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|"No One Is to Blame"|
|Single by Howard Jones|
|from the album Dream Into Action and One to One|
|Released||15 March 1986 (UK)|
24 March 1986 (US)
|Genre||New wave, soft rock|
|Length||3:29 (1985 version)|
4:13 (1986 version)
Elektra Records (US)
|Producer(s)||Phil Collins & Hugh Padgham|
|Howard Jones singles chronology|
"No One Is to Blame" is a song by British musician Howard Jones. The song, in its original version, can be found on his second studio album, Dream into Action, which was released in 1985. Following the success of the previous singles taken from the album, the original track for "No One Is to Blame" was re-recorded to give the song a more radio-friendly sound. Phil Collins and Hugh Padgham produced the re-recording, with Collins adding his own drum work and mood. This new version of the song was included on the 1986 US EP Action Replay as well as the CD version of Jones' 1986 studio album, One to One.
"No One Is to Blame" was released as a single in March 1986 and became Jones' biggest hit in the United States, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also became the first of his two #1 songs on the U.S. adult contemporary chart ("Everlasting Love" would top this chart in 1989). The song was also a top 10 hit in Australia and a #16 hit in the U.K..
- “No One Is to Blame” – 4:14
- “The Chase” – 2:53
- “No One Is to Blame (Extended Mix)” – 5:16
- “The Chase” – 2:53
- “No One Is to Blame (The Long Mix)” – 3:07
|US Adult Contemporary||1|
|US Mainstream Rock Tracks||20|
|Billboard Hot 100||4|
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||9|
|Italian Singles Chart||21|
|UK Singles Chart||16|
|Year-end chart (1986)||Rank|
|US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)||44|
Jones performed the song solo on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1985. A previously unreleased version of "No One is to Blame" by Neilson Hubbard appears on the 2001 Parasol Records compilation, Parasol's Sweet Sixteen, Volume 4.. Katrina Carlson recorded a cover in 2007 that featured vocals from Jones.
- Peake, Steve. "Top Soft Rock Songs of the 1980s". LiveAbout.
- Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. pp. 180, 453. ISBN 0-87586-207-1.
- One to One track listing Discogs.com. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
- Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 307.
- Official Charts Company info OfficialCharts.com. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 161. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and 19 June 1988.
- Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 27, 1986). "1986 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 98 (52): Y-21.
- The Old Grey Whistle Test Vol. 3 (DVD). BBC Video. 2006.