"I Want You So Bad" - Heart
from the album Bad Animals (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #49
This week's "robbed hit" comes from the rock band Heart, whose third album after transforming into a mainstream/pop-ish hitmaking machine, Bad Animals, had already produced a #1 hit in "Alone", and two worthy follow-ups with "Who Will You Run To" (#7) and "There's The Girl" (#12). For the fourth single from the record, they went again with the team who wrote "Alone", Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. "I Want You So Bad" was a mid-tempo burner that had the production that fellow vet groups like Foreigner and such were using, but with Ann singing about a man she longs for from a distance, and though the words are short, she can really sell the emotion, especially in her cry before the chorus...
"I Want You So Bad" probably didn't do as well on the charts as they expected, reaching the midway point on the Hot 100 pop chart in America in March of 1988. It surprisingly missed both the rock and adult contemporary charts as well, even though the sound of the record fits perfectly with the times. And it only nicked the Canadian singles chart at #88.
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...and here's the audio of Heart performing "I Want You So Bad" live touring behind the album in 1988...