“Heaven Is a Place on Earth” is a song by American singer Belinda Carlisle from her second studio album, Heaven on Earth (1987). Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, the song was released as the lead single from the Heaven on Earth album on September 14, 1987, and it reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on December 5, 1987, becoming Carlisle’s only US chart-topper to date. A month later it peaked at number one in the United Kingdom, where it held the top spot of the UK Singles Chart for two weeks.
The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988, but lost out to Whitney Houston‘s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)“. In 2017, ShortList‘s Dave Fawbert listed the song as containing “one of the greatest key changes in music history”.
The single also reached #1 in many other countries, among them Switzerland, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Sweden, South Africa and Norway. It also reached #3 in Germany and Canada, #2 in Australia, and #6 in Italy. It reached Gold status in Canada and the UK.
The promotional music video for the song was directed by actress Diane Keaton and includes an appearance by Carlisle’s husband Morgan Mason. It features children wearing black masks and capes, and holding illuminated plastic globes. Carlisle appears wearing a strapless dress and later changes to a black off-the-shoulder blouse. The video was partially filmed at Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park in Valencia, California (now Santa Clarita, California), on the now-defunct Spin Out ride.