Monday, August 07, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 8/7/17 - Elton John's "You Gotta Love Someone"...

"You Gotta Love Someone" - Elton John
from the albums To Be Continued...(US), The Very Best Of Elton John (UK), and Days Of Thunder (Original Soundtrack) (all 1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #43

This week's "robbed hit" comes from Elton John, whose last studio album of the 1980's, Sleeping With The Past, scored him a trio of pop top-40 hits in America with "Healing Hands", "Sacrifice" (his first British solo #1), and "Club At The End Of The Street". He recapped his massively successful career in the U.S. with a four-disc "box set" retrospective To Be Continued..., while internationally a two-CD best-of was released. On both of them, he included a new song that he contributed to the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise car-racing film Days Of Thunder, "You Gotta Love Someone". Written by Elton with long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin, the ballad was a by-the-numbers inspirational song...


"You Gotta Love Someone" was a huge hit on Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio, spending five weeks at #1 on that format chart in Billboard magazine. However, the single stalled right under the top-40 in the U.S. at #43 in January of 1991. Internationally, the record went to #1 for a week in Canada, and reached the top-40 in Ireland (#16), the Netherlands (#26), New Zealand (#27), Belgium (#29), Australia (#32), and Elton's native Britain (#33).

Also on the Days Of Thunder soundtrack was former Lone Justice lead singer Maria McKee with "Show Me Heaven", which topped the British singles chart, and Chicago's "Hearts In Trouble", which was a minor pop hit in America at #75.  Also, an early version of Guns N' Roses' cover of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" appears. Another new Elton John song on the box and double hit sets, "Easier To Walk Away", was a minor British hit at #63.

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Here's Elton appearing on Spanish TV to promote the single...

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