Can't Help Falling in Love

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"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Elvis - Rock a Hula.jpg
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Blue Hawaii
B-side "Rock-A-Hula Baby"[1]
Released October 1, 1961
Format 7"
Recorded March 23, 1961, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
Genre Orchestral pop
Length 2:59
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Elvis Presley (Joseph Lilley for Paramount Pictures)[3]
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Little Sister"
(1961)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(1961)
"Rock-A-Hula Baby"
(1961)

"Can't Help Falling in Love" is a pop ballad originally recorded by American singer Elvis Presley and published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss.[2] The melody is based on "Plaisir d'amour"[4] (1784), a popular romance by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini (1741–1816). It was featured in Elvis Presley's 1961 film, Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it was recorded by numerous other artists, including British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the U.S. and UK charts, and Swedish pop group A-Teens.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

Elvis Presley's version of the song, which topped the British charts in 1962, has appeared in numerous other films, including the 2000 film Coyote Ugly, the 2002 Disney film Lilo & Stitch, the 2016 film The Conjuring 2 and the Pilot Episode of Sons of Anarchy. Other films that feature the song include Overboard, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Thing Called Love, Was It Something I Said?, Fools Rush In, Love Stinks and Happily Ever After. The single is certified by the RIAA as a Platinum record, for US sales in excess of one million copies. In the United States, the Elvis Presley version of the song peaked at number two on the pop chart and went to number one on the Easy Listening chart for six weeks.[5]

During Presley's late 1960s and 1970s live performances, the song was performed as the show's finale. Most notably, it was also sung in the live segment of his 1968 NBC television special, and as the closer for his 1973 Global telecast, Aloha from Hawaii. A version with a faster arrangement was used as the closing for Presley's final TV special, Elvis in Concert.

Personnel[edit]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Can't Help Falling in Love"
  2. "Rock-A-Hula Baby"
Preceded by
"When I Fall in Love" by the Lettermen
Billboard Easy Listening number-one single by
Elvis Presley

January 13, 1962
(six weeks)
Succeeded by
"A Little Bitty Tear" by Burl Ives
Preceded by
"The Young Ones" by Cliff Richard and the Shadows
UK number-one single
"Rock-A-Hula Baby" b/w "Can't Help Falling in Love

February 22, 1962 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wonderful Land" by the Shadows

UB40 version[edit]

"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You"
Single by UB40
from the album Sliver and Promises and Lies
Released May 10, 1993
Format
Recorded March 3, 1993
Genre
Length 3:24
Label Virgin
Writer(s)
Producer(s) UB40
UB40 singles chronology
"One in Ten"
(1992)
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You"
(1993)
"Higher Ground"
(1993)

In 1993, British reggae band UB40 recorded the song as the first single from their 1993 album Promises and Lies. The song was released in May 1993, in the majority of countries worldwide. It eventually climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at number 100 and appears in the soundtrack of the movie Sliver,[6] the trailer for Fools Rush In and an episode of Hindsight. It remained at number one in the United States for seven weeks. It was also number one in the United Kingdom, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand. The single version of the song has a slightly different backing rhythm and melody.

In the US, and on the Sliver soundtrack, the song title was listed as "Can't Help Falling in Love," rather than what appeared on the record sleeve.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" – 3:24
  2. "Jungle Love" – 5:09
CD maxi
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" – 3:24
  2. "Jungle Love" – 5:09
  3. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (Extended Mix) – 6:03
10" single
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (Extended Mix) – 6:03
  2. "Jungle Love" – 5:09
  3. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" – 3:24
7" single
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" – 3:24
  2. "Jungle Love" – 5:09

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
UK Singles Chart number-one single
June 6, 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dreams" by Gabrielle
Preceded by
"What Is Love" by Haddaway
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
June 26, 1993 – July 17, 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
Preceded by
"Somebody Dance with Me" by DJ Bobo
Swedish number-one single
June 30, 1993 – July 28, 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes
Preceded by
"Informer" by Snow
Australian (ARIA) number-one single
July 11, 1993 – August 22, 1993 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The River of Dreams" by Billy Joel
Preceded by
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
Austrian number-one single
July 18, 1993 – August 8, 1993 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes
Preceded by
"Weak" by SWV
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 24, 1993, – September 4, 1993 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey
Preceded by
"What Is Love"" by Haddaway
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
July 31, 1993 – September 21, 1993 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes

