Love Is in the Air (song)

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"Love Is in the Air"
Love Is In The Air John Paul Young.jpg
Artwork for some continental European territories (French vinyl release pictured)
Single by John Paul Young
from the album Love Is in the Air
B-side "Won't Let this Feeling Go By" (International/Australia)
"Where the Action Is" (U.S.)
Released December 1977 (International)
July 1978 (Australia)/US
Format 7", 45rpm
Recorded 1977
Genre Disco
Length 5:16 (original album version)
3:23 (single edit)
Label Albert Productions, Ariola, Scotti Brothers Records
Songwriter(s) Harry Vanda, George Young
Producer(s) Harry Vanda, George Young
John Paul Young singles chronology
"Where the Action Is"
(1977)
"Love Is in the Air"
(1977)
"The Day That My Heart Caught Fire"
(1978)
"Where the Action Is"
(1977)
"Love Is in the Air"
(1977)
"The Day That My Heart Caught Fire"
(1978)

"Love Is in the Air" is a 1977 disco song sung by John Paul Young. The song was written by George Young and Harry Vanda and it became a worldwide hit in 1978, peaking at No. 3 on the Australian charts and No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 7 on the pop chart and spent two weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart, his only US top 40 hit.[1]

The song was released as the lead single from Young's fourth studio album, Love Is in the Air (1978).

A Spanish version has been recorded under the name, "El Amor Está En El Aire".

Overview[edit]

John Paul Young said of the recording, "We actually did 'Love Is in the Air' because we needed something for the German market. 'Standing in the Rain' became a hit in the clubs over there and then on the charts, so we needed a follow-up. I'd been to Germany and heard the music. It was electronic mania, all clicks and electronic buzzes. So George and Harry gave it the treatment."[2]

"Love Is in the Air" was the theme song to Baz Luhrmann's 1992 debut feature film Strictly Ballroom.

Young performed the song at the Closing Ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

The song is regularly sung at football matches by supporters of Dundee United.

Track listings[edit]

European 7" single (Ariola 11 705 AT)

  • Side A "Love Is in the Air" - 3:27
  • Side B "Won't Let This Feeling Go By" - 3:11

Australian 7" (Albert Productions 11710)

  • Side A "Love Is in the Air" - 3:27
  • Side B "Won't Let This Feeling Go By" - 3:11

US 7" (Scotti Brothers SB 402)

Chart performance[edit]

1992 (Ballroom mix)[edit]

"Love Is in the Air (Ballroom mix)"
Love is in the Air 1992 by JPY.jpg
Single by John Paul Young
from the album Strictly Ballroom
Released August 1992
Format CD single
Genre Disco
Length 4:13 (Ballroom mix)
Label Albert Productions, Columbia Records
Songwriter(s) Harry Vanda, George Young
Producer(s) David Hirschfelder
John Paul Young singles chronology
"Don't Sing that Song"
(1989)
"Love Is in the Air (Ballroom mix)"
(1992)
"Standing in the Rain"
(1992)
"Don't Sing that Song"
(1989)
"Love Is in the Air"
(1992)
"Standing in the Rain"
(1992)

"Love Is in the Air (Ballroom mix)" was released in August 1992 as the lead single from the Strictly Ballroom soundtrack (1992).

Track listing[edit]

Australian/ New Zealand CD single (658085 2)
  1. "Love Is in the Air" (Ballroom Mix) - 4:13
  2. "Scott & Fran's Paso Doble" - 3:56
European remix single (Columbia – 658426 8)
  1. "Love Is in the Air" (Strictly Dance Mix) - 8:27
  2. "Love Is in the Air" (Strictly Dance Instrumental) - 5:00
  3. "Love Is in the Air" (Ballroom Mix) - 4:13

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly chart[edit]

Chart (1992/93) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
ARIA Singles Chart[20] 31

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1978, Canadian artist Martin Stevens covered "Love Is in the Air". Stevens's version debuted on the Canadian chart on the w/c October 7, 1978, chart at no. 11, six weeks after John Paul Young's version which was no. 12 at that point. Next week they shared the 10th-place position, and were listed at the same position for the remainder of both versions' run of the CHUM chart. Both versions stayed on the chart until the end of November.
  • In 1979 Tom Jones
  • 1989 Gary Barlow under the stage name of Kurtis Rush.
  • In 1997, the song was covered by Krush featuring Simon Green.
  • In 2007, the song was also covered by Rupert Everett and Colin Firth for the movie St. Trinian's.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Jeff Jenkins (2007). 50 Years of Rock in Australia. Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishing. p. 293. ISBN 9781921332111. 
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – John Paul Young – Love Is in the Air" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – John Paul Young – Love Is in the Air" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – John Paul Young search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Musicline.de – John Paul Young Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – John Paul Young – Love Is in the Air". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – John Paul Young – Love Is in the Air". VG-lista. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – John Paul Young – Love Is in the Air". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – John Paul Young – Love Is in the Air". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  11. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  12. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  13. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  14. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1978 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1978-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  15. ^ "Top 100 1978 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  16. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-11-03. 
  18. ^ "Australian-charts.com – John Paul Young – Love Is in the Air". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – John Paul Young – Love Is in the Air". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1992". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1992 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 

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