Glory of Love

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Not to be confused with song written by Billy Hill for which see The Glory of Love (song).
"Glory of Love"
Single by Peter Cetera
from the album Solitude/Solitaire
Released 1986
Format 7"
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:20
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Peter Cetera, David Foster and Diane Nini
Producer(s) Michael Omartian
Peter Cetera singles chronology
"Livin' in the Limelight"
"Glory of Love"
"The Next Time I Fall"

"Glory of Love" is a 1986 Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit song written by Peter Cetera, David Foster and Cetera's wife at the time, Diane Nini, and recorded by Cetera shortly after he left the band Chicago to pursue a solo career. The song was featured in the 1986 film The Karate Kid, Part II. It was Cetera's first hit single and was included on his 1986 album, Solitude/Solitaire (which was released to coincide with the theatrical release of The Karate Kid, Part II.)

According to Cetera, he originally wrote "Glory of Love" as the end title for the 1985 film Rocky IV, but was passed over by United Artists, and instead it was used as the theme for The Karate Kid Part II.[citation needed]

"Glory of Love" peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 2, 1986, remaining in that spot for two weeks. It also spent five weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart.[1] The song achieved similar success in the UK, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart, where it was the 26th best-selling single of 1986.

The version of the song as released as a single and on Cetera's album Solitude/Solitaire is edited, missing the beginning eight-second section of the song's bridge which is heard in The Karate Kid, Part II.


The song, earned nominations in 1986 for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe in the category of Best Original Song. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987 for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male Artist.

It went on to win an ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from a Motion Picture and a BMI Film & TV Award for Most Performed Song from a Film.

Music video[edit]

The music video by Peter Cetera is set in a dojo, with cut and fade scenes of the movie The Karate Kid, Part II throughout.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

References in other media[edit]

  • In one episode of the recurring Saturday Night Live sketch "Jarret's Room", DJ Johnathan Feinstein (played by Seth Meyers), plays a sample of "Glory of Love" to open for each walk-on character. He admits that the Karate Kid, Part II soundtrack was the only music he had since he had to pack up his dorm to move out of the residence halls.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 50. 
  2. ^ Musikvideo on YouTube
  3. ^ Billboard Article
  4. ^ Fringemunks Web site

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Your Wildest Dreams" by The Moody Blues
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
July 19, 1986 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Words Get in the Way" by Miami Sound Machine
Preceded by
"Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 2, 1986 – August 9, 1986
Succeeded by
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
Preceded by
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
Canadian RPM number-one single
August 23, 1986 – August 30, 1986
Succeeded by
"Mad About You" by Belinda Carlisle