Every Rose Has Its Thorn

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"Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
Every Rose Has Its Thorn-Cover.jpg
Single by Poison
from the album Open Up and Say... Ahh!
B-side "Livin for the Minute (US)
Back To The Rocking Horse (UK)"
ReleasedOctober 12, 1988
RecordedEarly 1988
Genre
Length4:20
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall, Rikki Rockett
Producer(s) Tom Werman
Poison singles chronology
"Fallen Angel"
(1988)
"Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
(1988)
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
(1989)

"Every Rose Has Its Thorn" is a power ballad [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] by American glam metal band Poison. It was released in October 1988 as the third single from Poison's second album Open Up and Say... Ahh! . The band's signature song, it is also their only number-one hit in the US, reaching the top spot on December 24, 1988, for three weeks. [14] It also charted at number 11 on the Mainstream Rock chart. [15] It was a number 13 hit in the UK. [16] "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" was named number 34 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s", number 100 on their "100 Greatest Love Songs" and number 7 on MTV and VH1 "Top 25 Power Ballads". Billboard ranked the song No. 5 on their list of The 10 Best Poison Songs. [17]

Contents

Background and writing

In an interview with VH1's Behind the Music , Bret Michaels said the inspiration for the song came from a night when he was in a laundromat in Dallas waiting for his clothes to dry, and called his girlfriend on a pay phone. Michaels said he heard a male voice in the background and was devastated; he said he went into the laundromat and wrote "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" as a result. [18]

Music video

The music video to "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" was directed by Marty Callner. It starts out with a forlorn Bret Michaels in bed with a young woman, they both look unhappy. He gets up, does the heavy sigh that is at the start of the song and walks away to play the acoustic guitar, the video then goes into video clips of the band's tour. The same young woman is seen driving a Thunderbird in the rain (two different times), listening to "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" on the car's radio. The video was shot at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and in an empty warehouse nearby. [19] The video ends with Bret Michaels playing the last of the song on his acoustic guitar and walking away.

Legacy

The song has been seen as a hair metal classic, being ranked on multiple "best of" lists. [20] [21] [22]

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [42] Gold400,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
United States (RIAA) [43] Gold500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Double-dagger-14-plain.png Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Cover versions

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