(We Want) The Same Thing

"(We Want) the Same Thing"
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Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Runaway Horses
ReleasedOctober 2, 1990 (UK)
1989 (Australia, Japan)
4:17 (summer remix)
Songwriter(s)Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley
Producer(s)Rick Nowels
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"Vision of You"
"(We Want) the Same Thing"
"Live Your Life Be Free"

"(We Want) The Same Thing" is a song by the American singer Belinda Carlisle. Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, it was produced by Nowels for Carlisle's third album Runaway Horses (1989). It was released as the album's fifth single in the United Kingdom, on October 2, 1990.

To help promote the single in the United Kingdom, Virgin Records released a deluxe 12" vinyl boxed set with free stickers, and a picture disc single on CD, in addition to standard formats. The single peaked at #6 on the UK singles chart, and spent ten weeks in the Top 75.[1]

The song was used during adverts, including one for the Peugeot 106.

Single remix[]

The single version of "(We Want) The Same Thing" is drastically different from the original version found on the album Runaway Horses. While the album version has a heavily accented punk rock staccato sound, the single version was changed into a powerful pop anthem; one of her most successful to date. The intro of the single version is notable for its chants of 'Hey!' repeated four times before a drum piece introduces the song. In the Runaway Horses album booklet, the lyrics listed for "(We Want) The Same Thing" vary from the actual version on the album though they match the lyrics for the single version.

Track listing[]

CD single
  1. "(We Want) The Same Thing" (summer remix) — 4:17
  2. "Circle in the Sand" (sandblast multi-mix)
  3. "Shades of Michaelangelo" — 5:50
12 inch Record
  1. "(We Want) The Same Thing" (extended summer remix) — 5:13
  2. "Circle in the Sand" (sandblast multi-mix)
7 inch Record
  1. "(We Want) The Same Thing" (extended summer remix) — 5:13
  2. "Shades of Michaelangelo" — 5:50


Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA Chart)[2] 103
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[3] 25
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 53
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 22
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 6


  1. ^ "UK chart run". Chart Stats. Retrieved October 15, 2007.
  2. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 5 June 2015". Imgur. Archived from the original on 5 June 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 10 November 1990. Retrieved 20 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Belinda Carlisle – (We Want) The Same Thing" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – (We Want) The Same Thing". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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