The Centre of the Heart

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"The Centre of the Heart"
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Single by Roxette
from the album Room Service
B-side "Entering Your Heart"
Released 19 March 2001
Format CD
Recorded January 1998; November 2000
Studio El Cortijo Studios, Marbella;
Atlantis and Polar Studios, Stockholm
Length 3:22
  • Roxette Recordings
  • EMI
Songwriter(s) Per Gessle
Roxette singles chronology
"The Centre of the Heart"
"Real Sugar"

"The Centre of the Heart"
"Real Sugar"
Music video
"The Centre of the Heart" on YouTube

"The Centre of the Heart" is a song by Swedish pop music duo Roxette, released on 19 March 2001 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, Room Service. An uptempo electropop song, it was written by Per Gessle and originally demoed in January 1998 during sessions for their previous album Have a Nice Day (1999). The song's music video was directed by longtime collaborator Jonas Åkerlund, and is the most expensive music video ever produced by Roxette.

The track became one of the duo's biggest hits in their home country, spending four weeks on top of the Swedish Singles Chart. It also performed well in Spain, and charted moderately in several other European territories. The single was backed by an exclusive b-side, "Entering Your Heart", along with several remixes by StoneBridge.

Background and recording[edit]

The song was written by Per Gessle early in the development stages of Roxette's preceding studio album, Have a Nice Day (1999). It was first demoed in El Cortijo Studios in Marbella, Spain in January 1998, and is the only track on Room Service to feature a co-production credit for Michael Ilbert.[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

The song is officially titled "The Centre of the Heart", although multiple promotional singles were issued which titled the track "The Centre of the Heart (Is a Suburb to the Brain)". Non-album track "Entering Your Heart" appears as a b-side on most editions of the single.[1] An extended version of the b-side, containing an extra verse, also appeared on Japanese editions of Room Service.[2] A maxi single was also issued, containing four remixes of the song by Swedish DJ StoneBridge, as well as an additional remix created by Jens Bjurman and Per Kalenius, titled the 'Yoga Remix'.[1]

The StoneBridge Club Mix was featured in several Dance Dance Revolution video games from 2001 and 2002:

Roxette debuted "The Centre of the Heart" live on 23 February during an interval at the Swedish Melodifestivalen 2001.[4] The song's music video was directed by longtime collaborator Jonas Åkerlund,[5] and was filmed over three days at The Madonna Inn in California. It remains Roxette's most expensive music video to date, surpassing the budget of "Spending My Time" from their 1991 album Joyride.[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song became one of the duo's biggest hits in their home country Sweden, topping the Sverigetopplistan chart for four consecutive weeks,[7] and being certified platinum by the Swedish Recording Industry Association for sales in excess of 30,000 copies.[8] It ended 2001 as the 14th best-selling single in the country.[9] It was also a hit in Spain, topping the Spanish Airplay Chart and peaking at number seven on the national sales chart.[10] The song became a top twenty hit in Finland, where it charted at number 13,[11] and peaked within the top thirty in Austria,[12] Belgium,[13] and Switzerland.[14] The single peaked at number 31 and spent nine weeks on the German Singles Chart.[15] The song was not released as a single in the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom.[1]

Formats and track listings[edit]

All songs written by Per Gessle.

  • CD Single (Australia 8790312 · Europe 8791712)
  1. "The Centre of the Heart" – 3:22
  2. "Entering Your Heart" – 3:59
  • CD Maxi – Remixes (8792302)
  1. "The Centre of the Heart" – 3:22
  2. "The Centre of the Heart" (StoneBridge Club Mix Edit) – 3:37
  3. "The Centre of the Heart" (StoneBridge Club Mix) – 7:49
  4. "The Centre of the Heart" (Yoga Remix) – 3:29
  5. "The Centre of the Heart" (StoneBridge Peak Hour Dub) – 6:36
  6. "The Centre of the Heart" (StoneBridge More Vox Dub) – 6:36


Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Pop Hits.[16]




Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Sweden (GLF)[8] Platinum 30,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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