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

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"The Power of Love"
Single by Huey Lewis and the News
from the album Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "Bad Is Bad"
Released June 1985
Format 7-inch, 12-inch
Recorded May 30, 1985
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:53
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla
Producer(s) Huey Lewis and the News
Certification Gold (RIAA)[1]
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",[2] 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,[3] 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.

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".[4]

Cover versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Power of Love, Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  2. ^ Denisoff, R. Serge; Romanowski, William D. (1991). Risky Business: Rock in Film. Transaction Publishers. p. 495. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Singles". Billboard 97 (26): 64, 67. June 29, 1985. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ (Retrieved September 17, 2012)
  6. ^ source: Pennanen, Timo: Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava, 2006. ISBN 9789511210535. page: 280
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  8. ^ ""Power of Love" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. November 22, 1985. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  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. 
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  12. ^ "1985 The Year in Music – Top Pop Singles". Billboard 97 (52): T–21. December 28, 1985. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ "The Hold Steady covers Huey Lewis & The News". Retrieved March 24, 2013.