Nick of Time (album)

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Nick of Time
Studio album by Bonnie Raitt
Released March 21, 1989
Recorded 1988
Studio Ocean Way Recording, Capitol Studios, Hollywood Sound & The Record Plant.
Genre Americana, Rock, Blues Rock
Label Capitol
Producer Don Was
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Nine Lives
(1986) Nine Lives1986
Nick of Time
Luck of the Draw
(1991) Luck of the Draw1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic [1]
Chicago Tribune [2]
Entertainment Weekly A [3]
Los Angeles Times [4]
Robert Christgau B [5]
Rolling Stone [6]

Nick of Time is the 10th album by the American singer Bonnie Raitt, released on March 21, 1989.


Nick of Time topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling five million copies, and won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, which was presented to Raitt & producer Don Was. In 2003, the album was ranked number 230 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die . [7]

Track listing

  1. "Nick of Time" (Raitt) – 3:52
  2. "Thing Called Love" (John Hiatt) – 3:52
  3. "Love Letter" (Bonnie Hayes) – 4:04
  4. "Cry on My Shoulder" (Michael Ruff) – 3:44
  5. "Real Man" (Jerry Lynn Williams) – 4:27
  6. "Nobody's Girl" (Larry John McNally) – 3:14
  7. "Have a Heart" (Bonnie Hayes) – 4:50
  8. "Too Soon to Tell" (Rory Michael Bourke, Mike Reid) – 3:45
  9. "I Will Not Be Denied" (Jerry Lynn Williams) – 4:55
  10. "I Ain't Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again" (David Lasley, Julie Lasley) – 2:38
  11. "The Road's My Middle Name" (Raitt) – 3:31





Billboard (North America)

1990 Billboard 200 1


Billboard (North America)

1989"Nick of Time"Adult Contemporary10
1989"Thing Called Love"Mainstream Rock Tracks11
1990"Have a Heart"Adult Contemporary3
1990"Have a Heart"The Billboard Hot 10049
1990"Nick of Time"The Billboard Hot 10092


RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada) [8] 3× Platinum300,000^
United States (RIAA) [9] 5× Platinum5,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Grammy Awards of 1990

1989Nick of Time Album Of The Year
1989"Nick of Time" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
1989Nick of Time Best Female Rock Vocal Performance


  1. AllMusic review
  2. "Bonnie Raitt".
  3. "Bonnie Raitt on the record". 23 August 1991.
  4. LEWIS, RANDY (30 April 1989). "Singing for Adults Lonely" via LA Times.
  5. "Robert Christgau: CG: bonnie raitt".
  6. "Nick Of Time".
  7. Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN   978-0-7893-2074-2.
  8. "Canadian album certifications – Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time". Music Canada . Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  9. "American album certifications – Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time". Recording Industry Association of America . Retrieved February 4, 2017.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH