Bangles

Eternal Flame

Composed by Billy Steinberg / Susanna Hoffs / Tom Kelly

Song Review by

Although a masterful pop ballad, and extremely successful (it went Top Ten in 1988), "Eternal Flame" is somewhat removed from the Bangles' sound and vibe. In a way, it is a precursor to singer/co-writer Susanna Hoffs' solo career. Led by a gentle, lilting melody, the traditional melody seems ready-made for an artist such as Anita Baker or Whitney Houston. The song features a dramatic bridge that takes the song to a wonderfully emotional place, and adds to the overall dynamics of the piece. In the end, it doesn't fit the Bangles' catalog well, but it remains a minor pop standard.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Everything 1988 Cherry Pop 3:59
Larry Präsentiert 32 Sonnenhits Für Himmelsstürmer und Abgestürzte 1989
Various Artists
CBS Records 3:57
Greatest Hits 1990 CBS Records / Sony Music
No Image 1990
Various Artists
SBK Records / Foundation
Lite Rock 1991
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:58
Radio City Love Songs 1992
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:56
Now: 1989 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI
When a Man Loco Por La 1993
Various Artists
Alex 3:55
Starbox 1993 Alex 3:56
That Loving Feeling, Vol. 5 1993
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment
Keep on Loving You [Madacy] 1993
Various Artists
Madacy 3:57
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:57
Ladies of the 80's, Vol. 2 [Import] 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:53
No Image 1994
Various Artists
triple d records 3:46
Billboard Top Hits: 1985-1989 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
No Image 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Best Rock Ballads in the World...Ever 1995
Various Artists
Virgin 3:46
Love Album, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Virgin
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
The No. 1 Love Album 1996
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:56
Thinking About You: A Collection of Modern Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
Hip-O / HIPP 3:56
The Best of Woman to Woman 1996
Various Artists
Polygram
Definitive Collection 1997 Sony Music Distribution 3:55
All Over the Place/Different Light/Everything 1997 Sony Music Distribution 3:59
Hot Ladies of Pop 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:58
Mixed Emotions 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 3:42
Highway Rock: The One That You Love 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:54
Eternal Flame 1998 BMG International 3:56
Super Hits 1998 Legacy 3:54
Simply the Best 1998 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 3:55
Body Talk: Language of Love 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time/Life Music 3:57
Retro Night Romance 1998
Various Artists
WEA 3:56
The Very Best of the Love Album 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:53
Soft Love 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 5:45
Hits of 1989 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:57
Best of the Bangles 1999 Sony Music Distribution 3:59
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:56
Love Songs [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Chakras Dream 3:57
Woman [Polygram International] 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Kuschelrock, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:55
Soft Love, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:57
Love Songs: A Collection of Songs from the Heart 2000
Various Artists
Alliance Entertainment Corp. (AEC) / Sony Music Distribution 3:56
Legends of Music: Ladies of the 80s 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Legends of Music Collection 3:55
Modern Love Songs [Polygram] 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:55
Let It Rock 1989 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:56
Millennium of Pop 2000
Various Artists
Import 3:52
All for Love [Amherst] 2000
Various Artists
Amherst Records 3:57
Burning Hearts: Best Sad Songs for Your Soul 2000
Various Artists
Empire DisK / Polygram
Women & Song 2000
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:58
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Ö3 Greatest Hits, Vol. 10 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:54
Love Songs of the 80's [Sony] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:56
No Greater Love 2001
Various Artists
Global TV 3:55
Capital Gold Legends 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:56
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:55
45's: 45 Classic No. 1's 2001
Various Artists
BMG
The Ultimate Hits of the 80's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
Typisch Tachtig! 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:56
The Love Album: Classics 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:52
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:56
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:15
Different Light/Everything 2002 Sony Music Distribution 3:59
Love Songs [Sony Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:54
Unchained Melodies [Telstar TV] 2002
Various Artists
BMG
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:57
Something That You Said 2003 Capitol / EMI Music Distribution 3:49
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 3:50
Tear Off Our Own Head [Japan EP] 2003 Victor Records 3:52
Metal Ballads 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:55
On Your Radio [Box] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:50
Romance: The Most Loved Songs Ever 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: Chocolates & Champagne 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Now: Decades 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Essential Bangles 2004 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:58
Love Album 2003 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:55
World's Greatest Love Songs [2004] 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:57
Beautiful: 18 Timeless Songs 2004
Various Artists
BMG 3:53
Absolutely the Best of the 80's, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:56
Superballads: The Lady in Red 2004
Various Artists
Megaliner
