Should've Known Better (Richard Marx song)

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"Should've Known Better"
Single by Richard Marx
from the album Richard Marx
B-side "Should’ve Known Better (LP Version)"
Released September 8, 1987 (Debuted on the Hot 100 the week ending September 26)
Format 12" maxi
Recorded 1987
Genre Rock
Length 4:07
Label Manhattan
Writer(s) Richard Marx
Producer(s) Richard Marx
Richard Marx singles chronology
"Don't Mean Nothing"
"Should've Known Better"
"Endless Summer Nights"

"Should've Known Better" is a hit song written, composed, and performed by American rock singer Richard Marx, who released in September 1987 as the second single from his self-titled debut album. The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 as well as #7 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1987.

Marx became the first solo artist in recording history to reach the top three of the Billboard Hot 100 with four singles from a debut album.

In the lyrics, the speaker is still in love with an ex-lover and tortured by it, to the point of regretting falling in love with them.

The music video for the selection was directed by Dominic Sena.

Release and reception[edit]

Released in September 1987 as the second single from his debut solo album, "Should've Known Better" entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on September 26, 1987 at number 64, the highest debut of the week.[1] The single also peaked at number 20 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart.[1] Elsewhere, the single reached number 50 in the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ a b "'Should've Known Better' - Chart history". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

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