This week, Bryan Adams' ballad "Heaven" has finally hit the top of the charts--more than a year after it was first released as the featured single from the soundtrack of "A Night in Heaven."
Although "Heaven" received substantial airplay on album-oriented rock stations, it never caught on with the pop and adult contemporary listeners who greatly influence the Top 40 charts. Part of the problem was that "A Night in Heaven," which starred heartthrob Christopher Atkins, was a box office bomb.
Perhaps a bigger factor was that at the time "Heaven" was first released--in late 1983--pop radio stations had jumped on the "new music" bandwagon, and weren't very interested in playing a love ballad with a traditional rock beat. But all that had changed by early 1985, when straightforward rock ballads had become one of the hottest sounds on the charts.