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"Hero"
Single by Enrique Iglesias
from the album Escape
Released November 5, 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop
Length 4:24 (Album Version)
4:11 (Radio Edit)
Label Interscope Records
Writer(s) Enrique Iglesias
Paul Barry
Mark Taylor
Producer Mark Taylor
Certification Platinum (ARIA) Platinum (BPI)
Enrique Iglesias singles chronology
"Sad Eyes"
(2000)
"Hero"
(2001)
"Escape"
(2002)

"Hero" is a single released by Enrique Iglesias from his second English album Escape and was written for his good friend Simon Baxendale.

Enrique first released the song to radio in November 2001 to a positive critical and commercial reception. After the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, the song was one of the few songs chosen by Radio DJs in New York to be remixed with audio from police, firefighters, civilians at Ground Zero and Politicians commenting on the attacks.

He was asked to sing the song live at the benefit concert America: A Tribute to Heroes ten days after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Iglesias broadcast his performance from a warehouse in New York alongside Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Sheryl Crow, the location of the warehouse was kept secret in case of further attacks. It was Iglesias' first televised performance of the song. He had performed the song earlier at that year's Miss Venezuela but due to the terrorist attacks the show was not aired on television.

Contents

Track listing

UK CD1
  1. "Hero" (Radio edit)
  2. "Be with You" (Thunderpuss Remix)
  3. "Héroe" (Spanish MetroMix)
UK CD2
  1. "Hero" (Album version)
  2. "Hero" (English MetroMix)
  3. "Bailamos" (Single version)
  4. "Hero" (Video)
Europe
  1. Hero (Metro Mix English Version)
  2. Hero (Ventura & Colombo Remix)
  3. Hero (Metro Mix Spanish Version)
  4. Hero (Thunderpuss Radio Edit)
Vinyl 1 (US)
  1. "Hero" (MARK!'s New Classic Mix) (10:10)
  2. "Hero" (MARK!'s Hard Head Dub) (9:54)
  3. "Hero" (MARK!'s Hard Head Vocal) (9:39)
  4. "Hero" (Datalux Club Mix) (7:32)
  5. "Hero" (Minge Binge Lost My Mind Dub) (5:49)
Vinyl 2 (US)
  1. "Hero" (Thunderpuss Club Mix) (7:58)
  2. "Hero" (Thunderpuss Radio Edit) (3:16)
  3. "Hero" (Thunder Dub) (7:51)

Other Remixes

Christopher Lawrence Remix

Music videos

The music video for "Hero" was directed by Joseph Kahn and features Iglesias as an honorable criminal hunted by his enemies, Jennifer Love Hewitt plays his love interest, while Mickey Rourke plays one of the men hunting him. The video follows a Bonnie and Clyde-esque plot with Iglesias and Hewitt running from their enemies in the desert. Finally, Iglesias' enemies track him down and confront him outside a church. The confrontation leads to Iglesias being floored by Rourke, before being struck with a baton. The video skips ahead where we see Iglesias and Hewitt in the rain surrounded by police cars. Iglesias clutches his torso, implying that he'd been shot. The video ends with Iglesias' death. However, it is assumed that the police caught Rourke.

In addition to this video a second video was made for the UK with less violence. The final shot of this video shows Iglesias' legs are moving, suggesting that he lives. While originally made for the UK this video has since replaced the original video on many music video stations throughout the world

Chart Success

The song topped many charts in the US including the ARC Weekly Chart for two weeks and the Billboard adult contemporary chart for fifteen weeks.[1] On the latter, the song would re-enter the top ten a year later, the first song ever to do so. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[1] though it is actually his most played song on the chart, outdoing prior singles "Bailamos" and "Be With You", both of which went to number one on the chart. A remixed recording also topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in December 2001.

In February 2002 the song was released in the UK, where it went straight to number one for four weeks, becoming one of the biggest hits of the year there. Up to this point Iglesias had already had two hits in the UK but was largely unknown. Hero was seen as a breakthrough for Iglesias in the UK and Escape became one of the best selling albums of that year. With sales to date of 836,5000, "Hero" stands as the 17th best-selling single of the 2000's in the UK.

In Australia, the song reached number one on the ARIA Chart, becoming his first number-one in that country.

Chart (2000-2009) Peak
position
UK Top 100 Songs of the Decade 17[2]

Cultural impact

The song was prominently featured in the season three Scrubs episode "My Friend the Doctor".

This song was also featured in the 2008 movie, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua".

The song was featured at the end of a Season One Smallville episode

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Radio 1 Official Chart of the Decade, as broadcast on BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday 29th December 2009, presented by Nihal
Preceded by
"Suerte" by Shakira
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one song
November 10, 2001
Succeeded by
"Suerte" by Shakira
Preceded by
"Can't Get You Out of My Head" by Kylie Minogue
Romanian Singles Chart number-one single
January 7, 2002 - January 28, 2002
Succeeded by
"Sa Pot Ierta" by Animal X
Preceded by
"Get The Party Started" by Pink
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
January 13, 2002 - January 20, 2002
Succeeded by
"In Your Eyes" by Kylie Minogue
Preceded by
"My Sweet Lord" by George Harrison
UK Singles Chart number-one single
January 27, 2002 - February 24, 2002
Succeeded by
"World of our Own" by Westlife
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