“It’s a Sin” is a song by the British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was released on June 15, 1987 with “You Know Where You Went Wrong” on the B-side as the lead single from their second studio album, “Actually.” The song is one of Pet Shop Boys’ most iconic and successful tracks, known for its catchy and introspective sound.
“It’s a Sin” is characterized by its distinctive synth-driven sound and the distinctive, introspective vocals of Neil Tennant. The song’s production captures the essence of the 1980s synth-pop scene and is celebrated for its memorable melody and rhythmic quality. The lyrics of “It’s a Sin” convey themes of guilt, rebellion, and societal expectations. The song’s narrator reflects on various actions and behaviors, expressing a sense of guilt and defiance. The chorus, with its memorable and catchy refrain, adds to the song’s emotional and danceable quality. The music video was directed by by Derek Jarman.
“It’s a Sin” was a significant commercial success for Pet Shop Boys. It reached the number one position on the UK Singles Chart, marking their second chart-topping hit in the UK. The single topped the singles charts in many other European countries, including Germany and Spain. The song’s infectious and introspective sound, along with its striking music video, contributed to its popularity and established it as one of Pet Shop Boys’ signature songs and a classic of 1980s synth-pop.