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Can't Help Falling in Love

"Can't Help Falling in Love", by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, is a pop song based on "Plaisir d'amour" by Jean Paul Egide Martini. It was rewritten for the 1961 film Blue Hawaii, starring Elvis Presley.

Elvis Presley's version

In the U.S., the Elvis Presley recording was released by RCA Victor Records as catalog number 47-7968 in 1961. Peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in that year, and at number four on the Cash Box magazine Best-Selling Records list in January of the following year, "Can't Help Falling in Love" was ranked #394 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It also spent six weeks atop the Easy Listening chart that Billboard magazine had just begun publishing earlier in 1961; in later years, this chart would be renamed the "Adult Contemporary" chart. This was Presley's first of seven #1s on this chart.

In 1968, Presley, in both the sit-down and stand-up segments of his NBC-TV special, gave the song a new live treatment. By July 1969, Elvis used the song almost invariably to close his live concerts, including his last in late June 1977 at the old Indianapolis Market Square Arena.Presleys version is still famous till now than any other artist.

This version was put on the music game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol.

UB40 version

"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" is a 1993 single by the band UB40. It was a cover of the 1961 Elvis Presley song of the same name.

It was the first single from their 1993 album Promises and Lies. The song was released on May 10, 1993 in the majority of countries worldwide. It was a great success, reaching number 1 in Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, UK, the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

The song appears in the soundtrack of the movie Sliver.

Track listings

CD-Single

  1. "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" (3:24)
  2. "Jungle Love" (5:09) CD-Maxi
  3. "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" (3:24)
  4. "Jungle Love" (5:09)
  5. "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" (Extended Mix) (6:03) 10"-Single
  6. "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" (Extended Mix) (6:03)
  7. "Jungle Love" (5:09)
  8. "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" (3:24) 7"-Single
  9. "(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You" (3:24)
  10. "Jungle Love" (5:09)

Charts, certifications and sales

Chart Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Rock Modern Tracks 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Top 40 Mainstream 1
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 5
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 1
French Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 2
Irish Singles Chart 7
Italian Singles Chart 13
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 1
United World Chart Worldwide Hits 1

Country Certification Sales
France Silver 147,000
UK 2 x Platinum

A*Teens version

"Can't Help Falling in Love" was an A*Teens special release for the Lilo & Stitch movie soundtrack. It is a cover version of the original song by Elvis Presley.

The soundtrack was full of Elvis tracks, so the A*Teens had to record a cover of one of his songs and they picked "Can't Help Falling in Love". Adding an "A*Teens sound" to it, europop more like, the track became a huge hit on Radio Disney in the United States, reaching number-one and staying there for 2 weeks. The video had big exposure on several channels, so the A*Teens took advantage of this, and released their third album, "Pop 'Til You Drop!" on that June in the United States. Because of this, "Can't Help Falling in Love" had two music videos to promote both Disney Movie and their third album.

The song was a radio hit in the United States, and reached #12 in Sweden, #16 in Argentina and #41 in Australia. Despite of the success of the song overseas, it failed to attract the rest of the Latin American public, due to the fact that there was a Spanish version of the song, performed by the Argentine group, Bandana. In addition, the A*Teens' version of the song was overshadowed by the promotion of Bandana's version.

Music video

The video was directed by Gregory Dark and filmed in Los Angeles, California. It had two different versions. The "Disney Version", as the fans named it, features scenes of the movie, and also new scenes of the A*Teens with beach costumes. The "A*Teens Version" of the video, features the A*Teens on the white background with different close-ups and choreography, and scenes with puppies and different costumes.

Releases

Tracks marked + are not A*Teens tracks.

European 2-Track CD Single

  1. Can't Help Falling in Love [Album Version] - 3:06
  2. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride - 3:27 +

European/Australian CD Maxi

  1. Can't Help Falling in Love [Album Version] - 3:06
  2. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride - 3:27 +
  3. He Mele, No Lilo - 2:28 +

Other artists who covered the song after Elvis Presley

Keely Smith was on the charts with this song at the same time as Elvis.

