Straight from the Heart (song)

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"Straight from the Heart"
7" Cover
Single by Bryan Adams
from the album Cuts Like a Knife
B-side"One Good Reason"
ReleasedFebruary 1983 (US)
GenreSoft rock
Songwriter(s)Bryan Adams, Eric Kagna
Producer(s)Bryan Adams and Bob Clearmountain
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"Lonely Nights"
"Straight from the Heart"
"Cuts Like a Knife"
CD Single
Straight From the Heart (Bryan Adams single - cover art).jpg
Audio sample
"Straight from the Heart"

"Straight from the Heart" is a song recorded by Canadian rock musician Bryan Adams. It was released in February 1983 as the lead single from his third studio album, Cuts Like a Knife. It was his breakthrough song in the U.S., the first to make the top 40, reaching number 10.[1] It also peaked at #32 on the Adult Contemporary chart, the first Bryan Adams single to appear on that chart. On the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart, "Straight from the Heart" reached number one.[2]


The song was written by Eric Kagna, a Vancouver singer/songwriter, and the instrumental bridge was contributed by Adams. The official songwriter credit is shared equally between Adams and Kagna. Adams did not release his version of the song until 1983. The song was first recorded by Ian Lloyd in 1980, on his album Third Wave Civilization.

Other versions[edit]

Australian singer Jon English recorded the song for his 1981 album, In Roads. The song peaked at number 72 in Australia. Later, the song was covered by teen band Rosetta Stone in 1982 (issued as a single in November that year, a month before Adams' version came out as a single). Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler released it on a 45 in the US in May 1983, her version was a minor airplay hit all over Europe It was featured on her 1983 album Faster Than the Speed of Night.

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 98
Canada RPM Top Singles 20
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[4] 1
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 51
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 10
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[6] 29
US Billboard Mainstream Rock[5] 32


  1. ^ Bryan Adams - Cuts Like A Knife Archived 2014-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1983-07-30. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1983-07-30. Retrieved 2019-06-02.
  5. ^ a b "Artist Chart History (singles) - Bryan Adams". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-19.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 12.

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