"Shattered Dreams" entered the UK Singles Chart in March 1987 at a lowly #92 but gained popularity through extensive radio play and video rotation on MTV and the song quickly climbed the charts and peaked at #5 in May 1987, spending three weeks at the top and a total of 16 weeks in the chart. It went on to become a top five hit throughout Europe and Asia, reaching #2 in Japan.
The song fared even better the following year in the U.S. There, "Shattered Dreams" was released early in 1988 with a totally different music video, shot entirely in black and white and directed by David Fincher. The single peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for one week . A midtempo club remix of the track was released on 12" vinyl.
Billboard magazine ranked "Shattered Dreams" as the #26 song of the year 1988 in their December 31 issue.
Clark Datchler and the group would soon part, and Datchler released an acoustic version of the song as a track on his 1990 Virgin solo single "Crown of Thorns."
The song has been covered by boyband Ultra, on their UK Top 40 eponymous album in 1999; by House artist Jaybee in 2005; by Russian pop star Sergey Lazarev in 2007; and in 2009 by Quentin Elias, former ...