“The Flame” is a power ballad written by British songwriters Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham. The song was first offered to English singer Elkie Brooks, who turned it down, and was then released by Cheap Trick, for whom it was a hit single in 1988. The song appeared on the band’s Lap of Luxury album.
“The Flame” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1988, becoming the band’s only number one hit. It also reached number one in Australia and Canada.