The Power of Love (Frankie Goes to Hollywood song)

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"The Power of Love"
Single by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
from the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome
B-side "The World Is My Oyster", "Holier Than Thou"
Released 19 November 1984 (1984-11-19)
December 1993 (1993-12)
2000 (2000)
Format 7", 12", cassette
Genre Pop rock
Length 5:30
Label ZTT - ZTAS 5
Writer(s) Holly Johnson, Peter Gill, Mark O'Toole, Brian Nash
Producer(s) Trevor Horn
Frankie Goes to Hollywood singles chronology
"Two Tribes"
(1984)
"The Power of Love"
(1984)
"Welcome to the Pleasuredome"
(1985)

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"The Power of Love" is a song originally recorded and released by English band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It was written by Holly Johnson, Peter Gill, Mark O'Toole and Brian Nash, four of five members of the band. It was released by the group as their third single.

Initially issued as a single in November 1984, and taken from the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome, "The Power of Love" followed its two predecessors, "Relax" and "Two Tribes", to the top of the UK singles chart. It scored the band an early December number-one, being pipped at the post by Band Aid for Christmas chart topper. "The Power Of Love" was also a top 10 hit in several European countries, in New Zealand, and in Canada.

Since then, reissues and/or remixes of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood recording of this song have been top 10 UK hits on two other occasions, hitting #10 in 1993 and #6 in 2000. "The Power Of Love" has also charted in the UK in a version by Holly Johnson (a solo recording from 1999), and a 2012 version by Gabrielle Aplin. Aplin's recording of the song also went to #1 in the UK, exactly 28 years after the original Frankie Goes To Hollywood single topped the charts.

Aplin's version also enjoyed a resurgence in 2014 thanks to it being the soundtrack to the advert/trailer for TV series "Resurrection".

Holly Johnson, who co-wrote the song, later reminisced: "I always felt like The Power Of Love was the record that would save me in this life. There is a biblical aspect to its spirituality and passion; the fact that love is the only thing that matters in the end."

Frankie Goes To Hollywood version (1984)[edit]

The track was first featured during the John Peel Sessions the band performed on during 1983, which was slower and emphasized the track's original camp ironic content (such as the Hooded Claw from the cartoon series, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop).

"The Power of Love" became Frankie Goes To Hollywood's third consecutive (and last) #1 UK single in December, 1984. To commemorate the Christmas release, Godley & Creme directed a nativity themed video for the single, and the artwork for the single also used traditional Christian iconography. The original showing of the video on The Tube featured the nativity occupying the whole screen, however the borders of band members were added for later showings due to pressure from UK broadcasters.

The 12" mix of the song featured actor Chris Barrie aping DJ Mike Read's banning of the single "Relax", as well as his impression of Ronald Reagan, instructing the listener in prayer. The single also featured a Christmas message from the band, entitled "Holier Than Thou".

On the cover is a reproduction of the Assumption of the Virgin by Titian, a 16th-century painting in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari of Venice.

The single has been reissued in various formats over the years. The 1993 reissue charted at #10 UK; the 2000 remix version hit #6 UK.

Tracklisting[edit]

All discographical information pertains to UK releases only (unless otherwise noted)

7": ZTT / ZTAS 5 (United Kingdom)[edit]

"Make love your goal"

  1. "The Power of Love" (7" mix) - 5:27
  2. "The World Is My Oyster" (7" mix) - 4:13

Also released as a picture disc, black with holly all over it

12": ZTT / 12 ZTAS 5 (United Kingdom)[edit]

  1. "The Power of Love" (extended version) - 9:28
  2. "The World Is My Oyster" (scrapped) - 1:38
  3. "Holier Than Thou" (the first) - 1:08
  4. "The World Is My Oyster" (trapped) [instrumental] - 2:29
  5. "Holier Than Thou" (the second) - 4:10
  6. "The Power of Love" (instrumental) [unlisted] - 2:27
  • Released in a "hearts and crosses" 12" envelope.
  • "Holier Than Thou" is Frankie Goes to Hollywood's 1984 Christmas message.
  • Also released as a picture disc PZTAS5

12": ZTT / 12 XTAS 5 (United Kingdom)[edit]

Pleasurefix Starfix
  1. "The Power of Love" (7" mix) - 5:27
  2. "The World Is My Oyster" (12" mix) - 4:23
  3. "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" (pleasure fix) - 9:46
  4. "The Only Star In Heaven" (star fix) - 3:52
  • Released in a white gatefold sleeve with 5 photos.

