Bangles

Eternal Flame

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
No Image 1988 Columbia 3:59
Billboard Top Hits: 1989 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
Greatest Hits 1990 Columbia 3:56
Greatest Hits: Videos 1990 Sony Music Distribution
No Image 1991
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:58
Now: 1989 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI
When a Man Loco Por La 1993
Various Artists
3:55
Starbox 1993 3:56
No Image 1993
Various Artists
Madacy 3:57
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Ladies of the 80's, Vol. 2 [Import] 1994
Various Artists
3:53
No Image 1994
Various Artists
triple d records 3:46
Billboard Top Hits: 1985-1989 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 11 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:55
Half of the 90's 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:56
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Ice Records
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Thinking About You: A Collection of Modern Love Songs 1996
Various Artists
Hip-O / HIPP 3:56
Definitive Collection 1997 Sony Music Distribution 3:55
All Over the Place/Different Light/Everything 1997 Sony Music Distribution 3:59
No Image 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:58
For Your Love and Other R&B Ballads 1997 BMG Special Products / Sony Music Distribution 3:55
Mixed Emotions 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 3:42
Highway Rock: The One That You Love 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:54
Super Hits 1998 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:55
No Image 1998 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 3:55
Body Talk: Language of Love 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 3:57
Monster 89 Hits 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:57
Soft Love 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 5:45
Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:56
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
Kuschelrock, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:55
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:57
No Image 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
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Empire DisK / Polygram
Women & Song 2000
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:58
Capital Gold Legends 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:56
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:55
The Ultimate Hits of the 80's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
A Year in Your Life: 1989, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:55
Eternal Flame: The Best of the Bangles 2001 Columbia 3:57
Magic Moments, Vol. 2 [Sony/Universal Sweden] 2001
Various Artists
Sony / Universal 3:55
Simply the Best Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:55
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '80s, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:54
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
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
Metal Ballads 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:55
On Your Radio [Box] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:50
Beautiful: 40 Timeless Love Songs [BMG International] 2004
Various Artists
BMG UK & Ireland 3:53
The Essential Bangles 2004 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 3:58
World's Greatest Love Songs [2004] 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:57
Absolutely the Best of the 80's, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:56
Ultimate Love Songs: Vision of Love 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:58
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
Unforgettable Love Songs [Fuel 2000] 2006
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:57
We Are the '80s 2006 Columbia / Legacy 3:56
The Greatest Love Song Collection 2006
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:59
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Love 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:54
Missing You [EMI 2008] 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:55
Love Songs [Sony 2010] 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:56
100 Hits: Just Be Good to Me
Various Artists
Demon Music Group / DMG TV 3:55
100 Hits: Pop Essentials
Various Artists
DMG TV 3:55
100 Hits: The Best Love Album
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG / Sony Music 3:56
80's Songs
Various Artists
Crimson 3:56
On Your 80's Radio
Various Artists
Columbia 3:50
No Image
Various Artists
Columbia