Love Song for a Vampire

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"Love Song for a Vampire"
Love song for a vampire.jpg
Single by Annie Lennox
from the album Dracula soundtrack
A-side "Little Bird"
Released 13 February 1993
Format CD single
Genre Rock
Length 4:17
Label BMG (UK)
Columbia (US)
Arista (US)
Writer(s) Annie Lennox
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"Cold"
(1992)
"Little Bird" / "Love Song for a Vampire"
(1993)
"No More I Love You's"
(1995)
Music video
"Love Song for a Vampire" on YouTube

"Love Song for a Vampire" is a song composed and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox. It was recorded as the theme song to Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film adaptation of Dracula. The song is used in the end credits of the film.

Music video[edit]

The video features a pregnant Annie Lennox, seen in a dark garden very similar to Lucy Westenra's in the film, and wearing a similar white dress. As she sings, several excerpts from the film are shown, and the video ends as what appears to be holy light shines upon her, very similar to what happens during Dracula's death at the film's end.

Release[edit]

In the UK, the song was the biggest hit of the double-A sided single with Lennox's track "Little Bird" from her album Diva. It reached number three on the UK Singles Chart in early 1993, while in the US, it reached number 24 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

It reappeared in 1995 on the UK CD single 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' (RCA 74321 284822), alongside Lennox's covers of The Psychedelic Furs' 'Heaven' and Blondie's '(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear'.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Annie Lennox unless otherwise noted.

CD: Arista / 07822 12522 2 (US)[edit]

  1. "Little Bird" (edit) – 4:32
  2. "Love Song for a Vampire (From Bram Stoker's Dracula)" – 4:16
  3. "Why" – 5:04 *
  4. "The Gift" (Lennox/Buchanan, Bell, Moore) – 4:36 *
  5. "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart" (Lennox/Stewart) – 4:06 *

CD: BMG / 74321 13383 2 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Little Bird" – 4:39
  2. "Love Song for a Vampire (From Bram Stoker's Dracula)" – 4:17
  3. "Little Bird" (Utah Saints version) – 6:35
  4. "Little Bird" (N'Joi version) – 4:46

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 38
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[2] 5
France (SNEP)[3] 10
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 29
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 3
Italy (Hit Parade)[6] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 33
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[8] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 3
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 24

Note[edit]

In Europe and Australasia, "Love Song for a Vampire" was released as a double A-side single with "Little Bird".

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Covers[edit]

  • The German Discjockey Pulsedriver covered the song in 2003 on his Night Moves album.[13]
  • Israeli singer Noa Dori covered the song in 2003 on Café de l' art – Volume 4 Cinema album by Notis Mavroudis and Panagiotis Margaris.[14]
  • Alea covered the song in 2000 on the album La Musica De Los Dioses – Volume 3.[15]
  • KnightsBridge covered the song in 2010 on their album Movie Hits of the 1990s – Vol. 3.[16]
  • Tombstones covered the song in 2001 on the album Wolfman Jack's Halloween Special: Rock 'N' Roll Party.[17]
  • The Countdown Singers covered the song in 1995 on their Movie Hits album.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Annie Lennox – Little Bird". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lescharts.com – Annie Lennox – Love Song for a Vampire" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Annie Lennox – Why". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Annie Lennox". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  6. ^ "HitParadeItalia - Lennox, Annie" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Annie Lennox – Little Bird". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  8. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Annie Lennox – Little Bird / Love Song for a Vampire". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Annie Lennox: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Annie Lennox – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Annie Lennox. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Annie LennoxDion – Little Bird / Song for a Vampire". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Little Bird / Song for a Vampire in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  13. ^ Pulsedriver - Night Moves at Discogs.com
  14. ^ (Greek) Café de l' art Volume IV Cinema at mavroudis.edu
  15. ^ La Música de los Dioses, Vol. 3 Various Artists at Discogs.com
  16. ^ Movie Hits of the 1990s Vol.3 Knightsbridge at iTunes
  17. ^ Love Song for a Vampire - Tombstones at Billboard.com
  18. ^ Movie Hits - The Countdown Singers at Allmusic.com

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