Ultimate Love Songs: Vision of Love 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:58
Clasicos de los 80's 2005
Various Artists
Contrasena
Ballad Paradise 2005
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
National Trust: The Wedding Album 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:00
Kiss Me One More Time 2005
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd. 3:56
Ultimate Wedding Songs 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
Another Lost Decade: The '80s Romance 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:55
Glitter Years: Rarities & Gems 2005 BMG Special Products / Sony BMG 3:57
Sweet Memories [Sky] 2005
Various Artists
Sky Records 3:24
Ultimate Love [Disky] 2006
Various Artists
Music Club / Music Club Records / Musicclub
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Sony/CBS
Unforgettable Love Songs [Fuel 2000] 2006
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:57
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:56
We Are the '80s 2006 Columbia/Legacy 3:56
First of May 2006
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 3:56
No Image 2006
Various Artists
BMG
The Best of Love 2006
Various Artists
Apace 3:57
Soft Rock Ballads [EMI] 2006
Various Artists
EMI/Virgin TV
The Greatest Love Song Collection 2006
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:59
Forever Love [Columbia] 2007
Various Artists
Columbia / Sony BMG
Return to Bangleonia: Live in Concert 2007 Shout! Factory
Love Songs [Ar-Express] 2007
Various Artists
Ar-Express / Sony BMG 3:57
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:50
Manic Monday: The Best of the Bangles 2007 Music Club Deluxe 3:56
Absolute Hits: 80s Number 1s 2007
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:56
Top Hits of the 80's: Groovin' Hits 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
No Image 2007
Various Artists
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:55
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music
Just for Mum 2007
Various Artists
Platinum Entertainment 3:57
Hit Collection 2007 Sony BMG 3:55
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection: The Flame 2007
Various Artists
Rhino 3:55
No Image 2008 Flashback / SOI
Love and Affection 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Top of the Pops: 1989 2008
Various Artists
BBC Music / EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:55
100 Hits: No 1's 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sbm Records
Greatest Hits [Steel Box Collection] 2008 Sony Music Distribution 3:54
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
Playlist: The Very Best of the Bangles 2008 Playlist 3:56
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Love 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:54
Greatest 80's 2008
Various Artists
Apace 3:56
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:54
Gold Tin Box Collection: Greatest Love Songs 2008
Various Artists
sbc / Sony Music Entertainment 3:54
101 Power Ballads 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:53
Ultimate 80s Collection [Collectables] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:50
Top of the Pops: Eighties [2009] 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:54
Forever Friends: Thank You Mum 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:57
Walk Like an Egyptian: The Best of the Bangles 2009 Sony Music
The Pop Years: 1980-1981 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:54
Essential 80s: Classic Eighties 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:57
Die Ultimative Chartshow: Lovesongs der 80er 2009
Various Artists
Polystar (Japan)
100 Hits: 80's Love 2009
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG 100 3:50
True Love Songs [EMI] 2009
Various Artists
Virgin 3:53
The Best Year of My Life: 1989 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
Magic Ballads 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Commercial Canada 3:54
The Pop Years: The 80s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:54
Greatest Ever! Love: The Definitive Collection 2010
Various Artists
Union Square 3:55
Love Songs [Sony 2010] 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:56
Ministry of Sound: Guilty Pleasures 2011
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:56
Easy 80s 2011
Various Artists
Time Life / Time/Life Music 3:56
I Love Maman 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:54
Easy 80s: Lost in Love 2011
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:56
Voices: The Greatest Voices of All Time 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:56
Greatest Ever!: Soft Rock: The Definitive Collection 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:54
All Time Love 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:57
'80s Love [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:56
100 Essential Tracks: Love Songs
Various Artists
Sony Music
1989: A Time to Remember the Classic Years
Various Artists
The CD Card Company / Sony BMG 3:57
A  Royal Romance
Various Artists
Union Square Music / USM Media 3:57
No Image
Various Artists
Eva 3:55
Always & Forever
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:55
Essential: 80s Love
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:58
Fine Time Winter Love Songs
Various Artists
WEA
Love Always
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 3:57
Love: A Collection of Everlasting Love Songs
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:40
On Your 80's Radio
Various Artists
Columbia 3:50
Rock Ballads: Ultimate Collection
Various Artists
Ultimate
Slows [Disc 4]
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Songs for Lovers [Metro]
Various Artists
Metro
The  Hits Album '89
Various Artists
Arcade Music
The  Power of Love [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:55
The Best of School Disco.com: 10th Anniversary
Various Artists
EMI TV 3:55
No Image
Various Artists
Columbia
Time to Say Goodbye 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Ultimate Girl Groups [Goldmine]
Various Artists
Very Best of All Woman
Various Artists
Phantom Records (England)
Vol. 1-Capital Gold Legends
Various Artists
Virgin
Warm Aanbevolen Uit 25 Jaar Top 40
Various Artists
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