Owner of a Lonely Heart (5:48)

Cover of Highlights - The Very Best of Yes

From Highlights - The Very Best of Yes and 252 other releases

“Owner of a Lonely Heart” is a song by the progressive rock band Yes. It is the opening track of their 1983 album 90125. Written primarily by Trevor Rabin (who was new to the band at the time), the song reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 — to date Yes’ biggest chart success by far. Since then, it has seen many releases; the original release had Our Song as the b-side, while others had various b-sides such as Leave It, Make It Easy, and remixes of this song.

Standout features of the song include the catchy, heavily distorted introductory guitar riff, which establishes a motif for the song; producer Trevor Horn’s innovative use of jarring, heavily synchopated orchestra hits and other high-tech sound effects; Rabin’s disorienting, schizophrenic guitar solo, which was played through an MXR Pitch Transposer, which mixed the original note with one a perfect fifth higher.

“Owner of a Lonely Heart” has been remixed several times, most notably by Max Graham in April 2005; his version reached number nine in the UK Singles Chart and the music video is still popular. 808 State also did remixes (‘2 Close To the Edge Mix’ and ‘Not Fragile Mix’). and Kyper used riffs of the song in his own song “Tic-Tac-Toe”. The title is also covered by 2 Ruff in year 1998. The song is also covered by Colin Blunstone, backed by an orchestra. Yet another remix was done in 2004 by Deep Dish.

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  • sharv11

    Just wonderful, & timeless : )

    16 Jul 1:19am Reply
  • fajalobie62

    This song is such a great song it never get bored love it ;-) <333

    15 Jul 9:50pm Reply
  • marjo47

    I don`think so, this is a great sound , check up with your docter.

    22 Jun 4:25pm Reply
  • GregIrcink

    Wouldn't this sound better on an AM station?

    15 May 2:08pm Reply
  • Hagen61

    but their best track was from 1977 "Going for the one"

    11 Apr 8:58pm Reply
  • melomane85

    Classic !! but for me not the best from Yes

    11 Apr 5:04pm Reply
  • jcjohnson63

    pretty funky for a bunch of white Englsih proggy guys! from the only great album they made!

    4 Apr 2:34pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    the # of scrobbles the wonderous, timeless, eternal music yes created between 1971 and 1977 is dwarfed by this fun but ordinary earworm. very sad (3)

    7 Mar 6:37am Reply
  • mchugho

    Great lyrics, great groove and great effects. Why can't people like arty prog Yes and catchy pop Yes at the same time?

    4 Mar 4:55pm Reply
  • sharv11

    <3

    3 Feb 10:54pm Reply
  • Natanaelbp

    Owner of a lonely heart Much better than a Owner of a broken heart ♪

    24 Jan 3:14am Reply
  • IgIanBarrett

    Perfection

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    the # of scrobbles the wonderous, timeless, eternal music yes created between 1971 and 1977 is dwarfed by this fun but ordinary earworm. very sad (2)

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • soleastbetty

    Was dancing to this in 1983 at Lowry AFB Denver Co.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • aTacoNazi

    the # of scrobbles the wonderous, timeless, eternal music yes created between 1971 and 1977 is dwarfed by this fun but ordinary earworm. very sad

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    And the man in this band has a son who hangs with the yobs on my street

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • maotti64

    Well said marjo :)

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    Nevermind TylerSymes you wil appriciate this music later on in life. This is how it go`s.

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Isn't that bad but highly overrated by the public.

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • csrog69

    Great album too....

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
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