Yes

Owner of a Lonely Heart

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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
Elektra / Rhino 7:05
No Image 1983
Yes
Atco
No Image 1984
Yes
Billboard Top Hits: 1984 1984
Various Artists
Rhino 3:52
9012Live 1985
Yes
Image Entertainment
No Image 1985 Disney
Superstars in Digital 1985
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:27
Yesyears 1991
Yes
Atco 4:27
Classic Rock: 1966-1988 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 4:27
Greatest Hits Video 1991
Yes
WEA International
Owner of a Lonely Heart 1991
Yes
Arista 5:24
Yesyears: A Retrospective 1992
Yes
WEA International
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
Only Rock 'N Roll 1980-1984: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:51
Ultimate Rock 'N' Roll Collection [EMI] 1996
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution
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
Rock & Roll Relix: 1980-1989 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 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 4:52
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1984 1999
Various Artists
Rebound Records / Universal Distribution 4:26
Best of Yes 2000
Yes
Elektra 4:28
Monsters of Rock, Vol. 2 [Razor & Tie] 2000
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:28
Heartbreak of Rock 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 4:26
VH1: The Big 80's Arena Rock 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:28
Classic Rock 80's 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 4:29
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Special Product / MCA
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:51
In a Word 2002
Yes
Rhino 4:29
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Box Set 2002
Original Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 4:23
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
80's 12 Inch Singles Collection 2003
Various Artists
Japanese Import 7:51
All the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 4:28
Best of 80s Pop: Party Songs 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 3:51
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
The Ultimate Yes 2004
Yes
Rhino / Elektra 4:27
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
New York: A Mix Odyssey 2004 Tommy Boy 3:35
Yes [Prism Leisure] 2004
Yes
Prism Entertainment 5:54
Ultimate 16: Retro '80s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:51
Pure '80s: #1s 2006
Various Artists
UTV 4:27
Lo Esencial de Mix 106.5 FM 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 4:30
Wonderous Stories: The Best of Yes 2011
Yes
Music Club Deluxe 4:26
Top Hits/80's Only Number 1's 2011
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / Warner Music 4:29
3/60: The Eighties 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:20
Original Album Series 2013
Yes
Rhino / Rhino Flashback / Warner Bros. 4:30
The Studio Albums 1969-1987 2013
Yes
Atlantic / Rhino 7:05
Totally Awesome '80s 2015
Various Artists
Somerset 4:28
12" Dance: 80s Pop 2016
Various Artists
Rhino
100 Greatest Classic Rock Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 4:27
100 Greatest Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 4:26
100% Rock Guitar Anthems [Mood Media]
Various Artists
Mood Media Entertainment 4:27
101 Most Beloved Pop Masterpieces
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:28
80's Top 40 Hits
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:28
Back to the Old School 2 (Singapore)
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:27
Born to Rock: 60 Tracks of Classic Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 4:27
Classic Driving Songs
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:23
Hits of the 80s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:28
New Classics .80/.90
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:28
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 3:49
Rock City [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:28
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music
Rock [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:27
The Best Ever Rock
Various Artists
Rhino