While hardly Eric Clapton’s most critically beloved work, the Phil Collins produced August was a commercial success, producing four hit singles from the steady selling album. You’ll find few Clapton aficionados who’ll list ”Tearing Us Apart” anywhere on their list of favorites, nonetheless it’s a calculatingly crafted piece of music that successfully exploits the popular styles of the late 1980s. There’s enough of a slight rock-blues tinge to the guitar work to make the song palatable, and it’s considerably more danceable than many of Clapton’s better recordings. If your goal is to sell records to mass audiences rather than please rock critics, danceable is one of the smarter ways to do it. The song peaked at #5 on the singles charts. Mission accomplished.