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Listen to Your Heart (Roxette): The Story of a Ballad (1988)

“Once at the New York airport, a customs representative asked me who I was by profession. I replied that I write songs. Then he asked, “Really? Did you write anything that I heard? And I answered: “Yes. You are listening to it right now!” At that very moment, “Listen To Your Heart” started playing at the airport...”

"Listen to your heart": How was the main hit of the Roxette duo created?

In 2002, Marie Fredriksson was diagnosed with a terrible brain tumor. Soon the singer was successfully operated on. And everything seemed to be fine. But... in 2015, Marie's health problems began again... The singer admitted that she had memory problems, and sometimes it was difficult for her to move around... Because of this, Roxette canceled their tour in honor of the band's 30th anniversary.

Duet Roxette
Duet Roxette

Marie Fredriksson was the youngest child in the family. Often the girl was left to herself. From a young age, she occupied herself with music and theatrical performances, inspired by the work of Deep Purple, The Beatles and others - now legends of their genre. So, the passion for music brought Marie to her first producer! A successful solo career began, after which - a career in Roxette.

Marie Fredrickson. One of the last photos of the singer...
Marie Fredrickson. One of the last photos of the singer ...

In December 2019, Marie Fredriksson passed away. The death of the singer was a great tragedy for millions of people around the world ... But Marie left us all a wonderful legacy in the form of music! One of Roxette's masterpieces will be discussed today. We offer to recall the history of the creation of the main hit of the duet! This, of course, is about the romanticized “Listen to Your Heart”…

The history of creation and the meaning of the song ...

"Listen to Your Heart" was released as Roxette's third single from Look Sharp! The romanticized and at the same time explosive composition quickly won the hearts of listeners around the world! In November 1989, the single reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Album's cover
Album's cover

Delicate and creepy, the ballad left few people indifferent in the distant 90s ... And today, after so many years, it remains relevant among modern listeners! Her heartfelt lyrics instantly turned the heads of many lovers ... And just those who appreciate great music!

Here is what the members of Roxette have to say about their masterpiece!

Per Gessle: “This is a Big Bad Ballad… At that time we were wondering how far we could go… What we could do that would be printed on the pages of world music… And we could not even imagine that this song would become a worldwide hit! When "Listen to Your Heart" broke into the Billboard Hot 100, we suddenly found ourselves on the list next to other popular bands and artists! But that was not our intention at all… We just wanted to create something that would resonate in the hearts of many people…”

The legendary duet, whose music will forever remain in the hearts of millions of listeners...
A legendary duet whose music will forever remain in the hearts of millions of listeners...

Marie Fredriksson: "This song sounds a bit old-fashioned today... But it was our second big hit in the US!"

Music video

Soon, an amazing video was shot for “Listen to Your Heart” ... And yes: the shooting took place in the real Borgholm castle, on the Swedish island of Öland (Baltic Sea)!

Per Gessle: “It took a while for us to believe that this castle is real! Everyone thought that we erected the ruins specifically for the video ... "

Interesting Facts

Despite the overwhelming success, the composition has never been released on vinyl ... Only on good old cassettes!

The most curious fact, or rather, history, is an excerpt from an interview with Per Gessle! When asked if he listened to his own works in any unusual situations, Gessle replied:

“Once at the New York airport, a customs representative asked me who I was by profession. I replied that I write songs. Then he asked, “Really? Did you write anything that I heard? And I answered: “Yes. You are listening to it right now!” At that very moment, “Listen To Your Heart” began to play at the airport ... "

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