The Heat Is On (3:45)

Cover of Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary Memorable Songs

From Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary Memorable Songs and 60 other releases

According to the The Heat is On Songfacts it was decided a popular artist was needed to sing this song. The Beverly Hills Cop soundrack album was on MCA Records, which Glenn Frey recently signed with. MCA asked several of their male rock singers to audition for the lead vocal for the song. At first Frey thought this wasn’t something “rock stars” did, but he decided to go along, just for fun, never thinking they’d pick him. Co-writer Harold Faltermeyer was impressed by Frey’s vocal (the instrumental tracks were already recorded) and shocked Frey by using his version. It was Frey’s biggest solo hit.

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The heat is on, on the street
Inside your head, on every beat
And the beat's so loud, deep inside
The pressure's high, just to stay alive

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics

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