A Thing Called Love (song)

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"A Thing Called Love"
Song by Jerry Reed
from the album Nashville Underground
Released1968 (1968)
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Jerry Reed
"A Thing Called Love"
Single by Johnny Cash
from the album A Thing Called Love
ReleasedJanuary 29, 1972
GenreCountry, pop rock
Songwriter(s)Jerry Reed
Producer(s)Larry Butler
Johnny Cash singles chronology
"Papa Was a Good Man"
"A Thing Called Love"

"A Thing Called Love" is a song written and originally recorded by Jerry Reed[2] in 1968. This song has been recorded by many artists, including Jimmy Dean, Elvis Presley, and Dave Dudley. In 1971, the song was recorded by Johnny Cash and it became a #1 country hit in Canada. The record was Cash's biggest hit in Europe, charting in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.

Chart performance[edit]

Jimmy Dean[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 14
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 21

Johnny Cash[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 37
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[4] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 2
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
U.K. Singles Chart 4
Dutch Top 40 6


  1. ^ "Nashville Underground – Jerry Reed". TIDAL. Archived from the original on 2018-05-08. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Adam (3 September 2008). "Jerry Reed, 71; Musician Was Also 'Smokey' Sidekick". The Washington Post. washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Dean Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.