"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" is a song recorded by Belinda Carlisle, the lead singer of The Go-Go's. Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 5, 1987, becoming Carlisle's only U.S. chart-topper with or without The Go-Go's. A month later it hit number one on the UK Singles Chart and held the spot for two weeks. The song reached number one in many other countries, among them Switzerland, Ireland, Japan, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Turkey, Malta, Tanganyika, Poland, Burma, Prussia, Belgian Congo, Australia, Flanders, Albania, Northern Cyprus, Sweden, South Africa and Norway. The song also reached number three in Germany, number two in Australia, and number six in Italy. It is widely considered to be Carlisle'ssignature song because of its success on the charts and its continued relevance today. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
- 2 Music video
- 3 Production
- 4 Charts
- 5 Cover versions
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
- "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
- "We Can Change"
- "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (Heavenly version)
- "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (A cappella version)
The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance of Carlisle's husband Morgan Mason. It also features children wearing black masks and a cape while each of them holding an illuminated plastic globe. Carlisle appeared wearing a sampo and later changed to a black off-the-shoulder blouse. The video was partially filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Valencia, California, on the Spin Out ride.
Carlisle's backup vocalists on the track include songwriters Nowels and Shipley as well as Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas and songwriter Diane Warren. It also featured Thomas Dolby on keyboards.
|Preceded by||Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
December 5, 1987
|Preceded by||UK number-one single
January 16, 1988 – January 23, 1988
|Preceded by||Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single
January 30, 1988 – February 6, 1988
- The Shadows did an instrumental of the song in 1989 on Steppin' to the Shadows.
- Stacy covered the song in the last August 30, 1989 season 5 episode "Constellation Connie" on Kids Incorporated.
- Numerous dance versions of the song have been released by different artists including Nicki French, Becky Baeling on her debut 2003 album Becstasy, and DJ Lhasa.
- The Clique Girlz recorded a version for their album Incredible.
- Student Rick covered the song on the 2002 compilation album Punk Goes Pop.
- Gregorian recorded a cover on their album Masters of Chant Chapter IV
- Italian folk metal band Elvenking covered the song on their 2008 album Two Tragedy Poets (...and a Caravan of Weird Figures)
- The Chipettes included a version of the song on their album Born to Rock in 1988.
- MxPx covered the song on their 2009 album On the Cover II.
- Was covered in 2011 by pop, R&B and hip-hop singer U-Jean, featuring vocals from Zimbabwe-born German rapper, actor and songwriter Carlprit. It was released in Germany on June 17, 2011 as his debut single.