Annie Lennox : 100 BEAUTIFUL SONGS

Number 7 : Walking On Broken Glass by Annie Lennox from Diva in 1992

Walking On Broken Glass – Confident and defiant, this major Diva hit boasted rich production, soaring strings and new vocal highlights for Annie. It was a massive North American hit, reaching No. 1 in Canada and No. 14 on the U.S. Top 100. (And even higher another Billboard charts like Adult Contemporary, where it would remain on the charts for more than a year.) Without a doubt, no other solo song had as much radio and video play as this track in the U.S. The video featured starring roles for Hugh Laurie and John Malkovich, setting another example that Annie could attract stars to join her universe. 

Top 15 voters

Rex Saldana1
Jason Phelps2
Steve Gayler2
John Schmitz3
Wolfgang Nomi3
Yann Jouvet3
Clem Stambaugh4
Ben Rawson-Jones5
Matt Lee Newby5
Eddie Davis6
Alexander Barton7
Gabriel De Luca7
Grace Gomez7
Vincent Locard7
Cameron Scott8
Walking on, walking on broken glass
Walking on, walking on broken glass
You were the sweetest thing that I ever knew
But I don’t care for sugar, honey, if I can’t have you
Since you’ve abandoned me
My whole life has crashed
Won’t you pick the pieces up
‘Cause it feels just like I’m walking on broken glass
Walking on, walking on broken glass
The sun’s still shining in big blue sky
But it don’t mean nothing to me
Oh, let the rain come down
Let the wind blow through me
I’m living in an empty room
With all the windows smashed
And I’ve got so little left to lose
That it feels just like I’m walking on broken glass
And if you’re trying to cut me down
You know that I might bleed
‘Cause if you’re trying to cut me down
I know that you’ll succeed
And if you want to hurt

It was April 1992.  “Diva” had been released in the UK already and the U.S. fans were patiently awaiting May 12th for their copy of Annie’s first solo project.  “Why”, the album’s haunting lead single, was already a worldwide smash, and being such a huge fan, I could not wait for the U.S. release date and ordered an import copy of “Diva” and received it about two weeks before the CD was officially released in the U.S.

“Walking On Broken Glass” is the second song on the album, right after “Why”, and I will never forget the first time I heard it – I immediately sat upright and turned my head in the direction of the speakers upon the start of the unforgettable opening piano chords.  Then after the initial lyrics of “Walking on…walking on…broken glass” – boom! – you’re dropped into the thick of this classic pop song which grabs you and never lets go.  I knew this was a smash the first time I heard it.

“Why” is generally considered Annie Lennox’s “signature” solo song, but “Walking On Broken Glass” has taken up a life of its own.  Since its release, the song has been sampled by Nicki Minaj, mashed up with Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” by wunderkind producer Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend, and also served as the inspiration for the melody for Vampire Weekend’s 2009 song “Horchata”.  Florence Welch famously covered the song on VH-1 Divas as few years back, as well. (See video link below)  

With its marriage of an upbeat arrangement with sad, melancholy lyrics, “Walking On Broken Glass” has become a true, pop music classic.

– Rex Saldana


There’s a few promos of interest, but this House Of Groove David Morales Remix CD is the one that fans collected, now can be picked up for just a few pounds.

Record IDImageFormatRelease DetailsNoteClick for more info
Annie Lennox - Walking On Broken Glass - CD - The USA'CDArtist : Annie Lennox
Title : Walking On Broken Glass
Format : CD
Label : Arista
Cat No. : 07822-18735-2
Country : The USA
Promo : No
Includes a rare David Morales mixlink


Click to view the chart history for Walking On Broken Glass
CountryChartPositionYear End
AustraliaARIA Singles Chart58
CanadaSingles Chart1
GermanySingles Chart51
IrelandSingles Chart8
The NetherlandsSingles Chart61
SwedenSingles Chart31
The UKSingles Chart8
The USABillboard US Hot 10014
The USABillboard Adult Contemporary Chart6
The USABillboard Pop Song Chart3
The USABillboard Alternative Songs7


A bit lacking on memorabilia, but here we have a German Press sheet, sheet music, an acution for handwritten lyrics and of course one of Brendan’s creations!


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