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"You Got the Love"
You Got the Love.jpg
Single by Candi Staton
Released8 December 1986 (1986-12-08)
  • Anthony B. Stephens
  • Arnecia Michelle Harris
  • John Bellamy
"You Got the Love"
The Source (Feat. Candi Staton) - You Got The Love.jpg
Single by The Source featuring Candi Staton
  • 21 January 1991 (1991-01-21) (UK)
  • 17 February 1997 (1997-02-17) (Now Voyager Mix)
  • 6 February 2006 (2006-02-06) (New Voyager Mix, UK)
  • 4:02 (Radio Edit)
  • 3:31 (Now Voyager Radio Mix)
  • 3:12 (New Voyager Radio Edit)
  • Anthony B. Stephens
  • Arnecia Michelle Harris
  • John Bellamy
Producer(s)The Source
Music video
"You Got the Love" (1997 version) on YouTube

"You Got the Love" is a 1986 single by Candi Staton. It was then remixed by The Source and re-released in 1991 as 'The Source and Candi Staton'.[1]

In 2008, the song was covered by English singer and songwriter Joss Stone for her fourth studio album, Colour Me Free!, released in October 2009. In November 2009, another cover version was released as a single by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine. The Now Voyager Remix of the song was used for the theme tune of live Football League coverage on Sky Sports until the start of the 2014–15 season.


The original version is a soul/disco/gospel track (released in the UK by Streetwave in 1986) written by Anthony B. Stephens, Arnecia Michelle Harris and John Bellamy. The original Candi Staton track had been recorded for a direct-to-video 1980s documentary about an obese man who was trying to lose weight. Candi said she couldn't remember having recorded a song called "You Got the Love". It was only later that she realised she had performed the song years earlier for the documentary. The producers of the video had selected the song for her to sing, but as they had no funds to pay her, they donated half of the copyright and publishing to Candi.[2] It featured an a cappella version utilised by Paul Simpson for a remix of the Adeva song "Musical Freedom" in 1989.[citation needed]

The Candi Staton a cappella was originally mixed over an instrumental version of the Frankie Knuckles/Jamie Principle house song "Your Love" This bootleg release was a recording of Eren mixing the two pieces of vinyl together. This version was mixed in the studio by Eren Abdullah.

The DJ Eren Original mix reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart. It was remixed and re-issued in 1996 (including the Now Voyager mix), this time reaching number 3, the song's highest position, and then re-issued again in 2006 with new mixes by the Shapeshifters among others, reaching number 7. The 2006 mix also featured more lyrics than the first two versions.

The Original Bootleg Radio Mix of the track was featured in the film Layer Cake in the club where Sidney talks to the film's protagonist as he looks on at Sidney's girlfriend.

The "Now Voyager mix" (released in 1997) of the track was used on the series finale of the HBO comedy dramedy series Sex and the City.


In 2007, Manchester band The Longcut recorded a version as part of their double A-Side release on Melodic Records

Florence and the Machine's version was released 16 November 2009, from the acclaimed album "Lungs". This version of the track was used in the last scene of the series finale of the CW drama series Gossip Girl "New York, I Love You XOXO".[3]

Impact and legacy[edit]

Mixmag ranked the song number 38 in its 100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time list in 1996, adding:

Time Out listed the song number 9 in their The 100 best party songs list in 2018, adding:

Music videos[edit]

The 1991 video shows silhouettes of men and women dancing on a white background, sometimes as individuals, couples or in groups, intercut with a sequence of close-ups of different faces miming to the lyrics. Grainy footage of a Northern line London Underground train entering a station also appears.

The 1997 video features the "Now Voyager mix" and portrays a man dressed like a friar carrying a cross being guided by an angel and tempted by the Devil.

The 2006 version features the "New Voyager mix" in a black and white video. Set in London, it portrays an angelic young man (played by broadcaster Gary Newbon's son Neil) watching over the poor, lonely and vulnerable in the streets, subways and gardens.

