“Owner of a Lonely Heart” is a song by the English progressive rock band Yes. It is the first track and single from their eleventh studio album 90125, released in 1983. Written primarily by guitarist Trevor Rabin, contributions were made to the final version by lead singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire and producer Trevor Horn.
“Owner of a Lonely Heart” was released in October 1983, as the album’s first single. It was a commercial success in the United States, becoming the band’s first and only single to reach number one on Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song went to #62 on 5 November 1983 and climbed into the top 10 within 7 weeks. In 1984, the song made #8 on the year-end charts.
The song has been sampled by various artists including Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa and Max Graham, whose 2005 single reached the top 10 in the UK chart. The single was reissued various times throughout the 1980s and 1990s with different remix versions and B-sides.
[via Bo Stief – In Memory of Chris Squire]