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.