Puppy Love (song)

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"Puppy Love"
Single by Paul Anka
Released 1960
Genre Pop
Length 2:45
Writer(s) Paul Anka
"Puppy Love"
Single by Donny Osmond
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 singles chart[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[6] and the UK singles chart for five weeks the following July.[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]

Cultural references[edit]

The song can also be heard in the 2005 family/comedy film, Son of the Mask. Long after being ignored and then yelled at by his own master Tim Avery (as shown in a deleted scene of the film), Jack Russell Terrier dog Otis puts on the mask he found in a river (made by Loki the god of Mischief) and plays the song "Puppy Love" for his girlfriend named Venus.

The song can also be heard briefly during a scene in Zombieland with Woody Harrelson in a flashback scene.

The song also plays in the film Man's Best Friend in the scene where Max the dog mates with a collie and the song also plays during the film's closing credits.

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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