The Power of Love (Huey Lewis and the News song)

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"The Power of Love"
Huey Lewis Power of Love US Cover.PNG
Single by Huey Lewis and the News
from the album Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack and Fore! (European and Japanese edition)
B-side "Bad Is Bad"
Released June 1985
Format 7-inch, 12-inch
Recorded May 30, 1985
Genre Pop rock, hard rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 3:53
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla
Producer(s) Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News singles chronology
"Walking on a Thin Line"
"The Power of Love"
"Stuck with You"
French-language cover
French 7-inch single cover.

"The Power of Love", also called "Power of Love",[1] is a 1985 single by Huey Lewis and the News, written for and featured in the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future. It gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[2] their second number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart, and was a top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart, where it appeared on UK editions of the band's fourth studio album, Fore!. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 58th Academy Awards, but lost to Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me".

Use in Back to the Future[edit]

The song appears early in Back to the Future as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) skateboards to school. Later in the film, McFly and his band play a hard rock version of the song for a Battle of the Bands audition (at which a character played by Huey Lewis himself is judging, and tells Marty's group that they are "just too darn loud"), and later when Marty returns to his neighborhood. In the sequel, Back to the Future Part II, the 2015 version of Marty attempts to play the song on his guitar just after being fired, but ends up playing it very poorly due to his damaged hand from his 1985 accident with a Rolls-Royce. Finally, it can be briefly heard playing in the car where Needles and his buddies are driving when Needles challenges Marty to the fate-determining car race near the end of Back to the Future Part III.

The music video shows the band playing in a nightclub with Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) showing up in his DeLorean, apparently after time-traveling, and a couple stealing it for a joy ride.

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

"The Power of Love" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 46 for the week ending June 29, 1985, with Billboard calling the song "an out-of-the-box monster hit".[3]

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Denisoff, R. Serge; Romanowski, William D. (1991). Risky Business: Rock in Film. Transaction Publishers. p. 495. 
  2. ^ a b DeKnock, Jan (August 23, 1985). "Huey Lewis and the News Rise to No. 1 Spot on 'Power of Love'". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Retrieved January 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. 97 (26): 64, 67. June 29, 1985. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ (Retrieved September 17, 2012)
  5. ^ source: Pennanen, Timo: Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava, 2006. ISBN 9789511210535. page: 280
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  7. ^ ""Power of Love" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. November 22, 1985. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  8. ^ "15, 1986/ Archive Chart: March 15, 1986" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  9. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 91. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  11. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Singles of 1985". RPM. December 28, 1985. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
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  13. ^ "1985 The Year in Music – Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 97 (52): T–21. December 28, 1985. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Top 100 Singles". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 24. January 24, 1987. 
  15. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love". Music Canada. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  16. ^ "British single certifications – Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Power of Love 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
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  18. ^ "The Hold Steady covers Huey Lewis & The News". Retrieved March 24, 2013.