You Gotta Love Someone

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"You Gotta Love Someone"
Single by Elton John
from the album Days of Thunder (soundtrack) and The Very Best of Elton John
Released 31 August 1990
Format Vinyl record (7", 12"), audio cassette, CD
Recorded Los Angeles, July 1990
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:58
Label MCA, DJM, Rocket/Phonogram
Songwriter(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Don Was
Elton John singles chronology
"Club at the End of the Street"
"You Gotta Love Someone"
"Easier to Walk Away"
"Club at the End of the Street"
"You Gotta Love Someone"
"Easier to Walk Away"

"You Gotta Love Someone" is a 1990 song by Elton John, written by John along with Bernie Taupin and was released as a single from the Days of Thunder soundtrack; the single was also used to promote the Rocket Records 2-CD retrospective "The Very Best of Elton John," issued largely in overseas markets excluding the U.S., where the more expansive box set "To Be Continued..." was issued.[1] The single peaked at number forty-three on the Billboard Hot 100, but spent five weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, his tenth number one on the chart (which is found to be peculiar, as the single was not released in America.)

Produced by Don Was, "You Gotta Love Someone" and the three other tracks that close Disc 4 of "To Be Continued ..." (along with "Made For Me," "Easier To Walk Away" and "I Swear I Heard The Night Talking," the latter of which was released first as a b-side of the single in France), were all recorded in one take each (minus overdubs).[2] The tracks were also purported to be selections for a possible album project that was later abandoned.

Track listings[edit]

CD single / 12" single
  1. "You Gotta Love Someone"
  2. "Medicine Man"
  3. "Medicine Man" (Elton John with Adamski)
7" double A-side
  • A. "You Gotta Love Someone"
  • AA. "Sacrifice"
7" single
  • A. You Gotta Love Someone
  • B. Medicine Man
7" single (France)
  • A. You Gotta Love Someone
  • B. I Swear I Heard the Night Talking

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by Andy Morahan.[3] It is very similar overall to his 1993 video for Billy Joel's hit "The River of Dreams", with several elements from the earlier video (such as lighting, sets, locations, camera angles, tinting etc.) being re-used with very slight variations in the later one.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 128. 
  2. ^ Elizabeth Rosenthal, His Song: The Musical History of Elton John.
  3. ^ Garcia, Alex S. " - Elton John - "You gotta love someone"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
Preceded by
"From a Distance" by Bette Midler
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
December 15, 1990 – January 12, 1991
Succeeded by
"Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" by Stevie B