"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,
The song appeared on the band's Lap of Luxury album in 1988. Considered as the band's comeback album following the failure of the 1986 album The Doctor, Lap of Luxury produced three top 40 hit singles and one minor hit single. After "The Flame" topped the American Billboard Hot 100.
The success of "The Flame" brought Cheap Trick out of a years-long commercial slump and back into music industry prominence. It was Cheap Tricks' only number one single in America. It also became the band's first hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, reaching #29 there; "Don't Be Cruel" then hit #32 on the AC chart.
Reportedly, the band disliked the song at first; Rick Nielsen disliked the song so much on first hearing that he yanked it from the tape player and ground the cassette beneath his boot heel.