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Heaven Is a Place on Earth

"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.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"
  2. "We Can Change"
  3. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (Heavenly version)
  4. "Heaven Is a Place on Earth" (A cappella version)

Music video[edit]Edit

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.


Chart (1987/88) Peak


Australia (ARIA)[2] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 3
Canadian Adult Contemporary (RPM)[5] 5
Canadian Top Singles (RPM)[6] 3
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[7] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 1
Italy (FIMI)[10] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[14] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 1
US BillboardHot 100[18] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[19] 7

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

End of year chart (1988) Position
Australian Singles Chart[20] 11
Dutch Singles Chart[21] 81
German Singles Chart[22] 31
Italian Singles Chart[23] 31
Swiss Singles Chart[24] 8
UK Singles Chart[25] 17
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 7

Sales and certifications[edit]Edit

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[27] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Silver 250,000^

  • sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Chart successions[edit]Edit

Preceded by

"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley andJennifer Warnes

Billboard Hot 100 number-one single

December 5, 1987

Succeeded by

"Faith" by George Michael

Preceded by

"Always on My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys

UK number-one single

January 16, 1988 – January 23, 1988

Succeeded by

"I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany

Preceded by

"Always on My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys

Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single

January 30, 1988 – February 6, 1988

Succeeded by

"Always on My Mind" by Pet Shop Boys

Cover versions[edit]Edit

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