Could You Be Loved

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"Could You Be Loved"
Single by Bob Marley & the Wailers
from the album Uprising
B-side One Drop
Released 13 June 1980
Genre Reggae, disco[1]
Length 3:56
Label Island
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer(s) Bob Marley & the Wailers, Chris Blackwell
Uprising track listing
"Pimper's Paradise"
(7)
"Could You Be Loved"
(8)
"Forever Loving Jah"
(9)
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"Could You Be Loved" is a song by reggae group Bob Marley & the Wailers. It was released in 1980 on their last album Uprising and is included on Bob Marley & The Wailers greatest hits album Legend. It was written in 1979 on an airplane while The Wailers were experimenting on guitar. The song is considered by many reggae fans to be disco influenced, and by extension influencing the dancehall genre.

In the middle of the song, background singers quote a verse from Bob Marley's first single "Judge Not": "The road of life is rocky; And you may stumble too. So while you point a finger, someone else is judging you".

Instruments used on the original record of this song are guitars, bass, drums, acoustic piano, the Hohner clavinet and an organ, as well as the Brazilian cuíca.

Appearances in other media[edit]

Marley's song was played right after the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.

The song has been played in various movies including:

Track listings[edit]

7" Single

  1. Could You Be Loved – 3:35
  2. One Drop – 3:50

7" Single

  1. Could You Be Loved – 3:35
  2. No Woman, No Cry (Live '75) – 3:57

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Joe Cocker version[edit]

"Could You Be Loved"
Single by Joe Cocker
from the album Across from Midnight
Released 27 June 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Rock
Length 4:35
Label CMC International
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer(s) Chris Lord-Alge, Roger Davies, Jeffery CJ Vanston
Joe Cocker singles chronology
"Into the Mystic"
(1996)
"Could You Be Loved"
(1997)
"N'Oubliez Jamais"
(1997)

British singer Joe Cocker covered "Could You Be Loved" on his 1997 album Across from Midnight. Unlike the original the cover is very rock-heavy.

Track listings[edit]

CD-Singles

  1. Could You Be Loved (Single Version) – 4:35
  2. Could You Be Loved (Radio Edit) – 4:18
  3. The Way Her Love Is – 2:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[24] 39
Germany (Media Control Charts)[25] 77
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[26] 88
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 46
UK (Official Charts Company) 96

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Could You Be Loved". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
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  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
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  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved LP Version search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  20. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1980" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Single Top 100 1980" (PDF) (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1980" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1980" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Joe Cocker – Could You Be Loved" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  25. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Joe Cocker – Could You Be Loved". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  26. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Joe Cocker – Could You Be Loved" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  27. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Joe Cocker – Could You Be Loved". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2014.