All That Matters (Michael Bolton album)

All That Matters
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 4, 1997
StudioA&M Studios and Conway Recording Studios (Hollywood, CA); Record Plant (Los Angeles, CA); Bananaboat Studios (Burbank, CA); The Cave (Malibu, CA); Larrabee North (Studio City, CA); Soundcastle (Santa Monica, CA); The Bennett House (Franklin, TN); Masterfonics (Nashville, TN); Right Track Recording, Sony Music Studios, Soundtrack Studios and Clinton Recording Studio (New York, NY); East Bay Studios (Tarrytown, NY); Studio LaCoCo and Doppler Studios (Atlanta, GA); Passion Studios (Westport, CT); Sierra Alegre Studio.
GenreR&B, pop rock, adult contemporary, soft rock
ProducerWalter Afanasieff, Michael Bolton, Barry J. Eastmond, Jamie Houston, Tony Rich, Guy Roche and Keith Thomas
Michael Bolton chronology
This Is The Time: The Christmas Album
All That Matters
My Secret Passion: The Arias
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyC−[2]
The Guardian[3]
Los Angeles Times[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]

All That Matters is an album by Michael Bolton, released in 1997, and was his first studio album since 1993's The One Thing. Bolton was aided in production by Babyface and Tony Rich, and among the songwriters are Bolton, Diane Warren, Babyface, Lamont Dozier, Gary Burr, and Tony Rich. Bolton’s U.S. fans were puzzled by the album’s title, "All That Matters", until the phrase was found on the bonus track, "When There Are No Words", on the UK version of the album. The two singles from the album, "The Best of Love", and "Safe Place from the Storm" were disappointing in sales and radio play, and fans were disappointed that the songs were performed only a handful of times during Bolton’s 1998 tour in support of the album.

Bolton recorded the pop version of "Go the Distance" for the soundtrack to the animated film Hercules. The song was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but ultimately lost both to Celine Dion's hit "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. "Go the Distance" peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went to #1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, Bolton's ninth song to top this chart.[6] The song was also included on the All That Matters album.

Despite the lead single's relative success (#24 on the Hot 100), the album failed to achieve substantial success, partly because subsequent singles from the album failed to make any significant impact on the charts and due to the altering musical tastes (which were in favor of teen-pop at the time). Thus, the album debuted at a disappointing #39 and after some weeks of descending the chart it completely disappeared from the Billboard Top 200.

Track listing[]

1."Safe Place from the Storm"Michael Bolton, Diane Warren5:22
2."The Best of Love"Babyface, Michael Bolton4:19
3."Let's Make a Long Story Longer"Michael Bolton, Jamie Houston4:39
4."A Heart Can Only Be So Strong"Diane Warren5:02
5."Fallin'"Tony Rich3:47
6."Forever's Just a Matter of Time"Michael Bolton, Jamie Houston4:28
7."Whenever I Remember Loving You"Michael Bolton, Garry Burr4:26
8."Show Her the Way"Michael Bolton, Barry J. Eastmond4:42
9."Why Me"Babyface, Michael Bolton, Lamont Dozier4:36
10."Can't Get Close Enough to You"Michael Bolton, Barry J. Eastmond, Jamie Houston4:46
11."Let There Be Love"Michael Bolton, Jamie Houston5:23
12."Pleasure or Pain"Michael Bolton, Tony Rich, Diane Warren4:06
13."Go the Distance"Alan Menken, David Zippel4:40
14."When There Are No Words" (bonus track in the UK version)Michael Bolton, Antonio Jeffries4:16




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[7] Platinum 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[8] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. All That Matters at AllMusic
  2. ^ Browne, David (1997-11-21). "White Noise". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (1997-11-14). "Music: This week's pop CD releases". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Gardner, Elysa (1997-11-20). "You're making your list and we've made ours: tons of ideas for presents--even for those hardest to please. : From Elton to Boyz to Celine to Dylan, It's an Album Bull Market". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 36.
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Michael Bolton – All That Matters". Music Canada. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  8. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. p. 947. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Michael Bolton – All That Matters". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 10, 2022.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Michael Bolton – All That Matters". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 10, 2022.