Burning Love

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"Burning Love"
Single by Elvis Presley
B-side"It's a Matter of Time"
ReleasedAugust 1, 1972
Format7-inch 45 rpm record
RecordedMarch 28, 1972
StudioRCA, Hollywood, California
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)Dennis Linde
Producer(s)Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"An American Trilogy"
"Burning Love"
"Separate Ways"
Music video
"Burning Love" (audio) on YouTube

"Burning Love" is a song written by Dennis Linde and originally recorded by country soul artist Arthur Alexander, who included it on his 1972 self-titled album. It was soon covered and brought to fame by Elvis Presley, becoming his biggest hit single in the United States since "Suspicious Minds" in 1969 and his last Top 10 hit in the American Hot 100 or pop charts.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

Elvis Presley's cover version became much more popular than the original version, and was released as a single on August 1, 1972, with the B-side "It's a Matter of Time", and it reached the Top 40 on the country charts, peaking at #36. Elvis had recorded it at RCA's Hollywood studios on March 28, 1972. It was his last big hit.[1] The electric guitar opening and riffs were overdubbed and played by Dennis Linde himself.

For the week of October 28, 1972, "Burning Love" rose to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] being kept from #1 by Chuck Berry's novelty song "My Ding-a-Ling."[3] However, it reached #1 on Cashbox's Top 40 Charts for the week of November 11, which gave him 20 US #1 hits. The song was Elvis's 40th and last Top Ten hit on the Billboard US charts. "Steamroller Blues" in 73 was his last one on the Cashbox Charts, peaking at #10, in the wake of the massively successful Aloha Concert. It was also one of the last real rock songs in the last years of his life; from 1972 to 1977 the majority of his songs were ballads, and many of those placed on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart. "Burning Love" was one of the few exceptions, along with "Promised Land" in 1974.

He performed it in at least two high-profile productions: the concert film Elvis on Tour (during which he had to use a lyric sheet as the song was still new to him), and the later Aloha from Hawaii concert.

The song was also released on an album titled Burning Love and Hits from his Movies: Volume 2 on November 1, 1972. Despite this album's subtitle, none of the movie songs on it were ever hits. The only actual hit on the album was the title song, "Burning Love".


Chart history[edit]

Other versions[edit]


  • "Burning Love" was used as a wake-up song on the space shuttle mission STS-123.
  • It was used for the end credits sequence of Crazy Love (2007), a documentary by Klores and Fisher Stevens on the life of Burt and Linda Pugach.
  • Was recorded for the 1979 film, Elvis The Movie, starring Kurt Russell and Ronnie McDowell as the singing voice of Elvis. The song was not released for a soundtrack.
  • On a Season 4 episode of The Golden Girls called "Sophia's Wedding", the girls are revealed to be members of an Elvis fan club called The Hunka-Hunka-Burning Love FanClub.
  • The song was frequently used by comedian Conan O'Brien to warm up his audience prior to taping his talk show Late Night with Conan O'Brien, with the host singing the lyrics with musical accompaniment by the house band.
  • A remix of the original was used for the Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis and found on its soundtrack. During the live show, it is played during a montage of Elvis's best love scenes on the rear-projection screen, while the band has a spotlight. This remix puts more emphasis on drums and guitars, with a sound like The Who.
  • Wynonna Judd's version of "Burning Love" is the closing song of Lilo & Stitch. The song itself would later play a role in an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, with main character Lilo Pelekai naming a hummingbird-like love-inducing experiment, "Hunkahunka".
  • In 1997, Velveeta used the song for the Velveeta Chili Dip commercial, where they changed the lyrics to "Hunka Hunka Meltin' Love".
  • The song was used during the Miss Universe 2010 swimsuit competition, where Ximena Navarrete from México won the title of most beautiful woman in the Universe.
  • Zooey Deschanel sang Burning Love while impersonating Elvis on Season 2, Episode 20 of New Girl.
  • Jonathan Wood's character, Nick, sings the song in ABC Family's Original Movie, The Mistle-Tones starring Tia Mowry.
  • Dwayne Johnson's character, Joe Kingman, sings the song in the movie, The Game Plan.
  • The title of The Simpsons episode "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love" (2001) is a reference to a line from "Burning Love".
  • A version was featured in How to Train Your Dragon 2.
  • The song was used in the 2011 video game Homefront in the mission "Night Raid" where members of the American Resistance launch white phosphorus on soldiers of the Korean People's Army.
  • The song was also used in commercials for Disney's 2014 film, Planes: Fire & Rescue, sung by Mike Eldred Trio.
  • Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) Sings Along To The Song While Driving From San Francisco To Los Angeles In The Fuller House Episode Moving Day.
  • The song is one of six possible soundtracks on the Disney California Adventure attraction Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!
  • The Newsroom used "Burning Love" in their third episode "The 112th Congress". It starts when MacKenzie leaves Charlie's office and through Will's news report montage. The song closes when Will signs off of his June 2, 2010 news report.


  1. ^ "Burning Love - Elvis Presley". AllMusic. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Burning Love" by Elvis Presley (Hot 100 chart history) – Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2017
  3. ^ The Hot 100, Week of October 28, 1972 – Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2017
  4. ^ http://www.keithflynn.com/recording-sessions/720427ods.html
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Burning Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.rock.co.za/files/sa_charts_1969_1989_songs_(A-B).html
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 192.
  8. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, November 11, 1972
  9. ^ Musicoutfitters.com[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 30, 1972

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