from the album Steel Wheels (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #50
This week's "robbed hit" comes from the Rolling Stones, who in the 80s were still on top of the world with record-breaking tours and platinum-selling albums like their 1989 set Steel Wheels, which spun off two top-40 pop hits with "Mixed Emotions" and "Rock and a Hard Place". The third single from the record was the low-key passion of "Almost Hear You Sigh". Written by the "Glimmer Twins" (Mick Jagger and Keith Richards) along with journeyman drummer Steve Jordan, the song was their first in a long while (probably since "Waiting On A Friend") that didn't seem angry or attitudinal...
While "Almost Hear You Sigh" became the third consecutive #1 rock radio hit from Steel Wheels, it stopped right at the halfway mark on the American pop Hot 100 in March of 1990. In their native UK, it actually was the highest-charting single from the album, peaking at #31, while also reaching the top-40 in the Netherlands (#11) and Belgium (#27). It was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Duo/Group Performance, losing out to Aerosmith's "Janie's Got A Gun".
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