13. HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH- Belinda Carlisle (#1, 1987, 1,007,000)
80s position: 28
With a bit of Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” thrown in for good measure, this Diane Warren song topped charts all over the world including here where it was a breakthrough solo hit for the former Go-go. The video incidentally features husband Morgan Mason, one of the Mamas & Papas on backing vocals, and was directed by Hollywood actress Diane Keaton- it was bound to be a hit. It took advantage of that January sales slump in 1988 and rose to the top for 2 weeks to become the first of three female chart toppers in a row for the first time in history. This has done very well in the digital age for some reason tripping over the million mark recently.
The intro of the 12" mix of Heaven Is A Place On Earth sounds like You Give Love A Bad Name!