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November 24, 1984


4.500 (average of 6 ratings)


heartland rock



Album Tracks:

  1. One Night Love Affair
  2. She’s Only Happy When She’s Dancin’
  3. Run to You
  4. Heaven
  5. Somebody
  6. Summer of ‘69
  7. Kids Wanna Rock
  8. It’s Only Love [with Tina Turner]
  9. Long Gone
  10. Ain’t Gonna Cry

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 5.0
sales in U.K. only - estimated 0.9
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 11.5


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 2
peak on U.K. album chart 7

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Heaven (1/28/84) #1 US, #38 UK, #9 AR, #12 AC. Airplay: 2 million
  • Run to You (11/3/84) #6 US, #11 UK, #1 AR
  • It’s Only Love (11/24/84) #14a US, #29 UK, #7 AR
  • Summer of ‘69 (12/8/84) #4a US, #42 UK, #40 AR. Airplay: 1 million
  • Kids Wanna Rock (12/15/84) #42 AR
  • Somebody (1/19/85) #10a US, #35 UK, #1 AR
  • One Night Love Affair (8/31/85) #10a US, #7 AR




Juno – Canada’s Music Awards – Album of the Year. Click to go to Juno site.


Bryan Adams


“Bryan Adams capitalized on the momentum of Cuts Like a Knife with 1984’s Reckless, a virtually flawless collection of melodic hard rock which would dominate radio for years to come. Run to You was a brilliant lead-off single which remains one of Adams’ best songs ever, but its success still pales in comparison to follow-up smashes such as Summer of ‘69, It’s Only Love…and the ballad to end all ballads, Heaven.” ER

“Although some songs haven’t aged very well (especially the overtly cheesy Kids Wanna Rock), these weak links are easily eclipsed by further highlights such as the cool rock of One Night Love Affair and the irrepressible pop chorus of Somebody. Sales figures may point to 1991’s Waking Up the Neighbors as the peak of Bryan Adams career, but the songs from Reckless will most certainly prove to be his lasting legacy.” ER

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Last updated March 28, 2011.