Hot Love (T. Rex song)

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"Hot Love"
Single by T. Rex
B-side "Woodland Rock" / "King of the Mountain Cometh"[1]
Released 12 February 1971
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Glam rock
Length 4:53
Label Fly Records BUG 6[1][2]
Writer(s) Marc Bolan[1]
Producer(s) Tony Visconti[1]
T. Rex singles chronology
"Ride a White Swan"
"Hot Love"
"Get It On"
Music sample

"Hot Love" is a song by the British glam rock band T. Rex, released in 1971. It was the group's first number one on the UK Singles Chart, where it remained at the top for six weeks beginning in March 1971.[3] It was also the first song to feature Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman (ex-The Turtles) on backing vocals, the single, however, did not fare as well in the US, where it only peaked at number 72 on the Hot 100. The song reached number 47 in Canada in June 1971 and number 12 in South Africa.[4]


The Fratellis' song "Ooh La Hot Love" is a combination of Goldfrapp's "Ooh La La" and "Hot Love", and was also performed on the Live Lounge segment of The Jo Whiley Show on BBC Radio 1. The band often plays the song as an encore, and a live version is the B-side to "Baby Fratelli". In 2004, Justus Köhncke created a schaffel track from "Hot Love" and Freiland's "Frei" for Kompakt 100. In 2009, Kepi Ghoulie of The Groovie Ghoulies recorded a cover of "Hot Love" for the 7" vinyl series "Under The Influence" released by Suburban Home Records/Vinyl Collective.

The French singer Antoine recorded a French version in 1971, entitled "Un an dans l'Amazonie" and written by Pierre Delanoë. Lio recorded another French version in 1986, entitled "Hot Love" and written by Guillaume Israël.

Shakespears Sister performed the song on the setlist of their 1992 tour. A recording of the performance, broadcast on BBC Radio, was included on their 1993 single "My 16th Apology" and their 2011 album Live 1992.


  1. ^ a b c d "T. Rex – Hot Love (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 546. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 258–9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ Brian Currin. "South African Rock Lists Website – SA Charts 1969 – 1989 Acts (T)". Retrieved 1 May 2014. 

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Preceded by
"Baby Jump" by Mungo Jerry
UK Singles Chart number one single
20 March 1971 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Double Barrel" by Dave and Ansell Collins