Love Hurts

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"Love Hurts"
Song by The Everly Brothers
from the album A Date with The Everly Brothers
RecordedJuly 1960
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s)Boudleaux Bryant

"Love Hurts" is a song written and composed by the American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant. First recorded by the Everly Brothers in July 1960, the song is also well known from a 1975 international hit version by the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth and in the UK a top five hit in 1975 by the English singer Jim Capaldi.


The song was introduced in December 1960 as an album track on A Date with The Everly Brothers, but was never released as a single (A-side or B-side) by the Everlys. The first hit version of the song was by Roy Orbison, who earned Australian radio play, hitting the Top Five of that country's singles charts in 1961. A recording by Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons was included on Parsons' posthumously released Grievous Angel album. After Parsons' 1973 death, Harris made the song a staple of her repertoire, and has included it in her concert set lists from the 1970s to the present. Harris has since re-recorded the song twice. Jennifer Warnes released a version on her self-titled album in 1976.

The most successful recording of the song was by hard rock band Nazareth, who took the song to the U.S. Top 10 in 1975 and hit number one in Norway and the Netherlands. In the UK the most successful version of the song was by former Traffic member Jim Capaldi, who took it to number four in the charts in November 1975 during an 11-week run. The song was also covered by Cher in 1975 for her album Stars. Cher re-recorded the song in 1991 for her album of the same name. Joan Jett included a version of the song on her 1990 album, The Hit List, a covers compilation. Rod Stewart recorded the song in 2006 for his album Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time which was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The bluegrass version appearing in both the Deadpool 2 "Super Duper Cut" and the "Once Upon A Deadpool" DVD, during the montages featuring the titular character's failed suicide attempts following Vanessa's death, was first recorded by The Osborne Brothers for their 1977 Release "From Rocky Top To Muddy Bottom: The Songs Of Boudleaux & Felice Bryant".[1]

Jazz guitarist Julian Lage performs the song on his 2019 album of the same name.

Roy Orbison version[edit]

"Love Hurts"
Single by Roy Orbison
A-side"Running Scared"
Songwriter(s)Boudleaux Bryant
Producer(s)Fred Foster

Roy Orbison covered "Love Hurts" in 1961 and issued it as the B-side to "Running Scared." While "Running Scared" was an international hit, the B-side only picked up significant airplay in Australia. Consequently, chart figures for Australia show "Running Scared"/"Love Hurts" as a double A-Side, both sides peaking at No. 5. This makes Orbison's recording of "Love Hurts" the first version to be a hit.

Chart (1961) Peak
Australia 5

Jim Capaldi version[edit]

"Love Hurts"
Jim Capaldi Love Hurts.png
Single by Jim Capaldi
from the album Short Cut Draw Blood
B-side"Sugar Honey"
Released1975 (1975)
Songwriter(s)Boudleaux Bryant
Producer(s)Steve Smith
Jim Capaldi singles chronology
"It's All Up to You"
"Love Hurts"
"Goodbye Love"

Jim Capaldi reached number 4 in the UK charts with his interpretation of "Love Hurts" in November 1975, which was to prove his highest charting UK single.[2] Described by Rolling Stone as having "a sense of pain very different from Roy Orbison's."[3] the single also charted in the US,[4] Germany,[5] and Sweden.[6]

Chart (1975–76) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 6
Canada RPM Top Singles[8] 15
Germany 42
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 8
South Africa (Springbok)[10] 13
Sweden 16
UK 4
U.S. 97

Nazareth version[edit]

"Love Hurts"
Nazareth Love Hurts.png
Single by Nazareth
from the album Hair of the Dog
ReleasedJanuary 1975
3:03 (U.S. single)
Songwriter(s)Boudleaux Bryant
Producer(s)Manny Charlton
Nazareth singles chronology
"This Flight Tonight"
"Love Hurts"
"Shanghai'd in Shanghai"

Performed as a power ballad,[12] the Nazareth version is the most popular version of the song and the only rendition of "Love Hurts" to become a hit single in the United States, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1976. Billboard ranked it as the No. 23 song for 1976.[13] As part of the "Hot Tracks (EP)" it also reached No. 41 in the UK in 1977.[14] Nazareth's version was an international hit, peaking at No. 1 in Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa and Norway. The Nazareth single was so successful in Norway that it charted for 61 weeks on the Norwegian charts (VG-lista Top 10), including 14 weeks at No. 1, making it the top single of all time in that country.[15]

A later recording by Nazareth, featuring the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, peaked at No. 89 in Germany.

