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"
Released February 1983 (US)
Format 7"
Genre Rock
Length 03:32
Label A&M
Writer(s) Bryan Adams, Eric Kagna
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"Lonely Nights"
"Straight from the Heart"
"Cuts Like a Knife"
CD Single
Music sample

"Straight from the Heart" is a song 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.


Adams wrote the song when he was 18 in the late 1970s. Although 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.[2] 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. It was featured on her smash 1983 album Faster Than the Speed of Night.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 98
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 20
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 51
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 10
US Billboard Top Tracks[4] 32


  1. ^ Bryan Adams - Cuts Like A Knife
  2. ^ Viglione, Joe. "3WC (Third Wave Civilization)". Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ a b "Artist Chart History (singles) - Bryan Adams". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-10-19.