History of Pat Benatar - We Belong
“For worse or for better ... We belong to each other,” Pat Benatar sang from the stage in 1984 ... The legendary “We Belong” brought the performer not only gold, but also triple popularity! The lyrics are about a woman stuck in a relationship... But she's too in love and attached to ruin everything.
Songwriting We Belong (Pat Benatar)
The lyrics were written by friends Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro, who are widely known as the duo Lowen & Navarro. In his interview, Dan decided to share his memories of the circumstances under which the most popular song in Pat Benatar's discography was written:
“... Then Eric and I recorded as a duo Lowen & Navarro, but things didn't go as smoothly as we would like... In addition to the studio, a family business fell on me, which I could not quit. As a result, my commitment to my and Eric's cause has waned markedly. And one day he said to me: "You have to go." Do you understand what happened? He was my best friend, and at the same time he kicked me out ... After that, we did not communicate for six weeks. During this time he did not write a single song! Throughout his life, he composed four compositions. I was one of the main authors in this group…”
“... And so he called me and said: “Let's meet and write a song. Let's get together just for this." I agreed because he was my friend. I tried to put aside my anger, pain ... It took us 90 minutes to make this song. And a year later - "We Belong" entered the top five! This song is that miracle that almost never happens!”
According to Navarro, in his song, he was "kind of lamenting an old relationship..."
“…It’s just that there are things that are bigger than both of you, and you belong to each other…”
Composition release and achievements
The single "We Belong" was released in 1984 as part of Pat Benatar's sixth studio album, Tropico. The song went #5 in the US and #3 on the Top Rock Tracks Billboard!
In the United Kingdom, the song peaked at number 22. This matched the success of "Love Is a Battlefield" - the most played song by Pat Benatar in Britain!
"We Belong" earned the singer a Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance"! The single was certified Gold in Canada for sales of over 50,000 units.
On the set of the video for "We Belong" Pat Benatar discovered that she was pregnant! The first daughter of the singer - Haley Giraldo - was born in February 1985!
The track was used in such famous films as Talladega Nights: A Ballad of Ricky Bobby, as well as in an episode of the TV series The Office. He gained a lot of popularity in 2018, after the release of the superhero movie Deadpool 2.
In 2019, the Pepsi brand used "We Belong" in their ad!
“... I am delighted, because this song remains relevant even after so many years! I'm watching a movie about Ricky Bobby and it says "We belong"! This is an extraordinary thing, very close to everyone…”