We Belong

Album: Tropico (1984)
Charted: 22 5
Play Video


  • Pat Benatar struck gold yet again in the early 1980s. Here, the song is about a woman who is stuck in a relationship which appears to be failing, yet the lovers are still too attached to let go. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • This was written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro. They later recorded as the duo Lowen & Navarro. Navarro recalled the story of the song during a talk with Bart Herbison, Executive Director of Nashville Songwriters Association International (Source The Tennessean). "I was kind of lamenting an old relationship, and I kind of wanted to get the point across: 'It doesn't matter if you agree, or disagree, if you're here or gone. There are things that are bigger than both of us, and we belong together,'" he recalled. "I started with that final line and built everything almost backwards. Then I thought, 'Wouldn't it be fun for us to belong to all of this stuff: the light, the thunder ...' So it came from there."

    "I had written this rambling verse. (Eric) goes, 'I don't like the verse. I like this bit, Dan,'" Navarro added. "He sits down in a corner, writes a first verse, and the first verse was there, whole. And I knew the rest of the song from that point on. I took about ten minutes to write the rest of the lyric. I had set up the destination. He had set up the basis to the story. And I've always believed that next to the chorus - and sometimes even more than the chorus - the first two lines of the song are the most important in the whole song. You've got to hear enough to draw you in, but not so much that you don't want to hear the rest of the song."
  • This was used in the movies Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2005), Blue Valentine (2010), and Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). It enjoyed a surge in popularity in 2018 after it was used in the raunchy superhero movie Deadpool 2.

    It also shows up on several TV shows, including an episode of The Office ("A Benihana Christmas" - 2006), with Mindy Kaling singing it to BJ Novak. Other uses include:

    Mixed-ish ("Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" - 2020)
    Stumptown ("The Other Woman" - 2019)
    Santa Clarita Diet ("The Cult Of Sheila" - 2019)
    The Magicians ("The Serpent" - 2019)
    This Is Us ("Songbird Road: Part Two" - 2019)
    Dynasty ("Dead Scratch" - 2018)
    Halt and Catch Fire ("A Connection Is Made" - 2017)
    Gossip Girl ("G.G." - 2012)
    One Tree Hill ("Weeks Go By Like Days" - 2010)
    Nip/Tuck ("Dan Daly" - 2010)
    Hill Street Blues ("You're In Alice's" - 1985)
  • In 2019, this was used in Pepsi commercials titled We Belong Together, which showed how Pepsi paired with hamburgers and pizza.

Comments: 8

  • Stan from Po Box 265I love this song
  • Bruce from San Jose, Calif.Always love Pat Benatar's voice —so melodic and clear!
  • Elaine from South UsaI distinctly remember back around 1982, Benatar did an interview and said something like "Now that I'm pregnant, don't go assuming that I'm going to go all soft and maternal and do songs about sweet little kids and how much I love them. I'm badass and always will be." So the next thing she did was this video, where she's leading a kids' choir! I could never decide whether she did it for a tongue-in-cheek joke or some producer talked her into it against her better judgment. The older I get, the more I think it was the former.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 17th 1984, Pat Benatar's video for "We Belong" was aired on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time the song was at #25 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on December 30th, 1984 it peaked at #5 {for 2 weeks}...
    It reached #3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart...
    Her record that preceded "We Belong" on the Top 100 was "Love Is a Battlefield", and it also peaked at #5 on the chart...
    Between 1979 and 1988 she had seventeen Top 100 records; four made the Top 10, her other two Top 10 records were "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" at #9 in 1980 and "Invincible" at #10 in 1985...
    Ms. Benatar, born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, will celebrate her 62nd birthday in less than two months on January 10th {2015}.
  • Don from B G, KyActress Thora Birch is in this song's music video at the 3:05 mark. She is about three years old. She is in the children's choir.
  • Karen from Manchester, NhI was dating this guy, and we broke up. He wanted to get back together. I prayed about it, and this song came on the radio. I heard that first verse, and that told me what to do. This year (2011) that guy and I celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary.
  • Jeff from Casa Grande, AzI knew it! There's no way a woman wrote this song. Only a man could have. I knew it!!!!
    Triumph. "I've invested too much time to give you up that easy to the doubts that complicate your mind," and "Maybe I wouldn't know what to do with my strenght anyway." That's a man thinking, no doubt. I knew it!
  • Annabelle from Eugene, OrWho are the Choir Voices in this song? Was it a children's choir?
see more comments

Editor's Picks

David Gray

David GraySongwriter Interviews

David Gray explains the significance of the word "Babylon," and talks about how songs are a form of active imagination, with lyrics that reveal what's inside us.

Grammar In Lyrics

Grammar In LyricsMusic Quiz

Lyrics don't always follow the rules of grammar. Can you spot the ones that don't?

Mike Scott of The Waterboys

Mike Scott of The WaterboysSongwriter Interviews

The stories behind "Whole Of The Moon" and "Red Army Blues," and why rock music has "outlived its era of innovation."

Bob Dylan Lyric Quiz

Bob Dylan Lyric QuizMusic Quiz

Think you know your Bob Dylan lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.

Dar Williams

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.

La La Brooks of The Crystals

La La Brooks of The CrystalsSong Writing

The lead singer on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me," La La explains how and why Phil Spector replaced The Crystals with Darlene Love on "He's A Rebel."