Sauver l'amour

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"Sauver l'amour"
Sauver l'amour.jpg
Single by Daniel Balavoine
from the album Sauver l'amour
B-side "Petite Angèle"
Released 18 March 1986[1]
Format 7" single
Recorded 1985, Highland Studios, Scotland
Genre Pop
Length 4:15
5:45 (remix version)
Label Barclay
Songwriter(s) Daniel Balavoine
Producer(s) Andy Scott
Daniel Balavoine singles chronology
"Sauver l'amour"
"Aimer est plus fort que d'être aimé"
"Sauver l'amour"
"Aimer est plus fort que d'être aimé"

"Sauver l'amour" is a 1985 song recorded by French singer Daniel Balavoine. It was the second single from his eighth and last album of the same name and was released posthumously in March 1986. It was a hit in France, although it was not as successful as the previous song, "L'Aziza".

Music, lyrics and versions[edit]

Written and composed by Daniel Balavoine, the song deals with various situations of war and misery in the Third World (at that time, the famine ravaged the Ethiopia and there were some conflicts as the war in Iran / Iraq) and the music video shows certain of these situations. The verses use the same form of words to rhyme, but each verse has "its own identity through its musical color". "The first [verse] is smooth, in contrast with the second one in which percussion are very marked".[2]

The song is also available on Balavoine's posthumous greatest hits compilations Sans frontières (2005) on which it appears also in a remixed version, and Les 50 plus belles chansons (2008).

Charts performances and covers[edit]

In France, the single went to #16 on 16 April 1986 on the SNEP chart, and reached number five seven weeks later. It totaled 18 weeks.[3] With about 360,000 units sold, the song is currently the 941st best-selling single of all time.[4]

"Sauver l'amour" was covered in 2005 by Star Academy 5 (France) on its album Chante Daniel Balavoine.[5] and also by Valérie Dall'Anese. Some members of Les Enfoirés performed the song which was included in their 1997 album Le Zénith des Enfoirés.[6]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
No. Title Length
1. "Sauver l'amour" 4:15
2. "Petite Angèle" 4:48
Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Sauver l'amour" 4:22
2. "Sauver l'amour" (remix) 5:45


Chart (1986) Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 5


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  2. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, 2002, p. 77 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  3. ^ a b ""Sauver l'amour", French Singles Chart". Lescharts. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Best-selling singles of all time in France". 2009-07-31. 
  5. ^ "Chante Daniel Balavoine, track listing and charts". Lescharts. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  6. ^ ""Sauver l'amour", by Les Enfoirés" (in French). Les Enfoirés. Retrieved 1 January 2010.