Cold Hearted

"Cold Hearted" is a single from Paula Abdul's album Forever Your Girl, written by Elliot Wolff. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the album's third song to top the U.S. chart. "Cold Hearted" became one of Abdul's best known songs for its then street wise lyrics and provocative music video.

Music video

The video for "Cold Hearted" was inspired from Bob Fosse's erotica dance sequence from the movie All That Jazz. In the video, Abdul dances for music executives with a group of semi-nude dancers. The dance floor includes scaffolding where Abdul and her dancers hang and grind. Abdul's choreography for this video was very sexual and intricate, showing her more naughty side. The video was directed by David Fincher (of Fight Club fame), and spent more than three weeks on top of MTV's video rotation list.

It is notable for featuring both female/male and male/male dancer combinations. In 1999, Christina Aguilera shot the video for her second single "What a Girl Wants" in the same place and with a similar plot to Abdul's video for "Cold Hearted".


"Cold Hearted" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in September 1989, ending Richard Marx's three week run at the summit with "Right Here Waiting". "Cold Hearted" became one of the biggest hits of the year and was ranked sixth in the "Top 100 hits of 1989". Due to the single's enormous popularity, it was slow to descend from the chart, spending a total of eight weeks (2 months) in the Billboard Top 10 alone.

"Cold Hearted" was the final release from Forever Your Girl in the UK. It was, however, issued as a remix in 1990 unlike in the US where the album cut was released instead. It charted on 29th September 1990 at #55, going on to peak at #46 the following week. This remixed version was the follow to the Shep Pettibone remix of "Knocked Out" which had reached #21 three months previously, and was also featured in an extended form on the Shut Up and Dance remix album.

Track listings and formats

US 12" Record

1. Cold Hearted - Extended Version (Elliot Wolff)

2. Cold Hearted - House Mix (Elliot Wolff)

3. Cold Hearted - Dubstramental (Elliot Wolff)

4. Cold Hearted - Percapella (Elliot Wolff) 5. One or the Other - LP (Paula Abdul; Curtis "Fitz" Williams; Duncan Pain)

UK 5" CD

1. Cold Hearted - Chad Jackson 7" (Elliot Wolff)

2. Cold Hearted - Chad Jackson Extended Remix (Elliot Wolff)

3. Cold Hearted - 12" Extended Mix (Elliot Wolff)

4. Cold Hearted - 7" Version 3:35 (Elliot Wolff)

Official remixes

  • Chad Jackson 7"
  • Chad Jackson Extended Remix
  • Chad Jackson Ambient Mix
  • Chad Jackson Breaks and Beats Mix
  • Extended Version
  • House Mix
  • Dubstramental
  • Percapella
  • Quivern 12"
  • Remix
  • Chillin' Bass Dub
  • Acapella

Chart (1989) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 6
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 19
UK Singles Chart 46
German Singles Chart 38

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