Yes

Owner of a Lonely Heart

Composed by Chris Squire / Jon Anderson / Trevor Horn / Trevor Rabin

Song Review by

If the late 1970s caught Yes flirting with the musical looseness and aggressions unleashed by the punk explosion ("Going For The One" and "Don't Kill The Whale" are scarcely recognizable as the band that once told Tales From Topographic Oceans, the early 1980s found them honing in on even newer disciplines, as they overcame a crop of crippling personnel disruptions and allowed producer Trevor Horne to lead them into the promised land of the synthipop boom.

Written by newly recruited guitarist Trevor Rabin, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" was, in fact, one of the four songs he handed to Chris Squire when first approached to form a new, decidedly non-Yes-styled, band with the bassist. Of course, that project (dubbed Cinerama) quickly became a reborn Yes, and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" itself is, according to which side of the fence you sit, either the ultimate betrayal of the classic Yes sound, or an absolutely rejuvenated band getting to grips with everything the new age could throw at them.

In fairness, it is Horne's production that offers the record its most instantly identifiable flavour (what would one give to hear an earlier version of the band play the song, before the machines kicked into play!), but that is also a major part of its charm. Besides, one cannot argue with its success - Yes' first #1 single, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" remains an entire generation's first exposure to a band that might otherwise have passed them by completely.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
90125 1983
Yes
Reprise 4:27
No Image 1983
Yes
Atco
No Image 1984
Yes
Billboard Top Hits: 1984 1984
Various Artists
Rhino 3:52
9012Live 1985
Yes
Image Entertainment
Superstars in Digital 1985
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:27
Popdreams & Rocktracks: The Earthquake Album 1990
Various Artists
Armenian Music Center 4:27
Yesyears 1991
Yes
Atlantic 4:27
Owner of a Lonely Heart 1991
Yes
Arista 5:24
Yesyears: A Retrospective 1992
Yes
WEA International
Highlights: The Very Best of Yes 1993
Yes
Elektra / Rhino 4:30
Masterpieces 1993
Various Artists
WEA 4:28
Rare Rock Mixes 1994
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 7:47
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:52
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:25
Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:50
Ultimate Rock 'N' Roll Collection [EMI] 1996
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Easyriders, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:29
Essential 80's: 1980-1984 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:27
Classic Rock: 80's 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:28
Whole Lotta Rock: 1982-1983 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 4:28
Everybody Dance: Remixed Dance Classics 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 5:42
De Pre Historie: De Jaren 80, Vol. 2 (1983) 1998
Various Artists
Eva 4:27
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1984 1999
Various Artists
Rebound Records / Universal Distribution 4:26
Best Of Superstars, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
WEA International 4:24
Monsters of Rock, Vol. 2 [Razor & Tie] 2000
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:28
Heartbreak of Rock 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 4:26
House of Yes: Live From House of Blues [Video/DVD] 2000
Yes
Eagle Eye Media
House of Yes: Live From House of Blues 2000
Yes
Music on Vinyl 6:04
VH1: The Big 80's Arena Rock 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:28
Electric [Insight] 2000
Various Artists
Insight (3)
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Special Product / MCA
The 80's, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:23
Best Long Versions Ever, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Symphonic Live [DVD/Blu-Ray] 2002
Yes
Eagle Rock
Yestoday 2002
Yes
Snapper
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:51
In a Word 2002
Yes
Elektra / Rhino 4:28
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Vol. 4: Flash FM 2002
Original Game Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 4:23
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Greatest Hits 2002
Original Game Soundtrack
Epic / Sony Music Distribution 4:24
Rock Classics: The Heavyweights 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 4:27
Singers And Songwriters: 1980-1986 2002
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
80's 12 Inch Singles Collection 2003
Various Artists
Japanese Import 7:51
All the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Music
Roundabout: Best of Yes Live 2003
Yes
Music Club Records 5:56
Billboard #1 Hits of the '80s 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:50
80's Pop Music for Dummies 2003
Various Artists
Superb Records 3:51
Symphonic Live 2003
Yes
Eagle Rock 5:48
Ultimate 80s [Madacy] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:28
Billboard #1s: The '80s 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 3:50
Guitar Rock: Awesome 80's 2004
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 3:51
Disco Fever Best 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Topography: The Yes Anthology 2004
Yes
Metro Doubles 6:01
Best Hits 2004
Various Artists
WEA
Owner of a Lonely Heart [Membran] 2004
Yes
Membran 6:00
Yes [Prism Leisure] 2004
Yes
Prism Entertainment 5:54
Songs from Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert [Video] 2004
Yes
Image Entertainment
Produced by Trevor Horn 2005
Various Artists
ZTT 4:26
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:25
Drive Time [Universal/WB] 2005
Various Artists
WEA/Warner Special Marketing 4:24
Then: Totally Oldies - Classic Rock 2005
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varèse Sarabande 4:31
