Nick of Time (album)

Nick of Time
Studio album by Bonnie Raitt
Released March 21, 1989
Recorded Oceanway, Capitol, Hollywood Sound & The Record Plant
Genre Rock, blues rock
Length 42:31
Label Capitol
Producer Don Was
Bonnie Raitt chronology
Nine Lives
Nick of Time
Luck of the Draw
Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
Los Angeles Times[4]
Robert ChristgauB[5]
Rolling Stone[6]

Nick of Time is the 10th album by the American singer Bonnie Raitt, released on March 21, 1989.

Nick of Time topped the Billboard 200 chart, selling five million copies, and won three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, which was presented to its producer, Don Was. In 2003, the album was ranked number 230 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[7]

Track listing

  1. "Nick of Time" (Raitt) – 3:52
  2. "Thing Called Love" (John Hiatt) – 3:52
  3. "Love Letter" (Bonnie Hayes) – 4:04
  4. "Cry on My Shoulder" (Michael Ruff) – 3:44
  5. "Real Man" (Jerry Lynn Williams) – 4:27
  6. "Nobody's Girl" (Larry John McNally) – 3:14
  7. "Have a Heart" (Bonnie Hayes) – 4:50
  8. "Too Soon to Tell" (Rory Michael Bourke, Mike Reid) – 3:45
  9. "I Will Not Be Denied" (Jerry Lynn Williams) – 4:55
  10. "I Ain't Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again" (David Lasley, Julie Lasley) – 2:38
  11. "The Road's My Middle Name" (Raitt) – 3:31





Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1990 Billboard 200 1


Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Nick of Time" Adult Contemporary 10
1989 "Thing Called Love" Mainstream Rock Tracks 11
1990 "Have a Heart" Adult Contemporary 3
1990 "Have a Heart" The Billboard Hot 100 49
1990 "Nick of Time" The Billboard Hot 100 92


Grammy Awards of 1990

Year Winner Category
1989 Nick of Time Album Of The Year
1989 "Nick of Time" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
1989 Nick of Time Best Female Rock Vocal Performance


  1. Allmusic review
  2. Chicago Tribune review
  3. Entertainment Weekly review
  4. Los Angeles Times review
  5. Robert Christgau review
  6. Rolling Stone review
  7. Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
Preceded by
Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul
Billboard 200 number-one album
April 7–27, 1990
Succeeded by
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got by Sinéad O'Connor
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