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Roxette - Listen To Your Heart (1988)

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“Listen to Your Heart” is a song by Swedish pop music duo Roxette, which was originally released in Sweden in ...

“Listen to Your Heart” is a song by Swedish pop music duo Roxette, which was originally released in Sweden in September 1988 as the second single from the duo’s second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988). It was written by Per Gessle with former Gyllene Tider guitarist Mats “M.P.” Persson. The song went on to become one of the most successful singles of 1989, reaching number one in both the United States and Canada around November 1989. The track was the first song to reach number one in the US without a commercially-released 7″ single.

“Listen to Your Heart” originally peaked at number 62 in the UK when it was released there in October 1989. However, following the success of “It Must Have Been Love”, the track was reissued as a double A-side with “Dangerous” in August 1990, upon which it reached a chart peak of number six on the UK Singles Chart. In 2005, Belgian trance act DHT released a remixed version of the song, which became a top 10 hit in numerous territories, including France, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.

Music video

Doug Freel directed the song’s music video, which was filmed during a live performance at the Borgholm Castle ruin on the Swedish Baltic Sea island of Öland. Freel and the video’s production crew believed the ruin to have been created especially for the video. Gessle said: “It took some time to convince them that the place actually was for real.”

The song has been performed on all of Roxette’s concert tours. On the Look Sharp! Live Tour and Join the Joyride! Tour, it was performed in its original, power ballad style, although it has been performed in an acoustic version on all tours since the Crash! Boom! Bang! Tour in 1994.

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