A-Teens version[edit]

"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Single by A-Teens
from the album Lilo & Stitch and Pop 'til You Drop!
Released October 29, 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Dance-pop[27]
Length 3:06
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Mark Hammond
A-Teens singles chronology
"Heartbreak Lullaby"
(2001)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(2001)
"Floorfiller"
(2002)

The song was the A-Teens's first single from their first extended play Pop 'til You Drop!, as well as for the Lilo & Stitch movie soundtrack, which was originally scheduled to include several Presley tracks, the A-Teens picking it for inclusion in the soundtrack. It was later also featured as a bonus track on their third studio album, New Arrival for the European market. The video had thus tremendous exposure on several television channels, with the A-Teens eventually including the song in their third album. As a result, the song had two music videos, one to promote the Disney movie, the other for the album. It is also shown in the teen pop compilation album, Disney Girlz Rock.

The song did not chart in the United States but reached No. 12 in Sweden, No. 16 in Argentina, and No. 41 in Australia. Despite the success of the song overseas, it failed to attract the rest of the Latin American public, due to the fact that there was a Spanish version of the song, performed by the Argentine group, Bandana. In addition, the A-Teens' version of the song was overshadowed by the promotion of Bandana's version.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Gregory Dark and filmed in Los Angeles, California. It had two different versions. The "Disney Version", as the fans named it, features scenes of the movie, and also new scenes of the A-Teens with beach costumes. The "A-Teens Version" of the video, features the A-Teens on the white background with different close-ups and choreography, and scenes with puppies and different costumes.

Releases[edit]

Tracks marked + are not A-Teens tracks.

European 2-track CD single

  1. "Can't Help Falling in Love" [Album Version] – 3:06
  2. "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" – 3:27 +

European/Australian CD maxi

  1. "Can't Help Falling in Love" [Album Version] – 3:06
  2. "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" – 3:27 +
  3. "He Mele, No Lilo" – 2:28 +

Other versions[edit]

Other artists who recorded the song[edit]

  • Erasure released a cover of this song on their 2003 album Other People's Songs.
  • Keely Smith, whose cover was on the charts at the same time as Presley's.
  • The uptempo version by Andy Williams peaked at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1970.
  • The Al Martino recording was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2746 and charted in 1970, peaking at No. 51 on the Billboard charts and No. 57 on the Cashbox chart.
  • Filipina singer-actress Nora Aunor, released this single 1971 and is part of her Blue Hawaii album.
  • F4 cover the song in Mandarin version.
  • William Control released this single in 2010 inside his second album Noir.
  • Bob Dylan recorded a version of this song for his 1973 cover album, Dylan.
  • The Stylistics' disco version was a hit in the UK, climbing to No. 4 in June 1976.
  • Shirley Bassey recorded a version of this song for a 1976 single.
  • Abbey Road Records issued a version by Herb Reed & The Original Platters in 1977.
  • Lick the Tins included the song on their 1986 album Blind Man on a Flying Horse. It was a minor hit on the British charts, and it was featured in the ending credits of the films Some Kind of Wonderful and The Snapper.
  • In 1987, Corey Hart's recording reached No. 1 in his native Canada and No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. The cover and song were used with the image of forlorn animals in desperate need of rescue for a fundraising television commercial for the Ontario Humane Society.
  • U2 used the song frequently on the Zoo TV Tour to close the concert.
  • Ingrid Michaelson released an updated version on her album Be OK in 2008, which was nominated for the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single, and Independent Music Award for Best Song – Cover.
  • Haley Reinhart's remake of the song was used in a 2015 advert for Extra gum and debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
  • Twenty One Pilots' arrangement of the song was released in 2012 as a video cover on their YouTube channel, was recorded for their Holding On To You EP (UK release) in 2013, and is played live on tour.
  • Liela Avila' version of the song was used in closing credits of the 2008 film The Other End of The Line.
  • Keaton Henson recorded the song in his session called Forts Pt. 2 in the spring of 2012.
  • Chris Isaak on Beyond the Sun (2011).
  • Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everret (stage name E), included a cover of the song on the 2008 album Useless Trinkets: B-Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996–2006.
  • Doris Day "Love Him" album December 1963

Additional versions[edit]

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