Love Train

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"Love Train"
Single by The O'Jays
from the album Back Stabbers
B-side "Who Am I"
Released December 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre R&B, Philly soul, disco
Length 6:15 (Original 12" Version); 2:50 (single version)
Label Philadelphia International
Writer(s) Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Producer(s) Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Certification Gold
The O'Jays singles chronology
"992 Arguments"
"Love Train"
"Time to Get Down"

"Love Train" is a hit single by The O'Jays, written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Released in 1972, it reached number one on both the R&B Singles and the Hot 100, in February and March 1973 respectively,[1] and was certified gold by the RIAA.

It was The O'Jays' first and only number-one record on the U.S. pop chart. The song's lyrics of unity mention a number of countries, including England, Russia, China, Egypt and Israel, as well as the continent of Africa.

Recorded at Philadelphia's Sigma Sound Studios, the house band MFSB provided the backing. Besides its release as a single, "Love Train" was the last song on The O'Jays' album Back Stabbers.

Music video[edit]

The music video shows a group of people forming a chain near a railroad station, while at the same time, some railroad cars are shown in motion. Throughout the video, more people join in the chain, which they call the "Love Train". It was most likely filmed around the Northeast Corridor, as Long Island Rail Road MP75 railcars appear throughout the music video (in which the words "LONG ISLAND" are clearly visible), as well as Amtrak railcars and other railcars. Not much is known about the music video, although it was recorded in 1973.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

Hall & Oates covered the song for the 1989 soundtrack to the film Earth Girls Are Easy. The Rolling Stones played Love Train on their worldwide Licks Tour during 2002 and 2003. [3] In 2011, Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes covered the song as a bonus track on the Target limited edition of the soundtrack Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture.[4]

In Film[edit]

The original O'Jays version of the song was used for the soundtrack to the 2015 film The Martian. It is played at the end of the film, just before the final credits.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 438. 
  2. ^ "Love Train - The O' Jays". YouTube. 2008-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Love Train - The Rolling Stones". YouTube. 2012-10-12. 
  4. ^ Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Limited Edition Inckudes...

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Preceded by
"Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 24, 1973 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Preceded by
"Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" by The Spinners
Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles number-one single
February 17, 1973 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)" by Gladys Knight & the Pips