The Road to Hell (song)

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"The Road to Hell"
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The Road to Hell (Parts 1 & 2)
Single by Chris Rea
from the album The Road to Hell
A-side "The Road to Hell (Part 2)"
Released 2 October 1989 (1989-10-02)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, Cassette, CD, Mini CD
Recorded 1989
Genre Ambient, spoken word (Part 1)
Blues rock, soft rock (Part 2)
Length Part 1: 4:52,
Part 2: 4:32,
Full: 9:24
Label Atco (US)
Magnet (Rest of world)
Writer(s) Chris Rea
Producer(s) Jon Kelly
Chris Rea singles chronology
"Working on It"
(1989)
"The Road to Hell"
(1989)
"That's What They Always Say"
(1989)

"The Road to Hell" is a two-part song written by Chris Rea and released on the album of the same name. It was released as a single, with only part 2 on the A-side of the 7". The single was his biggest success in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

The song was inspired by the frustrations of M25 motorway peak-hour traffic,[2] although some say that it was actually inspired by the A19 near Middlesbrough, where Chris Rea is from.[citation needed]

The South African trio Mark Haze (from Idols South Africa season seven), Dozi and Ghapi recorded a version on their album Rocking Buddies in 2013.[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single[edit]

Magnet YZ431

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Road to Hell (Part 2)" 4:35
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "He Should Know Better" 3:55

12" vinyl single[edit]

Magnet YZ431T

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Road to Hell (Parts 1 & 2)" 9:20
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Josephine" (La Version Française) 5:37

CD single[edit]

Magnet YZ431CD (3") and YZ431CDP (5")

No. Title Length
1. "The Road to Hell (Parts 1 & 2)" 9:20
2. "Josephine" (La Version Française) 5:37
3. "He Should Know Better" 4:37

Cassette single[edit]

Magnet YZ431C

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Road to Hell (Part 2)" 4:35
2. "He Should Know Better" 3:55
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "The Road to Hell (Part 2)" 4:35
2. "He Should Know Better" 3:55

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[4] 78
German Singles Chart[5] 35
Irish Singles Chart[6] 11
UK Singles Chart[1] 10
Chart (1990) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[7] 6
French Singles Chart[8] 30
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 11
Chart (2015) Peak
position
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[10] 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Chris Rea". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (13 September 2002). "Chris Rea". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.markhaze.co.za/albums/46/rocking-buddies Retrieved 4 February 2014
  4. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 28 Jan 1990 (61–100) (from The ARIA Report Issue No. 3)". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "charts-surfer.de search results". Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  7. ^ "Chris Rea - The Road To Hell (Part 2) - austriancharts.at". Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  8. ^ "lescharts.com - Chris Rea - The Road To Hell (Part 2)". Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "allmusic - Chris Rea - Billboard singles". Retrieved 31 January 2009. 
  10. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 23 November 2015.

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