The song “Listen to Your Heart” is a pop song by Swedish pop duo Roxette. It was released as the second single from Roxette’s second album Look Sharp! in Sweden in September 1988. (1988). Per Gessle wrote it with former Gyllene Tider guitarist Mats “M.P.” Persson. Around November 1989, the song reached number one in the United States and Canada, becoming one of the biggest singles of 1989. It was the first single to reach number one in the US without being released as a 7-inch single.
Originally released in November 1989, “Listen to Your Heart” reached number 62 in the UK. As a result of the success of “It Must Have Been Love”, the track was reissued in August 1990 as a double A-side with “Dangerous,” reaching a peak of number six on the UK Singles Chart. DHT remixed the song in 2005, which went on to become a top 10 hit in many countries, including France, the Netherlands, the UK and the US.
Arrangement and style
On Roxette’s 1995 greatest hits compilation “Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!” Per Gessle called “Listen to Your Heart” “The Big Bad Ballad.”. Almost to the point of absurdity, we are attempting to recreate that overblown American FM-rock sound. The goal was to see how far we could take it. Gessle was inspired by a close friend who was stuck between an old relationship and a new love. He called him up in the middle of the night after a few too many glasses of champagne, saying, “Hey, you’re number one in the States.” According to Ultimate Guitar, the track has a moderately slow tempo of 86 beats per minute, which makes it an alternative rock ballad.
Criticism of reception
Bryan Buss of AllMusic said the song is “bland” and “overproduced.” in his review of “Look Sharp!”. In the words of Music & Media magazine, “This semi-ballad has all the ingredients to become a major worldwide hit.”. This time it seems that the Swedes have beaten the Americans at their own game.” David Giles from Music Week once described it as “another big hit” adding that “as far as this single is concerned, it made history by becoming the first cassette single to reach number one.”
Daria’s cover of “Listen To Your Heart”, which is the third song she and her boyfriend Sergey have covered together, was sung on a sofa. Daria’s cover here shows her beautiful voice and great singing ability more than many others. Among most of the new covers, especially those in which Daria has performed strong vocals, the focus tends to be on the visuals rather than the singing. In my opinion, these quieter songs are more appealing because they let their amazing voice shine through.
Would you mind sharing your thoughts on Daria and Sergey’s third cover?
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