  • Perry Como recorded "Can't Help Falling in Love" on June 26, 1962 for inclusion in his September 1962 album, By Request (RCA Victor Records catalogue number LSP-2567).
  • In 1969 the Greek expatriate band Aphrodite's Child released a version of this song called "I Want To Live", with different English lyrics, on their album It's Five O'Clock. This version was more deep and passionate than Presley's romantic ballad, as "I Want To Live" gives the impression of being about the torment and odyssey of Jesus Christ through His death and ending in His resurrection and ascension.
  • The Al Martino recording was released by Capitol Records as catalog number 2746 and charted in 1970, peaking at number fifty-one on the Billboard charts and number fifty-seven on the Cash Box magazine Best-Selling Records list.
  • Bob Dylan recorded a version of this song which was released on the 1973 album "Dylan" (Columbia Records).
  • Raul Seixas, one of the most popular Brazilian singers, recorded a version of this song played only after the death of the singer.
  • Shirley Bassey recorded a version of this song for a 1976 single.
  • Abbey Road Records issued a version by Herb Reed & The Original Platters in 1977.
  • During the 1980s, Bruce Springsteen occasionally performed the song in his concert encores.
  • In 1987, Corey Hart's recording reached number twenty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The cover and song were used with the image of forlorn animals in desperate need of rescue for a fundraising television commercial for the Ontario Humane Society.
  • Australian band The Triffids recorded the song for their 1989 album The Black Swan. It was omitted from the final tracklist of the album, but released on the B-side of Falling Over You, the second single from the album. The track was reinstated for the 2008 reissue of the album.
  • U2 (label mates of The Triffids) used the song to close 87 of the 159 concerts on the U2 1992-1993 Zoo TV Tour. One such performance appears on the Zoo TV: Live from Sydney video and the Zoo TV Live CD released to U2.com subscribers.
  • In 1993, British reggae band UB40's cover of "Can't Help Falling in Love" eventually climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at number 100 and appears in the soundtrack of the movie Sliver. It remained at number one for seven weeks. It was also number 1 in the UK. It was featured on the 1993 album Promises and Lies.
  • David Thomas of Pere Ubu released one of the darkest and strangest versions of the song on the CD Meadville (1997), a live performance by David Thomas and Two Pale Boys.
  • American rock band Eels covered the song during their Black Sessions show in 2000, and also as a B-Side for their single Souljacker Part 1. This later version appears on the Eels' 2008 album Useless Trinkets.
  • Rick Astley covered the song for the album Portrait, in 2005, the song is confused with the song Hopelessly.
  • Clay Aiken performed a rendition of the song during the Elvis segment of his 2005 Jukebox Tour.
  • In early 2006, Andrea Bocelli recorded a new version of the song for his album, Amore.
  • F4, a Taiwanese boy band also sang the song in Chinese for the movie, Lilo and Stitch.
  • Julio Iglesias, the Spanish superstar living in the United States, also recorded a version of the song.
  • Lick the Tins performed a memorable version featured in the John Hughes film, Some Kind Of Wonderful.
  • Dave Matthews frequently interpolates a verse of the song at concerts during the end of his song, "The Stone".
  • Katharine McPhee performed the song on American Idol and recorded it later with Andrea Bocelli.
  • Urbanize recorded a version of the song for "Liebe kommt aus dem Herzen"
  • The Skank Agents, a ska band from San Diego, CA, covered the song on their 2008 release, "Something for Everyone".
  • Blackmore's Night, a folk rock band with Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple and Rainbow and his girlfriend Candice Night, covered this song for their 2008 album Secret Voyage.
  • Mägo de Oz, a Celtic folk metal band from Spain, recorded a version of the song entitled "Todo Irá Bien" on their 2004 album Belfast.

Additional versions

Selected list of recorded versions

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