Temptation – Heaven 17

Heaven 17 took this track into the UK top 10 for five weeks in 1983.

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Thirty years ago this week, Temptation by Heaven 17 was at number 3 in the UK singles chart. It had entered the top 40 three weeks previously at number 31 and broke into the top 10 two weeks later. After one week at number 3, the song rose to its highest position of number 2 for one week. A further two weeks in the top 10 followed, then three more in the lower top 40, before the record left the chart.

Temptation was released on the Virgin record label and was the first of three UK top 10 hits for Heaven 17. It was taken from the platinum-selling album The luxury gap, which peaked at number 4 in the UK album chart.

The band’s third top 10 single was a remix of Temptation. The remix reached number 4 in 1992 and was, like the original, certified silver.

More music from Heaven 17


UK singles chart for the week ending 14 May 1983

  1. TrueSpandau Ballet

  2. (Keep feeling) fascinationHuman League

  3. TemptationHeaven 17

  4. WordsF R David

  5. Dancing tightGalaxy featuring Phil Fearon

  6. Pale shelterTears For Fears

  7. Candy girlNew Edition

  8. We are detectiveThompson Twins

  9. Our lips are sealedFun Boy Three

  10. Can’t get used to losing youBeat

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