapper School "Mi Gran Amor" Crónicas Al Tiempo (Edición Especial) 2017
Tory Lanez featuring 50 Cent "Pieces" Memories Don't Die 2018
Juice WRLD "Lucid Dreams" Goodbye & Good Riddance 2018 #2 in the US
Nico de Andrea The Shape The Shape 2018
Russ Parkstone Drive[7] Zoo 2018


Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman released a cover of "Shape of My Heart" on YouTube in February 2017.[8]

British metalcore band Oceans Ate Alaska released a cover of the song as part of Songs that Saved My Life, a compilation cover album released on November 9, 2018.


  1. ^ Shape of my heart by Sting Songfacts
  2. ^ " > Discography > Shape Of My Heart, cass". Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  4. ^ " – Sting – Shape of My Heart" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ " – Sting – Shape of My Heart" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  6. ^ " – Sting – Shape of My Heart" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Russ's 'Parkstone Drive' - Discover the Sample Source". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  8. ^ "THEORY OF A DEADMAN OFFER UP MOVING COVER OF STING'S 'SHAPE OF MY HEART'". Loudwire. Retrieved March 11, 2019.