The lyrics of the song were changed for Nazareth's 1975 recording, where the original line "love is like a stove/it burns you when it's hot" was changed to "love is like a flame/it burns you when it's hot".

Cher covered this version for her 1991 album of the same name.


The song was used in an advertisement for Esurance,[16] and also in a series of advertisements by Zurich.[17]

A cover was sung by Nan Vernon for the film Halloween II.

The song has been featured in several video games, and films, including Click, The Doors, Wayne's World, Josie and the Pussycats, Sid and Nancy, This Is Spinal Tap, Airheads, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Dude, Where's My Car?, Empire Records, High Fidelity, Dazed and Confused, Rock Star, The Rocker, The Full Monty, Napoleon Dynamite, Monkeybone, Idiocracy, Speed, Lethal Weapon 4, Exit Wounds, Mad Max: Fury Road, Guitar Hero II, Rock Band 3, Barnyard, Flushed Away, Halloween, Detroit Rock City, Chicken Little, and Toy Story 3.

The song was featured in a dream sequence in Season 4, Episode 24 of That '70s Show, in which Fez daydreams that the characters Eric, Donna, Kelso and Jackie are performing the song after they hurt his feelings. Also featured in the film Dazed and Confused during the junior high dance.[citation needed]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1975–77) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[18] 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[19] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[20] 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[21] 1
Denmark 2
Euro Hit 50 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[22] 30
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[23] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[24] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[25] 1
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[26] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 6
UK Singles (OCC)[28] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[29] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Cher version[edit]

"Love Hurts"
Cher Love Hurts single.jpg
Single by Cher
from the album Love Hurts
B-side"One Small Step"
GenrePop rock
Songwriter(s)Boudleaux Bryant
Producer(s)Richie Zito
Cher singles chronology
"Save Up All Your Tears"
"Love Hurts"
"Could've Been You"
Audio sample

Cher recorded her first version in 1975 for the album Stars, but did not release this version as a single. She later recorded a second version in 1991 for her album of the same name. This version was a cover of Nazareth's version. The single became a minor hit in the UK in December 1991.

Chart (1991) Peak
Denmark (Tracklisten)[32] 8
Poland (LP3)[33] 21
UK Singles (OCC)[34] 43

Live performances[edit]

Cher performed the song on the following concert tours:

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Marsh, Dave (11 March 1976). "Album review". Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-12.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link), Rolling Stone.
  4. ^ Jim Capaldi in the Billboard charts, Allmusic. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Jim Capaldi / Single". Music Line (in German). Germany: Media Control Charts. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Love Hurts" in the Swedish charts, Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1976-04-03. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love Hurts". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  11. ^ Phil Hardy (1995). The Da Capo Companion to 20th-century Popular Music. Da Capo Press. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-306-80640-7.
  12. ^ SPIN Media LLC (June 1995). SPIN. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 104–. ISSN 0886-3032.
  13. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1976
  14. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 388. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  15. ^ a b "BEST OF ALL TIME – SINGLES". VG-lista. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  16. ^ "Esurance TV Commercial, 'The Pain Won't Last Long' Song By Nazareth". Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  17. ^ "Zurich Film Advert By McCann: True Love, Warmth: Ads of the World™". Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 36. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was authorized by ARIA from 1970 to 1988.
  19. ^ " – Nazareth – LOVE HURTS" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  20. ^ " – Nazareth – LOVE HURTS" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  21. ^ "RPM - Library and Archives Canada - RPM - Bibliothèque et Archives Canada". Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  22. ^ " - Nazareth - Love Hurts". Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  23. ^ " – Nazareth – LOVE HURTS" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  24. ^ " – Nazareth – LOVE HURTS". Top 40 Singles.
  25. ^ " – Nazareth – LOVE HURTS". VG-lista.
  26. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  27. ^ " – Nazareth – LOVE HURTS". Singles Top 100.
  28. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  29. ^ "Nazareth Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  30. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Love Hurts". Music Canada.
  31. ^ "American single certifications – Love Hurts". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  32. ^ " – Cher – Walking in Memphis". Tracklisten. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  33. ^ "Notowanie nr523" (in Polish). LP3. February 28, 1992. Retrieved February 28, 2019. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  34. ^ "Cher: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 28, 2015.

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