Is This Love (Bob Marley & The Wailers song)

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"Is This Love"
Single by Bob Marley and the Wailers
from the album Kaya
Released 1978
Recorded 1977-1978
Genre Reggae
Length 3:52
Label Tuff Gong Island
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Bob Marley and the Wailers singles chronology
"Waiting in Vain" "Is This Love"
"Satisfy My Soul"
Kaya track listing
"Is This Love"
"Sun Is Shining"

"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.

Bob Marley's bed in Nine Mile, Jamaica, which was the inspiration for "We'll share the shelter of my single bed" in the song "Is This Love".

A live rendition of the song can be found on the Babylon by Bus live album from Paris in 1978.

Music video[edit]

A music video was also produced, shot at the Keskidee Arts Centre in London; in the video, supermodel Naomi Campbell, then seven years old, made her first appearance in the public eye.[1][2][3][4]

In popular culture[edit]

The original multi-tracks of this song have been made available in collectors' circles and on the Internet.

  • Scott Matthews has the song as a bonus track on his album Elsewhere.
  • In 2003, it was covered by Three Plus, a Hawaiian reggae music group. Three Plus's album 3+ 4 U, which featured the cover, won the 2003 Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawaii's equivalent to The Grammys) for Reggae Album of the Year. Their version of "Is This Love" is also featured on the 2010 compilation album Putamayo Presents: Tribute To A Reggae Legend: Bob Marley.
  • In 2006, it was covered by Karen Lane and Paul Malsom on their album Can't Help It, 33JAZZ141.
  • 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".
  • Allen Stone performs the Corinne Bailey Rae version of this song on the tour of his self-titled album, Allen Stone.
  • 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.[6]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance
Succeeded by