Something to Believe In (Poison song)

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"Something to Believe In"
Something To Believe In.jpg
Single by Poison
from the album Flesh and Blood
B-side"Ball and Chain"
ReleasedSeptember 4, 1990
GenreGlam metal, Blues rock, Power Ballad
Songwriter(s)Michaels; DeVille; Dall; Rockett
Producer(s)Bruce Fairbairn
Poison singles chronology
""Unskinny Bop"
"Something to Believe In"
"Ride the Wind"
Music video
"Something to Believe In" at

"Something to Believe In" is a power ballad by American Glam metal band Poison, being the 2nd single from their 1990 album Flesh & Blood. "Something to Believe In" was also released on the Best of Ballads & Blues album in 2003, with alternate lyrics (part 2).

The song peaked at number 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100, number 5 on the Mainstream rock charts,[1] number 35 in the UK[2] and #44 on the Australian charts. It was the last Top 10 on Billboard chart for the band to date.

This song was dedicated to James Kimo Maano, a security guard and best friend of Bret Michaels who had died some time earlier.

The cover art for the single depicts a tattoo on Michaels' arm of a cross with the words "Something to Believe In". The tattoo artist, according to Michaels, had been drinking and spelled "believe" incorrectly putting the "e" before the "i". It was attempted to be corrected by adding a rose to the cross that covered the misspelling, but Michaels was never satisfied with the results. In the first season of the reality show Rock of Love, Michaels goes to a tattoo shop where the tattoo artist properly touches up the tattoo.

Music video[edit]

During the filming of the video, unbeknownst to Michaels, the director had inserted footage of James Kimo Maano which was playing on a screen in front of Bret. This was done to try to draw raw emotion from Michaels. It worked too well as Michaels lost his composure and had to leave the set for several hours. On the final cut of the video, during the second verse Michaels can be noticed visually holding back tears and momentarily stops singing.


  • Bret Michaels - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • C.C. DeVille - Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar (Used in the choruses and sporadically in the verses), Backing Vocals
  • Bobby Dall - Bass, Backing Vocals
  • Rikki Rockett - Drums, Backing Vocals


Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ "Allmusic (Poison charts and awards) Billboard singles".
  2. ^ "Poison chart stats". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31.
  3. ^ "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15.

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