Progressive rock band Yes had achieved icon status in the rock world long before “Owner Of a Lonely Heart” came out in 1983. In fact, they had been there, done that, and called it a day as of two years prior. As it turned out, several of the original Yes members had found their way into another band called Cinema, and at the request of the record label executives, re-assumed the name Yes. This reincarnation of the band, along with the album 90125, signified a complete change of sound and direction for them.
Remarkably, 90125 became Yes’ all-time best-selling album, and while they already had a solid global following, the single “Owner Of a Lonely Heart” marked the first and only time the band had a song top the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Years later, many of us can instantly remember this song within the first notes of its unmistakable searing guitar riff—making it a landmark song of the early 1980s. Enjoy!