Better Love Next Time

"Better Love Next Time"
Single by Dr. Hook
from the album Sometimes You Win
B-side "Mountain Mary"
Released October 1979
Genre Post-disco, blues rock
Length 2:59
Label Capitol 4785
Writer(s) Pippen-Keith-Slate
Producer(s) Ron Haffkine
Certification Gold
Dr. Hook singles chronology
"When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman"
"Better Love Next Time"
"Sexy Eyes"
Alternative cover
UK single sleeve
For the Merle Haggard song, see "A Better Love Next Time."

"Better Love Next Time" is a song by Dr. Hook, released as a single in the fall of 1979. It was the first of three singles from their LP Sometimes You Win. The lyrics involve the singer comforting and encouraging a grieving and despondent friend who has lost a love, with the reassurance that "better love" will be found in the future.

In the United States, the single reached No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 19 weeks on the chart. It also reached No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1] It was less of a hit in Canada, but reached the Top 10 in the United Kingdom (#8) and New Zealand (#7). "Better Love Next Time" is ranked as the 49th biggest American hit of 1980.[2]

Chart performance

Weekly singles charts

Chart (1979-80) Peak
Australia KMR 24
Canadian RPM Top Singles 39
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary [3] 10
Germany 33
New Zealand [4] 7
UK 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [5] 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks [1] 3
U.S. Billboard Country 91

Year-end charts

Chart (1980) Rank
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [6] 49


  1. 1 2 "Adult Contemporary Music Chart". Billboard. 1979-12-08. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  2. "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  3. "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  4. "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1980-02-24. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  5. Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002, ISBN 978-0898201550, Record Research Inc., 2004
  6. "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Retrieved 2016-02-24.

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