Tuesday, August 18, 2020

"Who Will You Run To" by Heart

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3230
Date:  08/15/1987
Debut:  64
Peak:  7
Weeks:  22
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Heart's album Bad Animals kicked off with the big #1 power ballad "Alone." It was the second #1 of their career. For a follow-up, the band chose to release this charging rock tune. It would nearly top the Rock chart getting to #2 while becoming their eighth Pop Top 10. The album had already peaked at #2 and been certified platinum, but sales continued thanks to this song and in October of '87 it would reach double-platinum status.

ReduxReview:  This was a crunchy mainstream rock track with a big, hooky chorus and terrific production by Ron Nevison. Weirdly, this could have been a good song for Starship with Grace Slick handling vocals. Alas, they ended up with another Warren song (see below) that gave them a major hit. However, I don't think it would have been as powerful of a track from Starship. Heart had the goods to really rock it out and take what was basically a pop song and turn it into an arena-ready track. While it wasn't reflective of the Heart of yore, it was another solid effort from the 80s glam era of the band.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Like their previous single, this song was not written by the band. This track was composed by Diane Warren and it got added to her growing list of hits. This was her fourth Pop Top 10 hit as a songwriter. Earlier in '87, one of those songs also became her first Pop #1, "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship.


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