Monday, March 5, 2018

"Not Enough Love in the World" by Don Henley

Song#:  2333
Date:  05/25/1985
Debut:  80
Peak:  34
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Henley's first two singles from his second solo album Building the Perfect Beast found a home in the Pop Top 10 with both of them hitting #1 at Rock. For his third single, Henley dialed back his contemporary rock sound and released this Eagle-ish soft rock tune. AC greeting the tune with open arms and sent it to #6 on that chart. Rock and Pop were a bit more reserved in their response and it peaked at #17 and #34, respectively. Yet the single kept sales of the album steady and over time it would end up selling over 3 million copies.

ReduxReview:  This is a nice, easygoing track that was a perfect fit for AC. Pop didn't warm up to the tune and that was slightly surprising. I wouldn't have thought it a Top 10'er, but I figured it would do better than it did. It's a well-written tune with a lovely melody and laid back blue-eyed soul feel. However, by this point in the 80s soft rock tunes like this didn't necessarily attract the kids and that was reflected in it's slight Top 40 peak. It's a cozy and comfortable tune. It's the musical equivalent of a Snuggie.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song, which was co-written by Henley, Danny Kortchmar, and Benmont Tench, received a cover treatment in 1995 by superstar entertainer Cher. Sandwiched between her late 80s/early 90s comeback hit streak and her 1998 mega-hit "Believe," Cher recorded the rock-blues oriented LP It's a Man's World and a remake of this Henley tune was one of the tracks. The album, which had a Southern blues-rock feel, was first issued in Europe in 1995. It was very successful in the UK reaching #10 and going gold. When the album was prepped for US release in '96, three tracks were axed from the disc and several other tracks were remixed to give them a more modern R&B feel. This song was issued as a single in both countries. It missed the US chart completely, but did get to #31 in the UK. The only song from the album to chart in the US was "One By One," which got to #52 Pop, #9 AC, and #7 Dance. The song was a Top 10 hit in the UK getting to #7. The album tanked in the US reaching #64 and not even getting close to gold-level sales. It was disappointing after three consecutive gold or platinum albums. However, things would turn around in a big way once "Believe" hit the airwaves in '98.


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