United We Stand (song)

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"United We Stand"
United We Stand single- Brotherhood Of Man.jpg
Single by The Brotherhood of Man
from the album United We Stand
B-side "A Little Bit of Heaven" (12")
Say A Prayer (7")
Released 23 January 1970
Genre Pop, soul
Length 2.52
Label Deram Records
Writer(s) Tony Hiller / Peter Simmons
Producer(s) Tony Hiller
The Brotherhood of Man singles chronology
"Love One Another"
"United We Stand"
"Where Are You Going to My Love"

"United We Stand" is a song written by Tony Hiller and Peter Simmons. It was first released in 1970 by The Brotherhood of Man (in their original, pre-Eurovision line-up), becoming the band's first hit, peaking at #13 in the U.S., #9 in Canada, and #10 in the U.K.[1] The song spent 15 weeks on the charts, and is ranked as the 64th biggest U.S. hit of 1970.[2] It also reached No.8 in Australia.[3]

Billboard Magazine gave the song a favourable review on 14 March 1970 calling it a "strong production" and (correctly) predicting it would become a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.[4]

It has been recorded by over 100 different artists.[5] In 1977, it was used as the closing theme song of the short-lived Brady Bunch Hour. Thirty years after the original 1970 hit it was popularised again by becoming a patriotic and spiritual anthem for many during the post 9/11 recovery. It has also been used as a football chant and by gay rights groups.[5][6] Taken literally, the song's lyrics convey two lovers who tell each other that no matter what hardships come their way, they will always be together. In general terms, it relates a message of strength in unity.

The song was later included on an album of the same name and was followed by another hit "Where are You Going to My Love".[7] A sound-alike cover appeared on the 1970 album Top of the Pops, Volume 10.[8] Irish Popstars winners Six also recorded a version which appears on their album. Phish closed out their three-night stand at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, on September 6, 2015,to end a 7-song encore with the song, playing to 26,000 people in attendance and a live stream on the Internet.[9]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1970/Top 100 Songs of 1970". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  3. ^ Australian charts - 1970
  4. ^ Billboard. Books.google.co.uk. 1970-03-14. p. 64. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  5. ^ a b "Tony Hiller and Brotherhood of Man : Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts.com. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  6. ^ "Lee Sheriden | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  8. ^ Dave Thompson. "Top of the Pops, Vol. 10 - Various Artists | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-03. 
  9. ^ "Phish Surprises With Rare 'Harpua' Encore And Bust Outs Galore In Spectacular Dick's Tour Closer". Live for Live Music. 7 September 2015.