Single listings[edit]

1989 version
  1. "Untitled (You Got The Love / Your Love)"
1991 version
  1. "You Got the Love" (Extended Vocal)
  2. "You Got the Love" (Radio Edit)
  3. "You Got the Love" (Club House)
  4. "You Got the Love" (House Apella)
  5. "Untitled (You Got The Love / Your Love)"
  6. "You Got the Love" (Eren's Bootleg Mix)
  7. "You Got the Love" (Morning Time Mix)
1997 UK version
  1. "You Got the Love" (Now Voyager Radio Mix)
  2. "You Got the Love" (Now Voyager Mix)
2006 UK version
  1. "You Got the Love" (New Voyager Radio Edit)
  2. "You Got the Love" (Shapeshifters Radio Edit)
  3. "You Got the Love" (Extended New Voyager Mix)
  4. "You Got the Love" (Shapeshifter Main Vocal Mix)
  5. "You Got the Love" (Truelove, Lys & Gigi Remix)
  6. "You Got the Love" (Paradise Soul Mix)
  7. Enhanced video
Australian version
  1. "You Got the Love" (Now Voyager Radio Mix)
  2. "You Got the Love" (Original Radio Edit)
  3. "You Got the Love" (Truelove, Lys, & Gigi Remix)
  4. "You Got the Love" (Shapeshifters Main Vocal Mix)
  5. "You Got the Love" (Shapeshifters Alt. Mix)
  6. "You Got the Love" (Now Voyager Mix)
  7. "You Got the Love" (Original Mix)
  8. "You Got the Love" (Paradise Soul Mix)
  9. "You Got the Love" (Rhythm Masters Classic Vocal Mix)
  10. "You Got the Love" (Asle Bjorn Remix)
  11. "You Got the Love" (Wayne G Circuit Anthem Mix)
2012 Hungarian version
  1. "You've Got The Love 2k12" (House Gangsters & Mr. Tom Wave meets. F.A.T.M. remix)
2015 official remix
  1. "You Got The Love" (Yuga featuring Candi Staton)
  2. "You Got The Love" (Dr. Shiver – Candi Staton featuring Doc M.C.)


Chart (1997) Peak
Belgium Dance (Ultratop)[5] 8
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[6] 26
Germany (Official German Charts) 67
Ireland (IRMA) 28
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 25
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 37
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[7] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 3
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[8] 2
Chart (2006) Peak
Ireland (IRMA) 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 7

Florence and the Machine version[edit]

"You've Got the Love"
You've Got the Love (Florence + the Machine album - cover art).jpg
Single by Florence and the Machine
from the album Lungs
  • 5 January 2009 (2009-01-05)
  • 16 November 2009 (re-release)[9]
  • Anthony B. Stephens
  • Arnecia Michelle Harris
  • John Bellamy
Producer(s)Charlie Hugall
Florence and the Machine singles chronology
"Drumming Song"
"You've Got the Love"
"You Got the Dirtee Love"
Music video
"You've Got the Love" on YouTube

The song was covered by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine as "You've Got the Love" and released as the fifth single from their debut album, Lungs (2009). It was first released on 1 December 2008 as the B-side to their second single "Dog Days Are Over". It was then later released as a digital download only single on 5 January 2009 in the United Kingdom only, after the mass praise it received during the release of "Dog Days Are Over". After being released well before Lungs was finally recorded and released, it was later featured on the album as its bonus track.

The single was given a re-release on physical format on 16 November 2009 in the United Kingdom. For the reissue a music video was shot.


