United We Stand (song)

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"United We Stand"
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][2]

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.[3]

It has been recorded by over 100 different artists.[4] 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.[4][5] 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".[6] A sound-alike cover appeared on the 1970 album Top of the Pops, Volume 10.[7] Irish Popstars winners Six also recorded a version which appears on their album.