"Love Is All Around" is a song composed by Reg Presley and performed by The Troggs. Inspired by a television broadcast of the Joy Strings Salvation Army band, the song was first released as single in October 1967 (UK), peaking at #7 on the Hot 100 on 18 May 1968 and #5 on the UK charts. The Troggs' version of this song features a string quartet and a tick-tock-sound on percussion.
"Love is All Around" was featured in the 1994 film "Bulletproof Heart" starring Anthony LaPaglia and Mimi Rogers.
The song was heard in EastEnders whilst the character of Little Mo Mitchell was raped in the Queen Vic pub. It was also heard in Emmerdale when Steph Stokes was baking cakes following her release from prison for attempted murder.
A parody of the song appears in the opening scene of the British romantic comedy Love Actually (2003), changing "love is all around" to "Christmas is all around" and "come on and let it show" to "come on and let it snow."
Wet Wet Wet's version of "Love Is All Around" was released on 9 May 1994. It topped the UK singles chart after two weeks and, fueled by its appearance in the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral, remained there for fifteen consecutive weeks. All told, the song spent 37 weeks on the Top 75 survey. "We did everybody's head in in the summer of 1994," joked Wets frontman Marti Pellow exactly a decade later. This led to the some radio stations banning the song. "I still think it's a brilliant record. Its strength is its sheer simplicity. Any band would give their eye teeth to have a hit record like that. I'm very proud of it."
The song's composer Reg Presley famously spent some of the proceeds he received on this large hit on crop circle research. He also bought a new home.
Pellow recorded his own version of the song for inclusion on his 2002 album Marti Pellow Sings the Hits of Wet Wet Wet & Smile.
Čuki also released a video for their adaptation of the song, which, just like the Wet Wet Wet video, features the same technique of film projection onto blank cards.
"I heard their live version - they did it on TV once - and [Marti Pellow] sang it with the same little melody that I threw in there, which was kind of nice," added Mike Mills. "That thing like uh-uh-uh-urrr at the end. That doesn't exist on the original version."
"Oh, okay. I thought you meant bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah-bah," concluded Michael Stipe.
|Austria||Platinum||November 22, 1994||30,000|
|Sweden||Platinum||October 25, 1994||20,000|
|UK||2 x Platinum||August 1, 1994||1,200,000|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||1|
|Austrian Singles Chart||1|
|Dutch Singles Chart||1|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||2|
|German Singles Chart||2|
|Irish Singles Chart||2|
|Latvian Airplay Top||1|
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||1|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||1|
|Swedish Singles Chart||1|
|Swiss Singles Chart||2|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||41|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||8|
|End of year chart (1994)||Position|
|Australian Singles Chart||1|
|Austrian Singles Chart||2|
|Swiss Singles Chart||5|
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