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Heart by Heart

"Heart by Heart"
Song by Demi Lovato
from the album The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
ReleasedAugust 20, 2013 (2013-08-20)
Songwriter(s)Diane Warren
Producer(s)David Hodges
Official audio
"Heart by Heart" on YouTube

"Heart by Heart" is a song recorded by American singer Demi Lovato for the soundtrack of the 2013 urban fantasy film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Written by Diane Warren and produced by David Hodges, it was released on August 20, 2013. A rock ballad, "Heart by Heart" stars off slow and stripped down with Lovato's voice accompanied by a piano and builds to a crescendo.[1]


Demi Lovato was announced as part of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones soundtrack in July 2013.[2][3] Lovato shared a preview of "Heart by Heart" online on July 3,[4][5] and it was officially released in the following month as part of the film's soundtrack.[6]

Critical reception

The song received mostly positive reviews from critics upon its release. Hollywood Life correspondent Tierney McAfee labelled "Heart by Heart" the best love song of the summer "by far", citing the dynamic production and Demi's emotive vocals, which McAfee described as "pack[ing] a big emotional punch".[1] The Huffington Post called the song "hauntingly beautiful" and praised the "powerful" piano-based instrumentation.[7] Sam Lansky of Idolator lauded Lovato's "absolutely monster vocals" on the "soaring power ballad" and felt the song was anthemic, drawing comparisons to other Warren songs.[8]

Chart performance

Chart (2013) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[9] 115
US Pop Digital Songs (Billboard)[10] 36


  1. ^ a b McAfee, Tierney (August 16, 2013). "Demi Lovato's 'Heart by Heart' Is The Best Love Song Of The Summer". Hollywood Life. PMC. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  2. ^ Robbins, Caryn (July 1, 2013). "Demi Lovato Among Artists For 'Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones' Soundtrack Album". Indie Wire. Retrieved June 2, 2024.
  3. ^ "Jessie J y Demi Lovato participan en el Soundtrack de The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones". Planeta (in Spanish). July 2, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2024.
  4. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (July 3, 2013). "Demi Lovato Previews 'Mortal Instruments' Track 'Heart By Heart': Listen Now!". MTV. Archived from the original on June 2, 2024. Retrieved June 2, 2024.
  5. ^ "Demi Lovato Unveils Teaser Clip Of 'Made In The USA' Music Video". Capital FM. July 11, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2024.
  6. ^ "Demi Lovato lanza soundtrack de "The Mortal Instruments City of bones"". Studio 92 (in Spanish). July 4, 2013. Retrieved June 2, 2024.
  7. ^ "Demi Lovato Releases 'Heart By Heart' From 'Mortal Instruments' Soundtrack (LISTEN)". Huffington Post. August 18, 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Lansky, Sam (August 16, 2013). "Demi Lovato Brings Diva Vocals On Soaring Power Ballad "Heart By Heart": Listen". Idolator. Spin Media. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  9. ^ "Chart Log UK: New Entries Update". Retrieved September 15, 2013.
  10. ^ "Pop Digital Songs". Billboard. Archived from the original on May 26, 2024. Retrieved September 15, 2013.
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