The Next Time I Fall

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"The Next Time I Fall"
Single by Peter Cetera and Amy Grant
from the album Solitude/Solitaire
Released 1986
Format 7"
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop[1]
Length 3:43
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Bobby Caldwell and Paul Gordon
Producer(s) Michael Omartian
Peter Cetera chronology
"Glory of Love"
"The Next Time I Fall"
"Big Mistake"
Amy Grant chronology
"Stay for Awhile"
"The Next Time I Fall"
"Saved by Love"

"The Next Time I Fall" is a 1986 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song[2] written by Bobby Caldwell and Paul Gordon,[3] recorded as a duet by Peter Cetera and Amy Grant for Cetera's 1986 album Solitude/Solitaire, and as a solo by Caldwell himself for his 1988 album Heart of Mine. The single reached No. 1 on both the Adult Contemporary chart and the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.[4] It went to No. 1 in December 1986, remaining in that position for one week. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

As a duet, the song was Grant's first of two No. 1 pop singles and her first foray into the secular music field (she had scored several No. 1 singles in Contemporary Christian Music previously). Grant released the song on her Greatest Hits 1986–2004 album and the music video on the corresponding Greatest Hits 1986-2004 DVD.

The music video was released in 1986 and shows Cetera and Grant singing in a room with people dancing.[citation needed] The video was directed by Dominic Sena.[citation needed]



Chart (1986) Position
Billboard Hot 100 1
Adult Contemporary 1


  1. ^ Van Matre, Lynn (October 5, 1986). "Life After Chicago - It's Hard For Peter Cetera To Say He's Sorry". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Charts Archive: The Hot 100 - 1986 Archive". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  3. ^ Back to the 80s: Interview with songwriter/composer Paul Gordon - Kickin' it Old School
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 50. 

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Preceded by
"You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Cetera & Grant version)
December 6, 1986
Succeeded by
"The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby & the Range
Preceded by
"I'll Be over You" by Toto
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single (Cetera & Grant version)
November 8, 1986 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Will Conquer All" by Lionel Richie