Greatest Video Hits [DVD] 2005
Yes
Rhino
Headbanger's Bible: 45 of the Biggest Headbangers 2005
Various Artists
WEA International 4:27
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 80's  Rock's Greatest Hits 2005
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:49
Ultimate 16: Retro '80s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:51
Ultimate Hits: Ultimate 80's 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 4:28
The Best of the 80s [Madacy Box Set] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:51
Rock Box [Member] 2006
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution / Member
Owner of a Lonely Heart 2006
Yes
MSI Music Distribution / Membran/Noble Price / NOBLE PRIC
Pure '80s: #1s 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:27
The Best Pub Album 2006
Various Artists
MSI Music Distribution / Gut / Gut-Active 4:27
Greatest Hits Live 2006
Yes
Laserlight 5:58
R35: Rock & Pops Super Hits 2006
Various Artists
WEA 4:26
Yesstories: Group & Solo Tales 2006
Yes
Music Club Deluxe 5:53
Superstar of the 80s 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:50
Chick Flicks: The Collection 2006
Various Artists
Warner Music TV 4:23
The Definitive Rock Collection 2007
Yes
Rhino 4:27
Hits & More from the Yes Family 2007
Yes
Music Sessions / Weton 5:53
Soft Rock Anthems [Crimson] 2007
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:26
Yes: The Platinum Collection 2007
Yes
Platinum C / Weton
100 Hits: 80s 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group 4:26
Classic Rock Number 1s 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:27
100 Hits: Rock 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits
#1 Classic Hits of the 80s 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:50
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:51
Top Hits of the 80s: Biggest Hits 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 3:49
The Best of Yes: 1970-1987 2007
Yes
WEA
World's Best Dad [2007] 2007
Various Artists
Bmg Tv 4:28
The Power of Love: 60 Powerful Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:24
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
American Heartbeat: A Pulsating 80's Rock Collection 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:27
101 Driving Songs 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 4:25
Die Ultimative Chartshow: Rock Classics 2008
Various Artists
Polystar (Japan) 4:29
Driving Anthems 2008
Various Artists
WEA International 4:26
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Eva
SWR 1 Sommer Rock 2008
Various Artists
EMM 4:25
Ultimate 80s Collection [Collectables] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 3:51
Yes [Orange Collection] 2008
Yes
Orange Records / Weton-Wesgram 5:55
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Smash Hits 1983 2009
Various Artists
Rhino
Vox Pops Presents 1980s 2009
Various Artists
WEA International
Ultimate Collection: Dad 2009
Various Artists
Ultimate 4:18
Rock Anthems [Universal 2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI TV / Universal Music TV 4:28
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes 2011
Yes
Music Club Deluxe 4:26
Live on Air 2011
Yes
Blueline / IMV Blueline / XXL Media 4:57
In the Present: Live from Lyon 2011
Yes
Frontiers Records
Greatest Ever!: Soft Rock: The Definitive Collection 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 4:26
Classic Rock: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 4:27
'80s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 4:29
Original Album Series 2013
Yes
Rhino / Rhino Flashback / Warner Bros. 4:30
The Studio Albums 1969-1987 2013
Yes
Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 4:28
Rock Ballads: The Collection 2014
Various Artists
Rhino 4:27
Absolute 80's [Warner] 2014
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:26
The Very Best of Yes 2014
Yes
Blueline / Import / IMV
Songs From Tsongas: The 35th Anniversary Concert 2014
Yes
Eagle Records / Eagle Rock 4:37
Totally Awesome '80s 2015
Various Artists
Somerset 4:28
Stars 80: La Compil' Officielle, Vol. 2 2015
Various Artists
TF1 Musique
No Image
Various Artists
Allegro / Allegro Corporation / Rolling Stone
100 Hits: Dad
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG 100 4:26
100 Hits: Electric Eighties
Various Artists
Demon 4:24
100% Rock Guitar Anthems [Mood Media]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 4:27
101 Most Beloved Pop Masterpieces
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 4:28
80's Top 40 Hits
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:27
Awesome 80s Hits: 15 Original Hits of the 80s
Various Artists
Green Hill / Green Hill Music 4:29
Awesome Rock
Various Artists
Rhino 4:29
Back to the Old School 2 (Singapore)
Various Artists
WM 4:27
Just Can't Get Enough: Video Hits of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino 4:29
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:28
Now That's What I Call Rock Ballads
Various Artists
Now! 4:25
Power Ballads: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / WSM 4:26
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 4:27
No Image
Various Artists
Wea
Rock Ballads: Ultimate Collection
Various Artists
Ultimate
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:28
Simply Eighties
Various Artists
Simply
Take Me On: 80s, The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 4:26
No Image
Various Artists
WM Singapore 4:26
The  Old Grey Whistle Test 40th Anniversary
Various Artists
Rhino 4:24
The  Revealing Science of God
Yes
Blue Line Music / Blueline
The Best Ever Rock
Various Artists
Rhino
The Blender Album
Various Artists
Rhino 4:27
The Early Years
Yes
Blue Line Music 4:29
The Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time
Various Artists
EMI TV 4:28
Top Hits/80's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 4:27
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
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