Should've Known Better

Album: Richard Marx (1987)
Charted: 50 3

Songfacts®:

  • Richard Marx married the actress Cynthia Rhodes in 1989 (they split in 2014), but he went through enough relationship drama before meeting her to trigger plenty of songs. When we spoke with Marx in 2012, he told us about the girl who sparked this one: "We were both young, and she pitted me and another guy against each other without either of us knowing. It was all about her. She handled that whole situation wrong and people got hurt out of it, and I got a song out of it. But yeah, it was very, very specifically about a particular girl."
  • This was Marx' second single, following "Don't Mean Nothing." With his next singles, "Endless Summer Nights" and "Hold On To The Nights," he became the first male singer with four Top 3 hits from his debut album. His first seven singles made the Top 4.

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