Puppy Love (Paul Anka song)

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"Puppy Love"
Puppy Love - Paul Anka.jpg
Single by Paul Anka
from the album Paul Anka Sings His Big 15
B-side"Adam & Eve"
ReleasedFebruary 13, 1960
FormatVinyl single, 12", cassette single
Songwriter(s)Paul Anka
Producer(s)Sid Feller
Paul Anka singles chronology
"It's Time To Cry"
"Puppy Love"
"My Home Town"

"Puppy Love" is a popular song written by Paul Anka in 1960 for Annette Funicello, whom he was dating at the time.[1] Anka's version reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Percy Faith's "Theme from A Summer Place"[2] and #33 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Donny Osmond version[edit]

"Puppy Love"
Single by Donny Osmond
from the album Portrait of Donny
B-side"Let My People Go"
ReleasedFebruary 19, 1972
RecordedSeptember 20, 1971
Songwriter(s)Paul Anka
Producer(s)Mike Curb
Don Costa[4]
Donny Osmond singles chronology
"Hey Girl"
"Puppy Love"
"Too Young"

Twelve years later the song was revived by Donny Osmond. It was released on February 19, 1972, and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 1, 1972. It peaked at #1 in April 1972 on both the Canadian RPM singles chart for three weeks and the UK Singles Chart for five weeks the following July.[5] Billboard ranked this version as the #67 song for 1972.[6] The song was also covered by British pop group S Club Juniors in 2002. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on March 24, 1972.

On March 15, 1972, DJ Robert W. Morgan played the Donny Osmond version for 90 minutes straight on KHJ in Los Angeles. After receiving numerous calls from listeners, LAPD raided the station studios. Confused, the officers left without making any arrests.[7]


Chart (1972) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 3


Country Certification Sales
United States Gold 1,000,000

In popular culture[edit]

Other cover versions[edit]




  • Los Únicos De México (1995)


  1. ^ "Puppy Love by Paul Anka Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  2. ^ Artist Biography by John Bush (1941-07-30). "Paul Anka | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  3. ^ "Paul Anka - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Images for Donny Osmond - Puppy Love". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01.
  5. ^ "Donny Osmond - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1972
  7. ^ "Triple A Radio". Archived from the original on August 10, 2014. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  8. ^ "Donny Osmond: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.

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