Heartbreak Beat was written by Richard Butler, John Ashton, and Tim Butler of The Psychedelic Furs. The song appeared on the band’s 1987 album, Midnight to Midnight, and was released as the first single in March of that same year.
The song is the band’s highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at # 26. It is their only “Top 40” hit. The song also reached the top 20 of both the Mainstream Rock and Dance charts.
Butler’s co-writers on the song were the group’s guitarist John Ashton and bass player Tim Butler (Richard’s brother).