Eddie Money

Two Tickets to Paradise

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"Two Tickets to Paradise," a swirling, rocket-ride of a Top 40 song, was the one that ultimately cemented the reputation of would-be New York cop Eddie Money in 1978. His previous single, "Baby, Hold On," was the bigger hit from his platinum debut album, but "Paradise" proved to be his ticket to fame. Does the fellow in question actually have "two tickets to paradise?" Has he planned a romantic getaway for two to a luxury hideaway, or is he proposing a trip of another variety? That is the lyrical question of the day: anything is possible, not too much is revealed, and everyone is kept guessing. But the bottom line is that the song had the necessary sound and production sheen to land it on the radio, which is where it would stay for the next 20-plus years. With "Two Tickets to Paradise," Money straddled the line between straight-ahead blue-collar rock and corporate rock, and the crossover appeal worked in his favor. However, as the years wore on, his sound shifted dramatically from the riff-orientated soul-shouting of his debut into something less desirable. In 2000, Money performed the song live at the California Music Awards with Kirk Hammett of Metallica playing the melodic guitar lead which matches the verse, "got a surprise especially for you." It was an interesting moment in Bay Area rock music history: one would never have suspected Hammett's familiarity with the tune, though it certainly offers proof of its ubiquity.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Eddie Money 1977 Columbia 3:57
No Image 1977 Columbia
Rock Album, Vol. 1 [K-Tel] 1980
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:59
Greatest Hits: The Sound of Money 1989 Columbia 3:59
Mahner Rock 1994
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:57
Sounds of the Seventies: AM Heavy Hits 1994
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:00
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:56
Good as Gold 1996 Sony Music Distribution 3:58
Ultimate Rock 'N' Roll Collection [EMI] 1996
Various Artists
Legacy / Sony Music Distribution
The Best of 70's Rock Chart Toppers, Vol. 2 1997
Original Soundtrack
Priority Records 3:59
Eddie Money/Life for the Taking/No Control 1997 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 3:57
Super Hits 1997 Sony Music Distribution 3:59
Easyriders, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Thump Records 3:58
Lovin' Rock Hits (1969-1989) 1997
Various Artists
Metacom 3:58
Rockin' the 80's 1998
Various Artists
CMC International 3:58
The Number Ones: Rock It Up 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:59
Highway Rock: Rockin' Down the Highway 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:51
Harley Davidson Road Songs, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Capitol 4:00
Made in America, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:00
RNR Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:58
Pop Music: The Modern Era 1976-1999 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:58
Sony Music 100 Years: Soundtrack for a Century 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:58
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '70s, Vol. 4-5 1999
Various Artists
Collectables 3:59
Rock 'N Rolls Greatest Hits 70s 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:58
Made in America [Delta #3] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:00
City Rocks: New York 2000
Various Artists
Cityrocks 3:57
Classic Rock 70's 2000
Various Artists
Trans World 3:58
Boston Celtics: Celtic Pride 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 3:55
The Best of Eddie Money 2001 Legacy / Columbia 3:58
A Year in Your Life: 1978, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 3:58
Jukebox Hits of the '70s [Collectables] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:59
Rock This 2002
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:59
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 3:59
Extreme 70's [2] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:00
Mullets Rock! 2003
Various Artists
Epic 3:57
The Essential Eddie Money 2003 Legacy / Columbia 3:58
Rock 'N' Roll's Greatest Hits 70's 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:58
Extreme 70s 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:00
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Interscope 3:57
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [Box Set] 2004
Original Game Soundtrack
Geffen 3:57
Greatest Collectiion 2004 Platinum Disc 3:59
Classic Rock Gold 2005
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:58
Rock Breakout Years: 1978 2005 Madacy 3:59
Take Me Home Tonight 2007 Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. 3:58
Balls of Fury [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2007 Bulletproof / BPF 0:00
OCC Rocks 2009
Various Artists
CMG / Orange Coun / Red / OCC Records 3:58
Triple Feature 2009 Sony BMG / Sony CMG 4:00
Classic Rock Roadtrip 2010
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:59
Take Me Home Tonight: The Best of Eddie Money 2012 Cleopatra 3:55
Beach Party: Summer Beach Hits 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 3:51
300 Hits: Beach Party 2014
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 3:51
The Complete Hits and More! 2016 Real Gone Music 3:58
Beach Party
Various Artists
Stargrove 3:55
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:57