1983 Heart – How Can I Refuse (US:#44)

“How Can I Refuse” is a song recorded by the rock band Heart. It was released in 1983 as the first single from the band’s seventh studio album Passionworks. The song is an uptempo rock tune which lyrically addresses the strong feelings of infatuation at the beginning of a romantic relationship.

“How Can I Refuse” was a successful album-oriented rock (AOR) hit, peaking at number one on the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart, their only song to date to do so. The song also had moderate success on the pop charts, peaking at number forty-four on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was Heart’s first 12″ single release in the UK, backed with “Barracuda” and “Little Queen”.


Heart 1983



BassMark Andes
DrumsDenny Carmassi
GuitarHoward Leese
GuitarNancy Wilson
SynthesizerHoward Leese
SynthesizerDavid Paich
VocalsAnn Wilson

Produced By

Keith Olsen


Ann Wilson
Nancy Wilson
Sue Ennis
Howard Leese
Mark Andes
Denny Carmassi


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