MC: ZTT / CTIS 105 (United Kingdom)[edit]

"I'll protect you from the holocaust"

  1. "[oh fire!]" - 0:16
  2. "The Power of Love" (extended version, too) - 8:54
  3. "Scrapped" - 1:38
  4. "Holier Than Thou" - 1:08
  5. "Trapped" - 2:29
  6. "Holier Than Thou" - 4:10
  7. "The Power of Love" (instrumental) [unlisted] - 2:27
  8. "my uncle is a monster" [unlisted] - 0:29
  9. "absolutely obscene" (relax version) [unlisted] - 0:28

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 8
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 7
Dutch Singles Chart[3] 10
French Singles Chart[4] 20
German Singles Chart[5] 4
Irish Singles Chart[6] 2
Italian Singles Chart[7] 6
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 2
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 14
Swiss Singles Chart[10] 2
UK Singles Chart[11] 1

Reissues[edit]

1993 reissues[edit]

The 1993 re-issues featured the church in Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden on the cover.

CD
ZTT / FGTH3CD (United Kingdom)
  1. "The Power of Love" - 5:29
  2. "The Power of Love" (Original Extended Mix) - 9:29
  3. "Rage Hard" (Original DJ Mix) [vocal edit] - 4:13
  4. "Holier Than Thou Edit" (No Rest For The Best - Edit) - 3:29
CD
ZTT / FGTH3CDX (United Kingdom)
  1. "The Power of Love" - 5:29
  2. "The Power of Love" (Original Extended Mix) - 9:29
  3. "Rage Hard" (Original DJ Mix) [vocal edit] - 4:13
  4. "The Power of Love" (alternative mix) - 5:07
CD
ZTT-Warner / 4509-94954-2 (Germany)
  1. "The Power of Love" (1994 radio love mix) - 3:47
  2. "The Power of Love" - 5:29

2000 reissues[edit]

CD
ZTT / ZTT 150 CD (United Kingdom)
  1. "The Power of Love" (Rob Searle Club Mix Edit) - 4:13
  2. "The Power of Love" (Rob Searle Club Mix) - 8:41
  3. "The Power of Love" (Minkys Yaba Mix Edit) - 5:05
12"
ZTT / ZTT 150 T (United Kingdom)
  1. "The Power of Love" (Rob Searle Club Mix) - 8:38
  2. "The Power of Love" (Minky's Yaba Mix) - 8:10

2012 reissue[edit]

MP3 download (United Kingdom)[12]
  1. "The Power of Love" (original 7" mix) - 5:30
  2. "The Power of Love" (original 7" instrumental) - 5:30
  3. "The Power of Love" (original 12" mix) - 9:30
  4. "The World is My Oyster" - 4:17
  5. "The Power of Love" (alternative mix) - 5:08
  6. "The Power of Love" (best listened to by lovers) - 4:30
  7. "The Power of Love" (instrumental, singlette version) - 3.34
  • Best Listened To By Lovers is an orchestral instrumental from Anne Dudley's arrangement recorded as part of the original Welcome to the Pleasuredome album sessions in 1984. It was first released on the compilation CD Frankie Said earlier in 2012.
  • Original 7" Instrumental is an instrumental version of the regular single / album track, and is unique to this release.

Holly Johnson version (1999)[edit]

"The Power of Love"
Single by Holly Johnson
from the album Soulstream
Released 1999
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 5:04
Label Pleasuredome
Writer(s) Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O'Toole
Holly Johnson singles chronology
"Disco Heaven"
(1999)
"The Power of Love"
(1999)
-

Holly Johnson, former singer of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, recorded his own version of "The Power of Love" which was released on his 1999 album Soulstream and was released as a single which made #56 in the UK. The single stayed in the charts for 2 weeks.[13] A music video was created for the track although it is somewhat of a collectors item today.