The track, which is significantly shorter than the original, was produced by Charlie Hugall, who also produced three other tracks on Lungs. Hugall was also involved in the bass and percussion development of the song. The track features Isabella Summers on piano, Christopher Lloyd Hayden on drums, Tom Moth on harp, Rob Ackroyd on guitar and Florence Welch on vocals.[12]

Florence Welch explained her inspiration behind covering "one of her favourite songs ever":

As a kid, going to clubs and raves, this song made me feel love. At Bestival last year we were top of the bill on that stage, so we were thinking of an amazing cover we could do, and I thought of Candi Staton. Even in rehearsals, playing it was just the most euphoric feeling. Then playing it live and seeing everyone's arms in the air, and the faces – it was the best feeling ever! I was dressed as a genie sea-monster, and I remember looking at my guitarist as we played the first chords, and then there was the reaction and it was like tearing ourselves open and just exploding on the crowd, and then all did it back. It's a feeling you couldn't express. I'm really excited that now in our live shows I'm going to be playing one of my favourite songs ever, loads.[13]

"You've Got the Love" is a fan favourite of the band and has been played at numerous festivals around the United Kingdom during 2008 and 2009. Including the Bestival, Glastonbury, Way Out West, Brighton, Electric Picnic, Leeds, Smash & Grab and with an acoustic version being performed at a festival in Reading. It's also been performed Live In Ibiza on BBC Radio 1 and at the BBC Live Big Weekend. Florence also made a guest appearance during The xx's 2010 Glastonbury Festival performance, where they played their remix of the track. In 2013, a children's choir rendition of the song was used in TV spots for Coca-Cola.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

"You've Got the Love" received positive reviews who notably commented on the song in reviews of "Dog Days Are Over". MusicOMH commented on the song by saying that "Following with her tradition of some finely chosen cover versions, there's even an excellent rendition of The Source's You Got the Love."[15] reviewed the track, writing, "You've Got the Love" is a standard pop number that does something in a non-standard fashion – it isn't afraid of looking at its simplistic melodic hooks and accepting it with a touch of lyrical honesty and contemplative imprint."[16] also commented on the song by saying that "The B-side cover of The Source ft. Candi Staton's "You Got the Love" is equally strong."[17] also positively reviewed the single, writing, "Florence + The Machine have used the format of the original remix but have certainly breathed new life into this old classic. With Florence Welch's distinctive voice she makes this song her own. The inclusion of a harp only adds to the gentle sway effect produced by the track, bursting gently in without malice at around eighteen seconds in. The song's lyrics are empowering: Florence's heavenly voice has a vulnerable quality which, as it has with relatively short career so far, grows stronger through You've Got The Love's verse and chorus. It's empowering, liberating and moving all at the same time, not least conveyed by the emotion in Welch's vocals. Rating: 4/5"[18]

Commercial performance[edit]

Upon its original release, "You've Got the Love" reached number 158 on the UK Singles Chart. The song later re-entered the chart at number 124 and moved up to number 68 in the next week's chart. The following week it fell to number 75 before dropping out of the top 100.

It then re-entered the chart, two weeks later on 22 August 2009 at number 59, where it peaked before dropping out the top 100 again. Its re-entry pattern then continued when it re-entered three weeks later on 12 September 2009 at number 88. The song peaked at number 16, after the single's actual release in 2009. It spent a total of eight weeks within the top 100, longer than both previous singles "Kiss with a Fist" and "Dog Days Are Over".

On 3 January 2010, "You've Got the Love" climbed 18 places to a new peak of number 13 on the UK Singles Chart and on 31 December 2009 and its use in the last episode of Gavin & Stacey on the 1 January 2010. One week later, on 10 January 2010, the song peaked at number five in its 34th week on the chart, becoming the band's first top-10 single. Following their Brit performance in February 2010, "You've Got the Love" climbed to number 12, just missing out on the Top 10. It has spent 30 weeks on the UK Singles Chart. As of June 2018, the song has sold over 1.8 million combined sales/streams in that country.

On 8 January 2010, "You've Got the Love" climbed up the Irish Singles Chart, reaching a peak of number 21, whereas before it had only reached number 30. After falling out of the chart, on 26 February 2010, "You've Got the Love" re-entered the Irish chart, reaching a new peak of number 16.

