Glory of Love

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For the song written by Billy Hill, see The Glory of Love (song).
"Glory of Love"
Single by Peter Cetera
from the album Solitude/Solitaire
Released June 1986
Format 7"
Recorded 1986
Genre Pop rock, soft rock[1]
Length 4:20
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Peter Cetera, David Foster and Diane Nini
Producer(s) Michael Omartian
Peter Cetera singles chronology
"Livin' in the Limelight"
"Glory of Love"
"The Next Time I Fall"

"Glory of Love" is a 1986 song by Peter Cetera written and composed by Cetera, David Foster, and Cetera's then-wife Diane Nini, and recorded by Cetera shortly after he left the band Chicago to pursue a solo career. Featured in the 1986 film The Karate Kid Part II, it was Cetera's first hit single after he left the team, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] and it was included on his 1986 album, Solitude/Solitaire, which Michael Omartian produced.[3] (Cetera released this album to coincide with the theatrical release of The Karate Kid Part II.)

According to Cetera, he originally wrote and composed "Glory of Love" as the end title for the 1985 film Rocky IV, but was passed over by United Artists, and instead it was used as the theme for The Karate Kid Part II.[4][5]

"Glory of Love" peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 2, 1986, remaining in that spot for two weeks. It also spent five weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart.[6] The song achieved similar success in the UK, peaking at number three on the UK Singles Chart,[7] where it was the 26th best-selling single of 1986.

The version released as a single and featured on Cetera's album Solitude/Solitaire is edited, missing the beginning eight-second section of the song's bridge which is heard in The Karate Kid Part II. He performed a shortened version of the song live at the 59th Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Monday, March 30, 1987 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.[8][9]


The song earned nominations in 1986 for an Academy Award for Best Original Song,[9] and a Golden Globe in the category of Best Original Song.[10] It was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1987 for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Male Artist.[11]

It went on to win an ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from a Motion Picture[12] and a BMI Film & TV Award for Most Performed Song from a Film.[13]

Music video[edit]

The music video by Peter Cetera is set in a dojo, with cut and fade scenes of the movie The Karate Kid Part II throughout.[14]


Cover versions[edit]

References in other media[edit]

  • In one episode of the recurring Saturday Night Live sketch "Jarret's Room", DJ Johnathan Feinstein (played by Seth Meyers), plays a sample of "Glory of Love" to open for each walk-on character. He admits that The Karate Kid Part II soundtrack was the only music he had since he had to pack up his dorm to move out of the residence halls.


Charts Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18] 19
Germany (Official German Charts)
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[19] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 25
Norway (VG-lista)[21] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7]
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[24] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 1


  1. ^ "Soft Rock: 36 Classic Rock Ballads". Retrieved 2015-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Charts Archive: The Hot 100 - 1986 Archive". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  3. ^ Solitude/Solitaire (audio CD liner notes). Peter Cetera. USA: Warner Brothers Records, Inc. 1986. 9 25474-2. 
  4. ^ Interview with Peter Cetera (YouTube). Singapore: Channel NewsAsia. September 13, 2013. Event occurs at 5:25. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ Hook, Chris (December 2, 2015). "For Chicago frontman and Glory Of Love singer Peter Cetera it's all about the songs". The Daily Telegraph. Sydney, Australia. Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 50. 
  7. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 8-2-1986". UK Singles Chart. 
  8. ^ Hunt, Dennis (March 28, 1987). "Cetera Pays High Price For His Solo Successes". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California, USA. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "THE 59TH ACADEMY AWARDS 1987". Retrieved January 28, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Glory Of Love". Retrieved 2017-01-15. 
  11. ^ "Grammy Nominees". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, FL. February 22, 1987. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  12. ^ "ASCAP's 1987 Film & Television Music Awards". Billboard. Vol. 99 no. 19. May 9, 1987. p. 5 Billboard May 9, 1987, at 
  13. ^ "BMI Honors Most-Performed Songs". Billboard. Vol. 99 no. 22. May 30, 1987. p. 4,84 Billboard May 30, 1987, at 
  14. ^ Musikvideo on YouTube
  15. ^ Billboard Article
  16. ^ Fringemunks Web site
  17. ^ " – Peter Cetera – Glory of Love" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  18. ^ " – Peter Cetera – Glory of Love" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  19. ^ " – Peter Cetera – Glory of Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  20. ^ " – Peter Cetera – Glory of Love". Top 40 Singles.
  21. ^ " – Peter Cetera – Glory of Love". VG-lista.
  22. ^ " – Peter Cetera – Glory of Love". Singles Top 100.
  23. ^ " – Peter Cetera – Glory of Love". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Peter Cetera – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Peter Cetera.
  25. ^ "Peter Cetera – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Peter Cetera.

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Preceded by
"Your Wildest Dreams" by The Moody Blues
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
July 19, 1986 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Words Get in the Way" by Miami Sound Machine
Preceded by
"Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 2–9, 1986
Succeeded by
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
Preceded by
"Papa Don't Preach" by Madonna
Canadian RPM number-one single
August 23–30, 1986
Succeeded by
"Mad About You" by Belinda Carlisle