Straight On

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"Straight On"
Heart straighton.jpg
Single by Heart
from the album Dog & Butterfly
B-side"Lighter Touch"
ReleasedSeptember 1978
Format7" single/12" Promo
Recorded1978
GenreHard rock, disco-rock
Length5:08
LabelPortrait Records
Songwriter(s)Ann Wilson
Nancy Wilson
Sue Ennis
Producer(s)Mike Flicker, Heart and Michael Fisher
Heart singles chronology
"Heartless"
(1978)
"Straight On"
(1978)
"Dog & Butterfly"
(1978)

"Straight On" is a song recorded by the rock band Heart. It was released as the first single from the band's 1978 album Dog & Butterfly. In the U.S., "Straight On" became Heart's third single to crack the top twenty, peaking at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was co-written by Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, and Sue Ennis.

The song is a mid-tempo rock number which incorporates a funky, almost dance-oriented bass line. Ann Wilson has called the song Heart's first "dance song", which is likely indicative of its recording and release happening during the disco era of the late 70s. The lyrics use gambling metaphors to illustrate the protagonist heading straight on for her partner's love. [1]

"Straight On" was released during Heart's classic era and has been part of the group's setlist almost constantly since its release. It still was during their 2016 tour. [2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 14
French Singles Chart[citation needed] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 15

In Popular Culture[edit]

A cover of "Straight On" was featured in the jukebox musical movie Strange Magic[5], performed as a duet between the Bog King and Princess Marianne as they are fighting each other. This scene was used in the movie's promotional materials and referred to as the "duel duet"[6].

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monaco, Rachael. "Heart: 5 best song lyrics or verses of the band fronted by the Wilson sisters".
  2. ^ Lifton, Dave. "Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick Kick Off 'Rock Hall Three for All' Tour – Videos, Set Lists Heart, Joan Jett and Cheap Trick Kick Off 'Rock Hall Three for All' Tour".
  3. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
  4. ^ "Heart - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozBeqD5wuPQ
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwVyvZWDeCU