Is This Love (Bob Marley and the Wailers song)
|"Is This Love"|
|Single by Bob Marley and the Wailers|
|from the album Kaya|
|Label||Tuff Gong, Island|
|Bob Marley and the Wailers singles chronology|
"Is This Love" is a song by Bob Marley and the Wailers, released on their 1978 album Kaya. The song became one of the best-known Marley songs and was part of the Legend compilation. It peaked at number 9 in the UK charts upon its release in 1978.
A live rendition of the song can be found on the Babylon by Bus live album from Paris in 1978.
The following artists have covered the song:
- The Pat Travers Band, on their 1980 album Crash and Burn
- Carly Simon, on her 1983 album Hello Big Man
- Hawaiian reggae music group Three Plus, on their 2003 album 3+ 4 U. That album won the 2003 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Reggae Album of the Year. Their version of "Is This Love" is also included on the 2010 compilation album Putamayo Presents: Tribute To A Reggae Legend: Bob Marley.
- Scott Matthews, as a bonus track on his 2009 album Elsewhere
- Corinne Bailey Rae, on the 2011 EP The Love EP. This version was released as a single and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards.
- Rihanna covered the song during her first worldwide Good Girl Gone Bad Tour (2007—09). The performance is included in her DVD album Good Girl Gone Bad Live.
- Adam Lambert covered the song in an acoustic set in Sydney, Australia, in the summer of 2012, as well as in his 2013 "We Are Glamily" world tour.
- Allen Stone performed the Corinne Bailey Rae version of this song on the tour of his self-titled album, Allen Stone.
In popular culture
- The song is played in the movies In the Name of the Father (1993), Six Days Seven Nights (1998), Lake Placid (1999), 50 First Dates (2004) and Just Go With It (2011).
- The song is featured as the theme for the ending credits of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball as well as its sequel, Dead or Alive Xtreme 2.
- In the book Marley and Me, author John Grogan says that he and his wife Jenny came up with Marley's name when, during an argument about what to name their dog, Jenny walked to the tape deck and pushed play, and the song started playing.
- A reference to the song is made in the lyrics "Just like the song on our radio set / We’ll share the shelter of my single bed" from James Blunt's song "Stay the Night", the first single of the 2010 album Some Kind of Trouble.
- Bon Jovi's song "Lay Your Hands on Me" opens with the lyrics "you're ready, I'm willing, and able. Help me lay my cards down on the table", which bears a clear similarity to the lyrics of "Is This Love".
- In June 2016, it was remixed by LVNDSCAPE and Leon Bolier, and the remix version reached #16 single in the UK.
"Is This Love"
"Is This Love" featuring LVNDSCAPE and Bolier
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||600,000|
sales+streaming figures based on certification alone
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