I Believe in a Thing Called Love

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"I Believe in a Thing Called Love"
I Believe in a Thing Called Love single cover.jpg
Single by the Darkness
from the album Permission to Land
B-side
  • "Makin' Out"
  • "Physical Sex"
  • "Out of My Hands"
Released22 September 2003 (2003-09-22)
StudioChapel (Lincolnshire, England)
GenreHard rock
Length3:40
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Pedro Ferreira
The Darkness singles chronology
"Growing on Me"
(2003)
"I Believe in a Thing Called Love"
(2003)
"Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)"
(2003)

"I Believe in a Thing Called Love" is a song by English rock band the Darkness, released as the third single from their debut studio album, Permission to Land. When released as a single in September 2003, it peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song also charted worldwide, becoming a top-10 hit in Ireland, New Zealand, and Sweden, as well as on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Background[edit]

"I Believe in a Thing Called Love" was originally issued as a 3-track EP in August 2002; however, as only a small number of copies were printed, it was ineligible to chart. The EP also included early versions of "Love on the Rocks With No Ice" and "Love Is Only a Feeling". When released as a single in September 2003, it was beaten to number one by The Black Eyed Peas' "Where Is the Love?".[1]

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" at number 47 in its list of the 101 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[citation needed] It was named the 276th best track of the 2000s by Pitchfork.[2] It is also placed 493 on The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born on Blender magazine[citation needed] and was ranked number one for Classic Rock Magazine's list of "The Greatest Rock Songs of the Noughties."[citation needed] The song was also named the 94th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[3] A live version of the song, recorded at Knebworth House in Knebworth, Hertfordshire in 2003, was featured as a B-side to the group's Christmas single, "Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)". In a 2020 poll, Classic Rock Magazine readers awarded the song the "Greatest Song of the Century (so far)."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

It has sold 647,000 copies in the United States as of February 2012.[5] Sales in the UK were 381,373 copies as of November 2017 according to the Official Charts Company.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was designed to launch the band onto the US market.[6] Directed by Alex Smith, the band are shown on a spaceship, performing and battling aliens and monsters.[7][8]

Track listings[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from the Permission to Land album booklet.[14]

Studios

  • Recorded at Chapel Studios (Lincolnshire, England)
  • Additional vocals recorded at Paul Smith Music Studios (London, England)
  • Mixed at Roundhouse Recording Studios (London, England)
  • Mastered at The Exchange (London, England)

Personnel

  • Justin Hawkins – writing, vocals, guitar, synthesizer, piano
  • Dan Hawkins – writing, guitar
  • Frankie Poullain – writing, bass
  • Ed Graham – writing, drums
  • Pedro Ferreira – production, mixing, engineering
  • Will Bartle – recording assistant
  • Nick Taylor – mixing assistant
  • Mike Marsh – mastering

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref(s).
United Kingdom 22 September 2003
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • DVD
[39][40]
United States 3 November 2003 [41]
2 February 2004 Contemporary hit radio [42]
Australia 22 March 2004 CD [43]

Cover versions[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

This song was featured as a playable track on the music video games Karaoke Revolution Volume 2, Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades and Dancing Stage Fusion; as source music in an episode of The Bill; and as part of the soundtracks for the films Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. The song was also featured on the original version of SingStar. It is featured in both Rocksmith and Rock Band 3 as downloadable content. The song was featured in a 2012 commercial during Super Bowl XLVI, for the Samsung Galaxy Note.[45] This propelled the song to the number one spot on U.S. iTunes rock chart.[46] The song also appeared in an Apple Music commercial featuring pop singer Taylor Swift in 2016. The song was also used by Tye Dillinger for a theme song for a little while, while he was in Ohio Valley Wrestling.

References[edit]

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