Could've Been (Tiffany song)

"Could've Been"
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Single by Tiffany
from the album Tiffany
B-side"The Heart of Love"
ReleasedNovember 1987
Recorded1987
Genre Pop
Length
  • 3:32 (album/single version)
  • 5:56 (extended version)
LabelMCA Records
Songwriter(s)Lois Blaisch
Producer(s)George Tobin
Tiffany singles chronology
"I Think We're Alone Now"
(1987)
"Could've Been"
(1987)
"I Saw Him Standing There"
(1988)
Music video
"Tiffany – Could've Been" on YouTube

"Could've Been" is a song by American teen-pop singer Tiffany, released as the third single from her debut album Tiffany. Commercially, the song proved to be a successful follow-up to her debut single "I Think We're Alone Now", peaking atop the US Billboard Hot 100, the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart, and the Irish Singles Chart in early 1988. It also reached number four on the UK Singles Chart and number five in New Zealand.

Song information[]

Music industry insider Don McGovern first heard the song when he walked into a Hungry Tiger Restaurant in Thousand Oaks, California and heard a local performer, Lois Blaisch, singing the song. McGovern introduced it to producer George Tobin.[citation needed]

The song is a slow ballad about love that could have been better. Both Tiffany's label, MCA Records, and her manager, George Tobin, were concerned that she was not old or mature enough to handle a song with such emotional depth. However, Tiffany convinced them that she could, and the song was recorded and included on her self-titled debut album, becoming its third single.[citation needed]

Chart performance[]

After debuting at number 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 1987,[1] "Could've Been" quickly rose up the chart and spent two weeks at number one in February, becoming Tiffany's second consecutive number-one hit following "I Think We're Alone Now". The song was also a number-one hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, as well as in Ireland and Canada. The song reached the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom and also charted well in Belgium, the Netherlands, and South Africa.

Music video[]

For the music video, music video stations played a live version of "Could've Been" where fans sang along to Tiffany's performance.[citation needed]

Track listing[]

7-inch single and cassette single

  1. Could've Been – 4:00
  2. The Heart of Love – 3:57

Charts[]

Sales and certifications[]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Gold 50,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Cover versions[]

In popular culture[]

The song was heard in the television series Growing Pains, on the episode "Nasty Habits".

See also[]

References[]

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  3. ^ "Tiffany – Could've Been" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
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  24. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Tiffany – Could've Been". Music Canada.