Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Heart Attack" by Olivia Newton-John

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1171
Date:  09/04/1982
Debut:  67
Peak:  3
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  After the massive success of her "Physical" single and album, Newton-John needed a follow-up. But a world tour and other projects (her upcoming film "Twist of Fate") didn't allow enough time for a full album. Instead, an interim hits package was developed that would include two brand new recordings including this single. The decision worked out quite well as the song became another smash hit for her spending four weeks at #3.

ReduxReview:  The choppy, syncopated bass, drums, and vocals got my attention immediately on this one. Combine that with her rock-vocal worthy chorus and it created a real winner. It holds up surprisingly well too. Oddly, it's one of her big hits that doesn't get much attention these days.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Although the compilation album that this song came from, "Olivia's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2," only reached #16, it spent 80 weeks on the album chart and would eventually go double-platinum. It would be the longest charting album of her career. It's longevity allowed the LP to finish at #10 on the year-end album chart.


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