Can't Help Falling in Love

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"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Blue Hawaii
A-side"Rock-A-Hula Baby"[1]
ReleasedOctober 1, 1961
Format7"
RecordedMarch 23,[citation needed] 1961
GenrePop, blue eyed soul
Length2:59
LabelRCA Victor
Writer(s)Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss
ProducerJordan Lumsden
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Little Sister"
(1961)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(1961)
"Rock-A-Hula Baby"
(1961)
 
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"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Blue Hawaii
A-side"Rock-A-Hula Baby"[1]
ReleasedOctober 1, 1961
Format7"
RecordedMarch 23,[citation needed] 1961
GenrePop, blue eyed soul
Length2:59
LabelRCA Victor
Writer(s)Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss
ProducerJordan Lumsden
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Little Sister"
(1961)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(1961)
"Rock-A-Hula Baby"
(1961)

"Can't Help Falling in Love" is a pop song originally recorded by American singer Elvis Presley and published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss. The melody is based on "Plaisir d'amour"[2] (1784), a popular romance by Jean Paul Egide Martini (1741–1816). It was featured in Elvis Presley's 1961 film, Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it was recorded by numerous other artists, including British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the U.S. and UK charts, and Swedish pop group A-Teens.

Elvis Presley version[edit]

Elvis Presley's version of the song, which topped the British charts in 1962, has appeared in numerous other films, including Coyote Ugly and Walt Disney's Lilo & Stitch. The single is certified by the RIAA as a Platinum record, for US sales in excess of one million copies. In the United States, the Elvis Presley version of the song peaked at number two on the pop chart and went to number one on the Easy Listening chart for six weeks.[3]

During Presley's late sixties and 1970s live performances, the song was performed as the show's finale. Most notably, it was also sung in the live segment of his 1968 NBC television special, and as the closer for his 1973 Global telecast, "Aloha from Hawaii". A version with a faster and sloppier arrangement was used as the closing for Presley's final TV special, "Elvis in Concert."

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Can't Help Falling in Love"
  2. "Rock-A-Hula Baby"
Preceded by
"When I Fall in Love" by The Lettermen
"Billboard" Easy Listening number-one single by
Elvis Presley

January 13, 1962
(six weeks)
Succeeded by
"A Little Bitty Tear" by Burl Ives
Preceded by
"The Young Ones" by Cliff Richard and The Shadows
UK number-one single
"Rock-A-Hula Baby" b/w "Can't Help Falling in Love

February 22, 1962 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wonderful Land" by The Shadows

UB40 version[edit]

"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You"
Single by UB40
from the album Promises and Lies
ReleasedMay 10, 1993
FormatCD single, CD maxi, 7" single,
10" single
RecordedMarch 3, 1993
GenreReggae fusion, reggae
Length3:24
LabelVirgin
ProducerUB40
UB40 singles chronology
"One in Ten"
(1992)
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You"
(1993)
"Higher Ground"
(1993)

In 1993, British reggae band UB40 recorded the song as the first single from their 1993 album Promises and Lies. The song was released in May 1993, in the majority of countries worldwide. It eventually climbed to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at number 100 and appears in the soundtrack of the movie Sliver.[4] and also appears in the trailer for Fools Rush In. It remained at number one in the U.S. for seven weeks. It was also number 1 in the UK. It was a great success, reaching number one in Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. The single version of the song has a slightly different backing rhythm and melody.

In the US, and on the Sliver soundtrack, the song title was listed as "Can't Help Falling In Love," rather than what appeared on the record sleeve.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (3:24)
  2. "Jungle Love" (5:09)
CD maxi
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (3:24)
  2. "Jungle Love" (5:09)
  3. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (Extended Mix) (6:03)
10" single
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (Extended Mix) (6:03)
  2. "Jungle Love" (5:09)
  3. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (3:24)
7" single
  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You" (3:24)
  2. "Jungle Love" (5:09)

Charts and sales[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

ChartPeak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5]1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5]1
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[6]1
Canada (RPM)1
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7]1
France (SNEP)[5]5
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8]2
Ireland (IRMA)[9]7
Italy (FIMI)[10]13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11]1
New Zealand (RIANZ)[5]1
Norway (VG-lista)[5]4
Spain (Los 40 Principales)1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5]1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5]2
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[12]1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[13]1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[13]11
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[13]11
U.S. Billboard Hot Top 40 Mainstream[13]1

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[14]3
End of year chart (1993)Position
Australian Singles Chart[15]5
Austrian Singles Chart[16]5
Dutch Top 40[11]5
Swiss Singles Chart[17]6

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999)Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[18]22

Certifications[edit]

CountryCertificationDateSales certified
Austria[19]GoldJanuary 10, 199415,000
France[20]Silver1993125,000
Germany[21]Platinum1993500,000
UK[22]PlatinumJuly 1, 1993600,000

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"All That She Wants" by Ace of Base
UK Singles Chart number-one single
June 6, 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dreams" by Gabrielle
Preceded by
"What Is Love" by Haddaway
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
June 26, 1993 – July 17, 1993
Succeeded by
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
Preceded by
"Somebody Dance with Me" by DJ Bobo
Swedish number-one single
June 30, 1993 – July 28, 1993
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes
Preceded by
"Informer" by Snow
Australian (ARIA) number-one single
July 11, 1993 – August 22, 1993
Succeeded by
"The River of Dreams" by Billy Joel
Preceded by
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
Austrian number-one single
July 18, 1993 – August 8, 1993
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes
Preceded by
"Weak" by SWV
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 24, 1993, – September 4, 1993
Succeeded by
"Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey
Preceded by
"What Is Love"" by Haddaway
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
July 31, 1993 – August 7, 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What's Up?" by 4 Non Blondes

A-Teens version[edit]

"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Single by A-Teens
from the album Lilo & Stitch and Pop 'til You Drop!
ReleasedOctober 29, 2002
FormatCD single
Recorded2002
GenrePop
Length3:06
LabelWalt Disney, Universal Music
Writer(s)Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss
ProducerMark Hammond
A-Teens singles chronology
"Heartbreak Lullaby"
(2001)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(2001)
"Floorfiller"
(2002)

The song was the A-Teens's first single from their first extended play Pop 'til You Drop!, as well as for the Lilo & Stitch movie soundtrack, which was originally scheduled to include several Presley tracks, the A-Teens picking it for inclusion in the soundtrack. It was later also featured as a bonus track on their third studio album New Arrival for the European market. The video had thus tremendous exposure on several television channels, with the A-Teens eventually including the song in their third album. As a result, the song had two music videos, one to promote the Disney movie, the other for the album.

The song did not chart in the United States but reached No. 12 in Sweden, No. 16 in Argentina, and No. 41 in Australia. Despite 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[edit]

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[edit]

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 versions[edit]

Other artists who covered the song[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ RateYourMusic
  2. ^ http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1159
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 196. 
  4. ^ King, Alex P. (2004). Hit-parade – 20 ans de tubes (in French). Paris: Pascal. p. 342. ISBN 2-35019-009-9. 
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  6. ^ Belgian peak
  7. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
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  9. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie . Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  10. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 31, 2008)
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  13. ^ a b c d Billboard allmusic.com . Retrieved April 20, 2008.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  15. ^ "1993 Australian Singles Chart". aria. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ "1993 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  17. ^ "1993 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Swisscharts. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  18. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade – The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Austrian certifications, database". Ifpi. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  20. ^ French certifications, database Infodisc.fr . Retrieved February 12, 2008.
  21. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Can't Help Falling in Love')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
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  23. ^ We Five, You Were on My Mind. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
  24. ^ Secret Voyage @ SPV

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