Should've Known Better (Richard Marx song)
|"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||7" 12" maxi|
|Length||4:07 (album version)
4:32 (rock radio version)
|Richard Marx singles chronology|
"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 and #4 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart.
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.
- Richard Marx: lead vocals, backing vocals
- Tom Keane: keyboards
- Michael Landau: guitar
- John Pierce: bass guitar
- Prairie Prince: drums
- Paulinho da Costa: percussion
- Fee Waybill: backing vocals
Release and reception
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. The single also peaked at number 20 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. The song also reached #4 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay chart on November 20, 1987 for two weeks and remained on the chart for 13 weeks. Elsewhere, the single reached number 50 in the United Kingdom.
- "'Should've Known Better' - Chart history". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.). Retrieved 2009-10-22.