In January, "You've got the Love" entered the Australian singles ARIA Charts at number 50, and remained within the top 50 for a large amount of time. In February and March, it was consistently increasing positions, where it eventually reached a peak of number 30. Due to popular television shows like Domestic Blitz and MasterChef Australia using it in commercials, the song rapidly climbed to number 17, on the 4th of April, and to its highest peak of number nine on 11 April. It hasn't been released as a physical single, and has relied solely on digital sales, where it has peaked at number five.

In New Zealand the single began receiving mainstream radio airplay causing it to rise to 50[19] on the airplay chart, however, the airplay has since dropped.

Music video[edit]

Despite originally being released as a single almost nine months earlier, the band announced on 18 September 2009 that a music video would be made for the song and would be shot on 21 September 2009 in London. It features Welch in a white, sparkly leotard dancing on a large moon-shaped platform suspended over a nightclub, an homage to Studio 54. The video later shows many people beneath her dancing to the song. The video that will air on United Kingdom television has a different version of the song to the one on the album.[20]

Track listings[edit]

  • Original release (digital download)
  1. "You've Got the Love" – 2:58
  • UK CD single
  1. "You've Got the Love" – 2:49
  2. "You've Got the Love" (Tom Middleton Remix) – 7:51
  3. "Addicted to Love" – 3:20
  • UK 7" single
  1. "You've Got the Love" (Single Version) – 2:40
  2. "You've Got the Love" (Jamie xx Re-work featuring The xx) – 5:36
  • Digital EP
  1. "You've Got the Love" – 2:48
  2. "You've Got the Love" (Tom Middleton Remix) – 7:53
  3. "You've Got the Love" (Steve Pitron & Max Sanna Remix) – 6:21
  4. "You've Got the Love" (Live from Abbey Road) – 3:45

Charts and certifications[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[39] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Germany (BVMI)[40] Gold 150,000^
Italy (FIMI)[41] Gold 15,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[42] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

You Got the Dirtee Love[edit]

"You Got the Dirtee Love"
You Got the Dirtee Love (Florence + The Machine single - cover art).jpg
Single by Florence + the Machine and Dizzee Rascal
Released17 February 2010 (2010-02-17)
FormatDigital download
  • John P. Jr. Bellamy
  • Anthony Stephens
  • Arnecia Michelle Harris
  • Nicholas Denton
  • Dylan Mills
  • Charlie Hugall
  • Nicholas Denton
Florence and the Machine singles chronology
"You've Got the Love"
"You Got the Dirtee Love"
"Cosmic Love"
Dizzee Rascal singles chronology
"Dirtee Cash"
"You Got the Dirtee Love"
"Dirtee Disco"

At the 2010 BRIT Awards on 16 February 2010, Florence and the Machine and Dizzee Rascal performed a mashup of "You Got the Love" and Dizzee's song "Dirtee Cash", entitled "You Got the Dirtee Love".

The single was released on 17 February 2010 exclusively to iTunes, one day after the BRITs performance. On 21 February 2010, the single entered the UK Singles Chart at number two. As of May 2010, the single had sold more than 280,000 copies in the UK.[44] "You Got the Dirtee Love" is featured on the Dirtee Deluxe Edition of Dizzee Rascal's Tongue n' Cheek album; the track charted in Ireland and Australia following the album's release. It also appears on the Between Two Lungs reissue of Florence and the Machine's album Lungs.

The song was performed at Radio 1's Big Weekend in North Wales on 22 May 2010, and again at the Glastonbury Festival 2010 on 25 June. The song was also performed at Capital's Summertime Ball 2010, where Florence Welch appeared as a special guest during Dizzee's set.


Chart (2010) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[45] 27
Ireland (IRMA)[46] 24
European Hot 100 Singles 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[47] 2


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