Puppy Love (Paul Anka song)

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"Puppy Love"
Single by Paul Anka
from the album Paul Anka Sings His Big 15
A-side "Puppy Love"
B-side "Adam & Eve"
Released 1960
Recorded 1960
Genre Pop
Length 2:45
Label ABC-Paramount
Writer(s) Paul Anka
Producer(s) Sid Feller
Paul Anka singles chronology
"It's Time To Cry"
"Puppy Love"
"My Home Town"
"Puppy Love"
Single by Donny Osmond
from the album Portrait Of Donny
B-side "Let My People Go"
Released 1972
Recorded Unknown
Genre Pop
Length 3:00
Writer(s) Paul Anka
Producer(s) Mike Curb
Don Costa[1]
Donny Osmond singles chronology
"Hey Girl"
"Puppy Love"
"Too Young"

"Puppy Love" is a popular song written by Paul Anka in 1960 for Annette Funicello, whom he was dating at the time.[2] Anka's version reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 [3] and #33 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]

Twelve years later it was revived by Donny Osmond, who took it to #3 in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100[5] and #1 in April 1972 on both the Canadian RPM singles chart for three weeks and the UK Singles Chart for five weeks the following July.[6] Billboard ranked this version as the No. 67 song for 1972.[7] The song was also covered by British pop group S Club Juniors in 2002.

On March 15, 1972, D.J. Robert W. Morgan played the Donny Osmond version for 90 minutes straight on KHJ in Los Angeles. LAPD mistakenly raided the station studios after receiving numerous calls from listeners. Confused, the officers left without making any arrests.[8]


Donny Osmond version
Chart (1972) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 3
Australian Kent Music Report 1
UK Singles Chart 1

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Other cover versions[edit]



  1. ^ "Images for Donny Osmond - Puppy Love". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Puppy Love by Paul Anka Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  3. ^ Artist Biography by John Bush (1941-07-30). "Paul Anka | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  4. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  5. ^ Artist Biography by Mark Deming (1957-12-09). "Donny Osmond | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  6. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  7. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1972
  8. ^ "Triple A Radio". Triple A Radio. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 

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Preceded by
"Heart of Gold" by Neil Young
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
(Donny Osmond version)

April 15–29, 1972 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"A Horse with No Name" by America
Preceded by
"Take Me Back 'Ome" by Slade
UK number one single
(Donny Osmond version)

July 8, 1972 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"School's Out" by Alice Cooper