The Meaning of Love

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"The Meaning of Love"
Single by Depeche Mode
from the album A Broken Frame
B-side"Oberkorn (It's a Small Town)"
Released26 April 1982
FormatVinyl record (7" and 12")
CD (1991 box set)
Length3:05 (7"/single/album version)
4:59 (12" version)
Songwriter(s)Martin Gore
Producer(s)Depeche Mode and Daniel Miller
Depeche Mode singles chronology
"See You"
"The Meaning of Love"
"Leave in Silence"

"The Meaning of Love" is the fifth UK single by Depeche Mode released on 26 April 1982[1] and recorded at Blackwing Studios.

The single version of "The Meaning of Love" is the same as the album version from A Broken Frame. The "Fairly Odd Mix" features an unusual techno ditty after the second chorus.

The B-side is "Oberkorn (It's a Small Town)", an atmospheric instrumental written by Martin Gore as an intro for the A Broken Frame Tour, in the town of Oberkorn, Luxembourg. A longer version called the "Development Mix" features an ambient intro followed by the original song, and afterwards has a new arrangement of music.

The video for "The Meaning of Love" was the second video with Alan Wilder, although he did not contribute to the song. The director was Julien Temple. The video was not included on the Some Great Videos VHS compilation because it was not well-liked by the band.

The single was not released in the United States, but the 12" "Fairly Odd Mix" of the song features on the B-side of the "See You" US 12" single.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
German Singles Chart 64
Hungarian Singles Chart[2] 17
Irish Singles Chart[3] 17
Swedish Singles Chart[4] 16
UK Singles Chart[5] 12

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of " The Meaning of Love ":

7": Mute/7Mute22 (UK)

  1. "The Meaning of Love " – 3:05
  2. "Oberkorn (It's A Small Town)" – 4:07

12": Mute/12Mute22 (UK)

  1. "The Meaning of Love (Fairly Odd Mix)" – 4:59
  2. "Oberkorn (It's A Small Town) (Development Mix)" – 7:37

CD: Mute/CDMute22 (UK)1

  1. "The Meaning of Love " – 3:05
  2. "Oberkorn (It's A Small Town)" – 4:07
  3. "The Meaning of Love (Fairly Odd Mix/12" Version)" – 4:59
  4. "Oberkorn (It's A Small Town) (Development Mix)" – 7:37


  • 1:CD released in 1991


  1. ^ "The Meaning Of Love". Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Hungarian Singles Chart" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  3. ^ " search results for Depeche Mode". Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  4. ^ "". Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  5. ^ " search results for Depeche Mode". Retrieved 15 December 2008.

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