Glad All Over

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"Glad All Over"
Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five.jpg
Single by The Dave Clark Five
from the album Glad All Over
B-side "I Know You"
Released 15 November 1963 (UK); 27 December 1963 (US)
Format 7" single, digital download
Recorded 1963
Genre Rock
Label Columbia DB 7154 (UK)[1]
Epic 9656 (US)
Songwriter(s) Dave Clark, Mike Smith[1]
Producer(s) Dave Clark[1]
The Dave Clark Five singles chronology
"Do You Love Me"
"Glad All Over"
"Bits and Pieces"

"Do You Love Me"
"Glad All Over"
"Bits and Pieces"

"Glad All Over" is a song written by Dave Clark and Mike Smith and recorded by The Dave Clark Five.[1] In January 1964, it became the British group's first big hit, reaching No.1 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] In April 1964, it reached No.6 on the American US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the first British Invasion hit by a group other than The Beatles. It was also No.1 in Ireland, No.3 in Australia[3] and No.2 in Canada.[3] It reached No.4 in the Netherlands[4] and No.16 in Germany.[5] "Glad All Over" was the No.2 selling single of 1964 in the UK (behind "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles),[6] and also had sufficient UK sales in November and December 1963 to make it the 58th best-selling single of 1963;[7] put together these statistics suggest UK sales for "Glad All Over" of around 1,000,000 units by the end of 1964.

"Glad All Over" featured Smith leading unison group vocals, often in call and response style, a saxophone line used not for solo decoration but underneath the whole song, and a big, "air hammer" beat that underpinned the wall of sound production known as the "Tottenham Sound".

In 1993, "Glad All Over" was reissued as a single in the UK, coupled with "Good Old Rock 'n' Roll" and "Having a Wild Weekend". The reissue reached No.37 on the UK Singles Chart.

Chart history[edit]

Use by football and rugby teams[edit]

Crystal Palace Football Club adopted the song as their anthem in the 1960s. It is played at the start of all home games, and after full-time (when Palace win). The chorus is played after home goals, after the goalscorer's name is read out. It is also sung by fans as a chant. On Saturday 10 February 1968, The Dave Clark Five played "Glad All Over" live at Crystal Palace's home, Selhurst Park. A cover version, sung by the squad at the time, was released as part of their FA Cup run (where they reached the final of the competition) in 1990.[20]

Blackpool have also used Glad All Over, played after a home goal is scored, and other English Football League teams including Rotherham United, Port Vale, Swindon Town and Yeovil Town have followed suit. It has also been used by Scottish Football League clubs Partick Thistle and Dunfermline Athletic F.C. when they score a goal. Woking F.C. have also played the song as part of their celebrations on scoring a goal.[21]

The Welsh Rugby Football Club, Pontypridd, began using the song in 2004 to herald the points scored when converting a try, kicking a penalty or scoring a drop goal. This is in contrast to the Chumbawamba song "Top of the World (Ole Ole Ole)" used when Pontypridd score a try.

As of 2014, Wigan Warriors rugby league team have used it at the end of a home game at the DW Stadium if they have won.

Irish team Shamrock Rovers use it as their anthem.

Rangers FC used the song to sing about their striker Joe Garner with its fans trying to get it to Christmas number one in 2016. The song finished 31st on the UK Christmas charts, but topped the Scottish Singles Chart.[22][23]


It was released as a single by Australian band Hush in 1975 and reached number 8 on the Australian singles chart. It was also included on their 1975 album "Rough Tough 'N' Ready".

It was covered by The Rezillos on their debut album Can't Stand the Rezillos.

Quiet Riot covered the song in their 1978 self-titled debut.

In 1980, Olivia Pascal covered the song, as did Suzi Quatro on her Rock Hard album.[24]

Donnie Iris and the Cruisers recorded "Glad All Over" on their 1982 LP, The High and the Mighty.

Pet Shop Boys covered the song for a b-side to their 2010 single "Together".

Though it was never recorded in the studio, Dubuque, Iowa noise rock band Grainbelt covered the song many times during their raucous live performances.


  1. ^ a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 74–5. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ See List of number-one singles from the 1960s (UK).
  3. ^ a b c d "DC5 Worldwide Discography". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived 6 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Jahreshitparade Deutschland 1964". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "The 100 Best-Selling Singles of 1964". Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "The 100 Best-Selling Singles of 1963". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Jahreshitparade Deutschland 1964". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Glad All Over". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  10. ^ [2] Archived 6 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 5 March 1964
  12. ^ UK Official Charts, 27 November 1963
  13. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  14. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 25, 1964
  15. ^ "The 100 Best-Selling Singles of 1963". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  16. ^ David Kent's "Australian Chart Book 1940-1969"
  17. ^ "The 100 Best-Selling Singles of 1963". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 26, 1964
  20. ^ "Crystal Palace are Glad All Over to have gold disc". Croydon Advertiser. 25 November 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Songs Of The Stands: Crystal Palace F.C. - "Glad All Over"". 23 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  22. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 23 December 2016 - 29 December 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 July 2018. 
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 23 December 2016 - 29 December 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 July 2018. 
  24. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 785–6. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 

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