from the album Runaway Horses (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10
Today's song of the day comes from Belinda Carlisle, whose second album after leaving the Go-Go's, Heaven On Earth, was wildly popular, scoring her three top-10 pop hits in the US with "Circle In The Sand", "I Get Weak", and the titular "Heaven Is A Place On Earth". (A fourth single, a cover of Cream's "I Feel Free", was a minor hit in America at #88, while another track from the album, "World Without You", became a top-40 hit in the UK and Ireland.) She also guested on a British top-40 hit from alt-rock band Then Jerico, "What Does It Take" (#33, UK). After a successful world tour, Belinda released her third solo album Runaway Horses in 1989. The first single from the record was "Leave A Light On", written by producer Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, the pair that penned "Heaven..." and "Circle...". And George Harrison of the Beatles steps in to play guitar...
Belinda Carlisle - Leave a Light On by hushhush112
While "Leave A Light On" climbed to #8 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, the song stopped one notch short of the pop top 10 in December of 1989. Internationally, the song was a much bigger hit, landing in the top 10 in the UK (#4), Ireland (#4), Italy (#4), Austria (#4), Australia (#5), Canada (#6), the Netherlands (#7), Switzerland (#8), and Sweden (#8).
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Here's Belinda performing the song on Letterman in 1989...
..and again on tour behind the album in 1990 in England...
Up tomorrow: An exotic drink to wash down your turkey with, courtesy of this crazy rapper.