"Alone" is a song composed by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. It first appeared on via Steinberg and Kelly's pet project, 1983's I-Ten, Taking a Cold Look. It was later recorded by John Stamos in his role as Gino Minelli, on the original soundtrack of the CBS sitcom Dreams in 1984. American rock band Heart made it a number one US and Canadian hit in 1987. Twenty years later, Céline Dion recorded it for her album Taking Chances.
The song was given to Heart and released as the first single from their ninth studio album Bad Animals. Heart's version is a power ballad that begins with a piano line and a subdued vocal from Ann Wilson, only to build to a dramatic love song. According to a Songfacts interview with Steinberg, Kelly, who was an experienced session singer, sung high harmony parts on the record. "Alone" is Heart's biggest hit, spending three weeks at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and ranking number 2 on the Billboard Year-End Top Pop Singles of 1987. It is also their most successful single in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.The song's popular video featured the band in a synched live performance. An "unplugged" version of the song later appeared on Heart's 1995 album The Road Home.
|Canadian Hot 100||57|
|UK Singles Chart||85|
|US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles||24|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs||81|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||86|
|Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart||7|
|Swedish Singles Chart||52|
An extended version of "Alone", clocking in at 5:45, was mixed and released as an additional track to the Japanese CD single release of Heart's third single from "Bad Animals", "There's the Girl". Much sought after and extremely hard to find, this is the only known available format for this version.
Céline Dion covered "Alone" for her 2007 album Taking Chances. It was released as the second single in Europe and North America, and third in the United Kingdom. "Eyes on Me" was released as the second single in the United Kingdom instead.
Dion performed it in various TV shows, during her promotional tour for the Taking Chances album, in November and December 2007. Because of that and due to music download sales, the song debuted in November 2007 at number 85 on the UK Singles Chart. For the same reason, after selling 12,535 copies, it entered the U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at number 24 and Canadian Hot 100 at number 57.
The song premiered on other European radio stations in January 2008. Céline Dion promoted "Alone" at that time in France, performing it on Star Academy. In France, the song was released simultaneously with "A cause," featured on D'elles. "Alone" was also serviced to radio at the end of March in Canada and in mid-April in the United States.
The digital single release in the UK on May 5, 2008 was coincided with the British leg of the Taking Chances Tour.
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