Saturday, July 22, 2017

"We Belong" by Pat Benatar

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2108
Date:  10/27/1984
Debut:  45
Peak:  5
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  Benatar's album Live from Earth featured concert tracks and two new studio songs including "Love Is a Battlefield," which became her biggest chart single reaching #5 and going gold. Anticipation was then high for her next move and this first single from her follow-up LP Tropico didn't disappoint. It debuted in the top half of the Pop chart and easily got into the Top 10. It nearly became her biggest hit, but "Battlefield" stayed on the chart two weeks longer. The song got to #3 at Rock and became her first to make an appearance on the AC chart at #34. Although the album would be her lowest peaking to-date at #14, it would be her sixth platinum seller in a row thanks in large part to this hit. Benatar would grab a Grammy nomination for this song in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category.

ReduxReview:  With "Battlefield" a hit, Benatar was then free to move slightly to the softer left of her hard rock beginnings and this tune was a perfect vehicle for the shift. That distinctive synth line was a highly recognizable introduction that led to a great verse and an epic chorus. The balance of the album was definitely hit-or-miss, but that happens on transitional albums like Tropico. Regardless, Benatar tossed out this ditty (much to the dismay of her hardcore rock fans) and it paid off very well.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Eric Lowen and Dave Navarro. The pair started writing songs together before venturing out as a duo simply named Lowen & Navarro. They were able to issue a few albums on major labels, but despite good notices nothing much came from them. They had better luck as songwriters with artists like The Bangles, David Lee Roth, and Dave Edmunds taking on their songs. They would get one more major hit on the Pop chart later in 1991 when the Latin vocal trio The Triplets took "You Don't Have to Go Home Tonight" to #14. Lowen & Navarro continued to record and perform over the years. That all ended when Lowen died from ALS in 2012.


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