Silly Love Songs

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For the Glee episode, see Silly Love Songs (Glee).
"Silly Love Songs"
Single by Wings
from the album Wings at the Speed of Sound
B-side "Cook of the House"
Released 1 April 1976 (US)
30 April 1976 (UK)
Format 7" single
Recorded January - February 1976
Genre Disco, funk
Length 5:53 (commercial 7" version)
3:22 (DJ copy edit)
Label MPL Communications (UK)
MPL Communications/Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Paul & Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Certification BPI (UK) Silver 1 June 1976[1]
RIAA (US) Gold 11 June 1976[2]
Wings singles chronology
"Venus and Mars/Rock Show"
(1975)
"Silly Love Songs"
(1976)
"Let 'Em In"
(1976)
Wings at the Speed of Sound track listing

"Silly Love Songs" is a song written by Paul McCartney and performed by Wings. The song appears on the 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was also released as a single in 1976. The US single was released on 1 April 1976[3] and spent five non-consecutive weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4][5] "Silly Love Songs" was the number 1 pop song in Billboard's Year-End Charts of 1976. It was also the group's second of three number ones on the Easy Listening chart.[6] The UK single was released on 30 April 1976[3] and reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.[7][8] The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.[9]

Personnel[edit]

Wings

Horns

  • Tony Dorsey
  • Thaddeus Richard
  • Steve Howard
  • Howie Casey

History[edit]

McCartney had often been teased by music critics as well as former Beatle and friend, John Lennon, for writing lightweight songs and he wrote this number in response.[10]

Not unlike "Goodnight Tonight", another of McCartney's singles from the era, the instrumentation in Silly Love Songs features a distinct disco flavour. Both "Silly Love Songs" and "Goodnight Tonight" appear again on McCartney's second greatest hits compilation, All the Best!.

This song was used in the pilot episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air when Carlton Banks is heard singing the first verse while taking a shower.

In 2005, the song was sampled in Jenn Cuneta's Come Rain, Come Shine.

In 2008, the song was listed at #31 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[10]

Author Tim Riley suggests that in the song, McCartney is inviting "his audience to have a laugh on him," as Elvis Presley had sometimes done.[11]

Recorded versions[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b McGee 2003, p. 210.
  4. ^ McGee 2003, p. 232.
  5. ^ "Paul McCartney Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 163. 
  7. ^ McGee 2003, p. 240.
  8. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - June 06, 2014". RIAA. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  10. ^ a b Billboard 2009.
  11. ^ Riley, T. (2002). Tell Me Why: The Beatles: Album By Album, Song By Song, The Sixties And After. Da Capo. p. 359. ISBN 9780306811203. 
  12. ^ a b "Original versions of Silly Love Songs by Shirley Bassey". SecondHandSongs. 1976-03-25. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  13. ^ [1][dead link]
  14. ^ "Performs the Hits of Wings". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Glee Season 2 Episode 12: Silly Love Songs | The Official Music for Glee Site". Gleethemusic.com. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  16. ^ Erica Futterman (2011-02-09). "'Glee' Recap: 'Silly Love Songs' Hits the Right Note | Culture News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 

References[edit]

Preceded by
"Boogie Fever" by The Sylvers
"Love Hangover" by Diana Ross
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
May 22, 1976
June 12, 1976 - July 3, 1976 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Hangover" by Diana Ross
"Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band
Preceded by
"Welcome Back" by John Sebastian
Billboard Adult Contemporary number one single
May 29, 1976
Succeeded by
"Shop Around" by Captain & Tennille
Preceded by
"Shannon" by Henry Gross
Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single
June 5, 1976 – June 12, 1976 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Get Up and Boogie" by Silver Convention