“The Power of Love” is a song originally recorded and released by English band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It was written by Holly Johnson, Peter Gill, Mark O’Toole and Brian Nash, four of five members of the band. It was released by the group as their third single.
Initially issued as a single in November 1984, and taken from the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome, “The Power of Love” followed its two predecessors, “Relax” and “Two Tribes”, to the top of the UK singles chart. It scored the band an early December number-one. “The Power Of Love” was also a top 10 hit in several European countries, in New Zealand, and in Canada.
Here’s the original video for Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 1984 seasonal Number One, The Power Of Love. Not ostensibly a seasonal song, it has become one of UK’s favourite festive sounds and that journey began with this clever and highly evocative promo.
Since then, reissues and/or remixes of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood recording of this song have been top 10 UK hits on two other occasions, hitting #10 in 1993 and #6 in 2000. “The Power Of Love” has also charted in the UK in a version by Holly Johnson (a solo recording from 1999), and a 2012 version by Gabrielle Aplin.
There is a biblical aspect to its spirituality and passion; the fact that love is the only thing that matters in the end.”
Aplin’s recording of the song below also went to #1 in the UK, exactly 28 years after the original Frankie Goes To Hollywood single topped the charts. Aplin’s version also enjoyed a resurgence in 2014 thanks to it being the soundtrack to the advert/trailer for TV series “Resurrection”.
The track was first featured during the John Peel Sessions the band performed on during 1983, “The Power of Love” became Frankie Goes To Hollywood‘s third consecutive (and last) #1 UK single in December, 1984.
Holly Johnson, who co-wrote the song, later reminisced: “I always felt like The Power Of Love was the record that would save me in this life.