Heaven – Warrant | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#2) & Mainstream Rock (#3); 1989

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Guitarist Erik Turner and bassist Jerry Dixon formed Warrant in 1984, however, before the band could even get off the ground, its lead singer and drummer bailed out. They were replaced respectively by Jani Lane and Steven Sweet from Plain Jane. When axe-wielding Joey Allen signed on in March of 1987 and the new lineup broke the attendance record at Gazarri’s in LA, Warrant was ready for fame and fortune. In early ’88, Warrant scored a spot on the soundtrack to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. A year later they debuted with Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich. Rock radio quickly picked up on the lead-off single, Down Boys, and spun it to #13. Although Down Boys also crossed over to #27 at Top 40, it was Warrant’s next single that broke them nationally. Heaven was already an in-person crowd pleaser and reportedly helped convince the label honchos to sign Warrant. It now won over radio and MTV. In September of 1989, Heaven hit the Hot 100 heights at #2.

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Produced by:

  • Beau Hill

Lyrics Written by:

  • Jani Lane