Put a Little Love in Your Heart

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"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Single by Jackie DeShannon
from the album Put a Little Love in Your Heart
B-side Always Together
Released 1968
Recorded 1968
Genre Pop
Length 2:39
Label Imperial Records
Writer(s) Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy Myers
Jackie DeShannon singles chronology
"Trust in Me"
(1969)
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
(1968)
"Love Will Find a Way"
(1969)

"Put a Little Love in Your Heart" is a song originally performed in 1968 by Jackie DeShannon, who composed it with her brother, Randy Myers, and Jimmy Holiday. In the USA, it was DeShannon's highest-charting hit, reaching #4 on the Hot 100 in August 1969 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary charts.[1] In late 1969, the song reached number one on South Africa's hit parade.

The song rivaled the success of her signature song, "What the World Needs Now is Love".

Charts[edit]

Chart (1968-1969) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart 12
South African Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart 4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 2

Annie Lennox & Al Green version[edit]

"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
U.S. edition
Single by Annie Lennox & Al Green
from the album Scrooged
B-side "A Great Big Piece of Love" by The Spheres of Celestial Influence
Released 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop, Dance-pop
Label A&M Records
Writer(s) Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy Myers
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
(1988)
"Why"
(1992)
Al Green singles chronology
"Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
(1987)
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
(1988)
"As Long as We're Together"
(1989)

In 1988 Annie Lennox and Al Green recorded a version that was released as the ending theme song to the 1988 film Scrooged. The song reached #9 in the USA on the Hot 100 in January 1989 and climbed all the way to #2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, as well as becoming a top 40 hit in several countries worldwide. Outside of her Eurythmics band, it is Lennox's most successful single.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1988-1989) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart 4
Australian Singles Chart 6
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart 9
Swiss Singles Chart 11
German Singles Chart 20
UK Singles Chart 28
Irish Singles Chart 30

Other versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 77. 
  2. ^ British Hit Singles, 12th edition, Guinness
  3. ^ Hickory Records LPS 155.

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