Eric Clapton

Tears in Heaven

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Easily one of Eric Clapton's most treasured songs or recordings, "Tears in Heaven" was, of course, written following the tragic death of his young son, Conor. Clapton's pain of loss is rendered in a wonderful, artless style. Musically, he utilizes some fine, folk-blues chord changes, with a slight Brazilian feel in the tempo, and it works wonders. The song was written for the film Rush and appears in the soundtrack as a studio version. However, the song is far better-known in its live acoustic version from his phenomenally successful Unplugged album, which won him a Grammy award.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Rush [Original Score] 1992 Reprise 4:32
Diana, Princess of Wales: Tribute 1997
Various Artists
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:31
Diana Princess of Wales: Tribute 1998
Various Artists
V2 4:34
Pilgrim/Change the World [EP] 1999 WEA International 4:34
Kuschelrock, Vol. 13 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:32
Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton 1999 Reprise 4:33
Very Best of MTV Unplugged 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 4:36
One More Car, One More Rider [Video] 2002 Reprise 4:34
Ballads 2003 Japanese Import
Pure Power Ballads 2004
Various Artists
Dynamic Music & Media / Pure Records 4:22
Música Para Soñar 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:03
Complete Clapton 2007 Warner Bros. / Reprise 4:35
No Image 2007
Various Artists
WEA / Bose 4:36
The Platinum Collection: Reptile/Me & Mr. Johnson/MTV Unplugged 2010 Warner Bros. 4:36
Forever Man 2015 GC / Reprise / Rhino 4:32
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2018
Original Soundtrack
Universal 4:32
100 Greatest Acoustic Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 4:32
Folk [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:32