The Heat Is On (Agnetha song)

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"The Heat Is On"
Single by Agnetha Fältskog
from the album Wrap Your Arms Around Me
Format7" single, 12" single
GenreEuropop, pop
LabelPolar Music
Songwriter(s)Florrie Palmer/Tony Ashton
Producer(s)Mike Chapman
Agnetha Fältskog singles chronology
"Never Again"
"The Heat Is On"
"Wrap Your Arms Around Me"

"The Heat Is On" is a song written by Florrie Palmer and Tony Ashton, and recorded by Swedish singer Agnetha Fältskog in 1983 as part of her first English-language solo-album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me.

The song had previously been recorded in 1979 by Noosha Fox, which failed to chart when Fox released it as a single. It had also been rewritten by Manfred Mann's Earth Band as "On the Run" for their 1980 album Chance. Fältskog's version reached No.1 in Sweden and Norway, and peaked at No.2 in Belgium and the Netherlands. In the UK, "The Heat Is On" peaked at No.35, making it Faltskog's highest charting solo single in Britain until the release of her 2004 comeback single, "If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind", which reached No.11.

The B-side of "The Heat Is On" was the song "Man", written by Fältskog herself. Compared to her pre-ABBA-albums where most of the songs were self-penned, this was the only song on the Wrap Your Arms Around Me album that she wrote herself.

In some countries, the record companies also released a 12"-single featuring an extended version of "The Heat Is On" instead of the album version.


The official promo video was shot by Swedish director Erik Irion Nanne in a public bath in Stockholm (Centralbadet) for two nights after closing time. According to Nanne, after the last shot Agnetha fell into the water and could not continue (her hair got all wet). The video also features dancer Blossom Tainton.[1]


Chart (1983) Position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 2
France (SNEP)[3] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 20
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 28
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 35


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  2. ^ " – Agnetha Fältskog – The Heat Is On" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "France". 2013-07-13. Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2014-05-23.
  4. ^ " – Agnetha Fältskog – The Heat Is On". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Heat Is On". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  6. ^ " – Agnetha Fältskog – The Heat Is On" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  7. ^ " – Agnetha Fältskog – The Heat Is On". VG-lista. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  8. ^ " – Agnetha Fältskog – The Heat Is On". Singles Top 100. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  9. ^ " – Agnetha Fältskog – The Heat Is On". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 6, 2016.