The late ’80s brought a pop ballad to the charts in the holiday season: Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle.
The first single from Carlisle’s second solo album, Heaven on Earth, the song was released in September 1987.
Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, the album was a collaboration with Carlisle.
The duo also worked on her previous album, Belinda, her first solo album after the break-up of The Go Gos.
The ballad is a typical lament of a one to another to be together, with the distinctive pop hooks of the decade. Diane Warren and Michelle Phillips were both back-up vocalists on the song, while Thomas Dolby played keyboards on the track.
The music video that accompanied the song was directed by actress Diane Keaton, featuring Carlisle in close-ups dancing and looking lovingly into the camera while interspersed with young masked dancers holding globes.
The song climbed the Billboard Hot 100 charts, hitting the number spot in the first week of December. The song was also number one in the UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand, Ireland and on the European charts.
This was the only number one hit for Carlisle, and she was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the song at the 1988 Grammy Awards.