Let My Love Open the Door

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"Let My Love Open the Door"
Single by Pete Townshend
from the album Empty Glass
B-side "Greyhound Girl"
Released June 4, 1980 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded March 1980
Genre Art rock, new wave
Length 2:44
Label Atco Records
Writer(s) Pete Townshend
Producer(s) Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend singles chronology
"Street in the City"
"Let My Love Open the Door"
"Rough Boys"

"Let My Love Open the Door" is a song written and performed by Pete Townshend from his 1980 album Empty Glass. It reached the top ten in America in that same year, reaching number nine.[1][2]

Chart success[edit]

This was Pete Townshend's only solo American Top 10 hit, but it charted as high as any single by The Who released in America. Their song, also by Townshend, "I Can See For Miles", also hit #9.


A cover of this song was recorded by Audio Adrenaline, with the interpretation of "my love" referring to God's love. This may be consistent with the composer's intent: In the liner notes of Townshend's Gold (Remaster) CD, he refers to this song as "Jesus sings". It was also covered by M. Ward (for the 2005 Starbucks compilation album, Sweetheart 2005: Love Songs), and by Pete Townshend's own band The Who. Sherie Rene Scott covered the song on her 2001 album ...Men I've Had. A cover of this song was also recorded by Michael Cavanaugh. In 2013 Great Big Sea released a cover on their twentieth anniversary album XX.

Actors Steve Carell and Dane Cook are credited with a cover version featured in the 2007 film Dan in Real Life.[3] This version was arranged by Sondre Lerche, who also recorded a cover for the soundtrack of the film.

In July 2012, Honda used this song in a TV commercial advertisement campaign.

A version of this song by Luminate appears on The Covers EP[4] and was used in the season 2 finale of The Newsroom.

Canadian indie rock duo Tegan and Sara have performed a cover of the song as part of their encore set in concert.

List of films and TV shows featuring the track[edit]

The song has been used frequently in film, most notably the comedy genre, often as trailer music for movies such as Jerry Maguire and How Do You Know, and then as end credit song for Mr. Deeds in 2002; Jersey Girl and Along Came Polly, both in 2004. It was featured in the following films and TV series:

  • Click (in trailers) (2006)
  • The Newsroom (2012) - cover by Luminate used in the second season finale, "Election Night, Part II" (September 15, 2013)
  • The Goldbergs, season 1 "Why're You Hitting Yourself?" (2013) the "E. Cola Mix" played at end before credits.


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