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Headed for the Future

Headed for the Future
Studio album by Neil Diamond
Released 1986
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop/Rock
Length 39:28
Label Columbia
Producer Neil Diamond, David Foster, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Maurice White, Greg Phillinganes, Stevie Wonder
Neil Diamond chronology
Headed for the Future
Hot August Night 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Headed for the Future is the seventeenth studio album released by Neil Diamond in 1986. The album went to number 20 on the Billboard 200 and also heralded a return to the pop charts, when the uptempo, keyboard-heavy title track, "Headed for the Future" reached #53 (also cracking the top 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart). Another single, "The Story of My Life" narrowly missed the top ten on the adult contemporary charts[2] and has since become one of Neil Diamond's best-known and well-respected songs. Headed for the Future has been certified gold in the US by the RIAA.[3]


  • Track listing 1
  • Charts 2
  • Credits 3
    • Musicians 3.1
      • "Headed for the Future" 3.1.1
      • "The Man You Need" 3.1.2
      • "I'll See You on the Radio (Laura)" 3.1.3
      • "Stand Up for Love" 3.1.4
      • "It Should Have Been Me" 3.1.5
      • "Lost in Hollywood" 3.1.6
      • "The Story of My Life" 3.1.7
      • "Angel" 3.1.8
      • "Me Beside You" 3.1.9
      • "Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore" 3.1.10
    • Production 3.2
  • References 4

Track listing

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Headed for the Future"   Neil Diamond, Tom Hensley, Alan Lindgren 4:05
2. "The Man You Need"   Neil Diamond, David Foster 4:01
3. "I'll See You on the Radio (Laura)"   Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager 3:48
4. "Stand up for Love"   Martin Page, Greg Phillinganes, Maurice White 2:55
5. "It Should Have Been Me"   Bryan Adams, Jim Vallance 4:27
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Lost in Hollywood"   Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder 4:18
7. "Story of My Life"   Neil Diamond 3:41
8. "Angel"   Bobby Caldwell, Steve Kipner 4:01
9. "Me Beside You"   Burt Bacharach, Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager 3:54
10. "Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore"   Bobby Caldwell, William Meyers 4:18


Album – Billboard
Year Chart Position Country
1986 Billboard 200 20 US
Singles – Billboard
Year Single Chart Position
1986 "Headed for the Future" Adult Contemporary 10 US
1986 "Headed for the Future" Billboard Hot 100 53 US
1986 "Story of My Life" Adult Contemporary 11 US




  • Neil Diamond - Main performer on all tracks

"Headed for the Future"

(These musicians were at the time all members of Neil Diamond's official backing band, known as "Diamondville",[4][5])

"The Man You Need"

"I'll See You on the Radio (Laura)"

"Stand Up for Love"

"It Should Have Been Me"

"Lost in Hollywood"

"The Story of My Life"

  • Lists the same musicians here as were listed for the "Headed for the Future" track; obviously, not all of those musicians performed on this track as well. It is possible that Diamond himself might have performed some of the instrumentation (such as piano and/or acoustic guitar) uncredited.


"Me Beside You"

"Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore"



  • Robert A. Arbittier - Programming
  • Reverend Dave Boruff - Programming
  • Bob Bralove - Programming



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c d "Headed for the Future - Overview". Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "RIAA Certification for Neil Diamond - Albums". Retrieved 6 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Information from the Diamondville website
  5. ^ Ron Tutt's entry in DrummerWorld; includes a photograph of the bandmembers a bit over halfway down the page
  6. ^ Liner Notes of the Headed for the Future album
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