Love's Theme

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"Love's Theme"
Love Unlimited Orchestra's Theme US vinyl 7-inch 1973.jpg
Side A of the US single
Single by The Love Unlimited Orchestra
from the album Under the Influence of... Love Unlimited and Rhapsody in White
B-side"Sweet Moments"
ReleasedNovember 1973
Length(Single) 3:30 (Album) 4:08
Label20th Century/Pye International
Songwriter(s)Barry White
Producer(s)Barry White
The Love Unlimited Orchestra singles chronology
"Love's Theme"
"Rhapsody in White"
Music video
Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love's Theme (live at TopPop) on YouTube

"Love's Theme" is an instrumental piece written by Barry White in around 1965,[citation needed] and recorded and released as a single by White's The Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973. It is one of the few instrumental and purely orchestral singles to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, which it did in early 1974.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1974.[3] The piece was included on two albums: 1973's Under the Influence of... Love Unlimited (by the vocal group Love Unlimited) and 1974's Rhapsody in White by the Love Unlimited Orchestra.

The recording, with a large string orchestra, wah-wah guitar, and big rhythm, is considered to be an influence on the disco sound, which would explode in popularity the following year. The song was also popular on the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States, where it spent two weeks at No. 1. It also was a No. 1 on Cash Box. In Canada, the single saw similar success, reaching No. 1 on the RPM 100 National Singles Chart on March 2, 1974.[4]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Cover versions & samples[edit]

  • In addition, "Love's Theme" was also recorded in a vocal version by Love Unlimited (on their 1974 album In Heat).
  • Andy Williams released a vocal version in May 1974 that reached No. 16 on the adult contemporary chart in the United States.[22]
  • Enoch Light recorded an electro-disco instrumental version on his 1977 album, Disco Disque. The song is also part of
  • Meco's instrumental medley "Hooked On Instrumentals Part I" (from the 1985 album Hooked On Instrumentals).
  • In May 1993, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released the single "Dream of Me (Based on Love's Theme)" (from their album Liberator, released the same year) which used a sample of this Barry White composition. This single reached No. 24 on the UK Singles Chart, and Barry White was given a writing credit.

Popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Best of Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra - Love Unlimited Orchestra | Songs, Reviews, Credits at AllMusic
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 518.
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1974
  4. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2011-07-16.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "The Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love's Theme" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "CAN Charts > The Love Unlimited Orchestra". RPM. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1974-02-16. Retrieved 2018-09-26.
  9. ^ "The Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love's Theme" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 10 August 1974
  11. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Love Unlimited Orchestra: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "Love Unlimited Orchestra Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  14. ^ "Love Unlimited Orchestra Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  15. ^ "Love Unlimited Orchestra Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  16. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  17. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (January 16, 2018). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  18. ^ "Top 20 Hit Singles of 1974". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  19. ^ Top 50 Adult Contemporary Hits of 1974
  20. ^[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "American single certifications – Love Unlimited – Love's Theme". Recording Industry Association of America.
  22. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 258.
  23. ^ "Wiki for Barry White – Love's Theme". Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  24. ^ Action News close with the Harpers, followed by Editorial Feedback, 7/10/75 on YouTube

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