The single was released by two separate CD versions, each featuring different tracks,[14] with the second CD featuring "All U Need Is Love (Demo Version)", a demo version of the Soulstream album track.[15]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single (CD1)
  1. "The Power Of Love" (Radio Mix) - 5:08
  2. "In The House Of The Rising Sun" (12" Definitive Mix) - 5:36
  3. "In The House Of The Rising Sun" (Doogs House Mix) - 5:04
CD Single (CD2)
  1. "The Power Of Love" (Millennium Mix) - 5:36
  2. "In The House Of The Rising Sun (DNA Instrumental Mix)" - 5:32
  3. "All U Need Is Love" (Demo Version) - 4:59
CD Single (Promo)
  1. "The Power Of Love (Radio Mix)" - 5:08
  2. "The Power Of Love (Millennium Mix)" - 5:33
  3. "In The House Of The Rising Sun" (12" Definitive Mix) - 5:36
  4. "In The House Of The Rising Sun" (Doogs House Mix) - 5:04
  5. "In The House Of The Rising Sun" (DNA Instrumental Mix) - 5:30

Remixes and B-sides[edit]

  • "The Power of Love" (Radio Mix)
  • "In the House of the Rising Sun" (12" Definitive mix)
  • "In the House of the Rising Sun" (Doogs House mix)
  • "The Power of Love" (Millennium mix)
  • "In the House of the Rising Sun" (DNA Instrumental mix)
  • "All U Need Is Love" (demo version)

Critical reception[edit]

Jon O'Brien of Allmusic reviewed the Soulstream album, and spoke of the song, stating "The William Orbit-esque production of the empowering opener "Lady Luck," and the subtle trip-hop-tinged title track show that Johnson still occasionally had his finger on the pulse. But unnecessary reworkings of 1984 chart-topper "The Power of Love" and the 1994 flop, gay anthem "Legendary Children (All of Them Queer)," only highlight the creative rut he appeared to be stuck in."[16]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[13][17] 56

Gabrielle Aplin version (2012)[edit]

"The Power of Love"
Single by Gabrielle Aplin
from the album English Rain
Released 9 November 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Pop
Length 4:05
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O'Toole
Producer(s) Mike Spencer, David Kosten
Gabrielle Aplin singles chronology
"The Power of Love"
(2012)
"Please Don't Say You Love Me"
(2013)

In 2012 English singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin released a cover version of the song produced by Mike Spencer and David Kosten. It was released on 9 November 2012 as a digital download as the lead single from her debut studio album English Rain (2013). The song was selected as the soundtrack to the John Lewis 2012 Christmas advertisement.[18] The song was also used during an episode of Hollyoaks on 16 November 2012 after the sudden death of one of the show's main characters.

Music video[edit]

A music video to accompany the release of "The Power of Love" was first released onto YouTube on 9 November 2012. It shows Aplin in a room in a large house, playing a piano. Then, near the end of the video, fairy lights in the room light up. The video was directed by Alexander Brown.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "The Power of Love"   4:05

Chart performance[edit]

On 11 November 2012 "The Power of Love" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 36, a week later it climbed to number 5. On 9 December 2012 the single reached number 1.[19] Aplin's version was certified gold in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2013.[20]

On 8 December 2013, the song re-charted at #88 on the UK Singles Chart, due to downloads.[21]

Charts[edit]

Charts (2012-14) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[22] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23] 75
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[24] 44
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[25] 47
Czech Republic (IFPI)[26] 22
Ireland (IRMA)[27] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[28] 3
Slovakia (IFPI)[29] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[30] 1

Certifications[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 400,000^
Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[32] 53

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 9 November 2012 Digital download Parlophone
Ireland

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

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  33. ^ "Within Temptation". Within Temptation. 2014-02-15. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Should Have Known Better" by Jim Diamond
UK number one single
8 December 1984
Succeeded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid