(I Can't Help) Falling in Love With You (UB40 song)

"Can't Help Falling in Love"
Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley US picture sleeve.png
One of original 1961 North American variants of the standard artwork
Single by Elvis Presley
from the album Blue Hawaii
B-side"Rock-A-Hula Baby"[1]
ReleasedOctober 1, 1961
RecordedMarch 23, 1961, Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California
GenrePop, Country, Hawaiian
Length2:59
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Elvis Presley (Joseph Lilley for Paramount Pictures)[3]
Elvis Presley singles chronology
"Little Sister"
(1961)
"Can't Help Falling in Love" / "Rock-A-Hula Baby"
(1961)
"Good Luck Charm" / "Anything That's Part of You"
(1961)
Music video
"Can't Help Falling in Love" (audio) on YouTube

"Can't Help Falling in Love" is a song recorded by American singer Elvis Presley for the album Blue Hawaii (1961). It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss and published by Gladys Music, Inc.[2] The melody is based on "Plaisir d'amour",[4] a popular French love song composed in 1784 by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini. The song was initially written from the perspective of a woman as "Can't Help Falling in Love with Him", which explains the first and third line ending on "in" and "sin" rather than words rhyming with "you".[5]

"Can't Help Falling in Love" was featured in Presley's 1961 film Blue Hawaii. During the following five decades, it has been recorded by numerous other artists, including Bob Dylan on his 1973 album Dylan, Dick Smothers,[6] Swedish pop group A-Teens, and the British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the U.S. and UK charts. It has also been regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone, ranking #403 in the list's 2012 ion.[7]

Background and release[]

Elvis Presley's version of the song topped the British charts in 1962, spending four weeks at no. 1. The single is certified Platinum by the RIAA, for US sales in excess of one million copies. In the United States, the song peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 behind Joey Dee and the Starliters' "Peppermint Twist"[8] and went to No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for six weeks.[9][10]

During Presley's late 1960s 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 arrangement was the closing number in Presley's final TV special, Elvis in Concert. "Can't Help Falling in Love" was also the last song he performed live, at his concert in Indianapolis at Market Square Arena on 26 June 1977.[11]

The recording appeared on the 1997 CD re-issue Elvis' Golden Records Volume 3 as a bonus track and on the 2002 career retrospective collection ELV1S: 30 No. 1 Hits.

In 2015, the song was included on the If I Can Dream album, on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Presley's birth. The version uses archival voice recordings of Presley and his singers, backed by new orchestral arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sunderland A.F.C. fans have turned the song into the club's anthem, with "Sunderland" being sang repeatedly after "But I can't help falling in love with you."[12][13] Sunderland supporters aren't the only fans using the song, but they are the club most associated with it.[14]

Track listings[]

7" single

  1. "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You"
  2. "Rock-A-Hula Baby"

Personnel[]

Crs sourced from AFM union contracts and label records.[15]

Charts[]

Certifications[]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[25] Gold 45,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[26] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[28] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

UB40 version[]

"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You"
(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You by UB40 CD ion.jpg
Artwork for European CD single, used with similar font but different layout for other format releases
Single by UB40
from the album Sliver: Music from the Motion Picture and Promises and Lies
B-side"Jungle Love"
ReleasedMay 10, 1993 (1993-05-10)[29]
Genre
Length3:24
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)UB40
UB40 singles chronology
"One in Ten"
(1992)
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You"
(1993)
"Higher Ground"
(1993)
Music video
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You" on YouTube

In 1993, British reggae band UB40 covered the original 1961 Elvis Presley recording as the first single from their 1993 album Promises and Lies. The song was released on May 10, 1993, and eventually climbed to No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, staying there for seven weeks. It also topped the charts of 11 other countries, including Australia, Austria, the Netherlands, New Zealand (where it was the most successful single of 1993), and the United Kingdom where it topped the chart for 2 weeks.

The song appears on the soundtrack of the movie Sliver,[30] the trailer for Fools Rush In, and an episode of Hindsight. 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. The single version of the song also has a slightly different backing rhythm and melody.

The song and band also appear in the 1997 film Speed 2: Cruise Control.

Critical reception[]

In his review, Rovi Staff from AllMusic noted that "carried by the hit "Can't Help Falling in Love", Promises and Lies finishes UB40's transition from a reggae band to an adult-contemporary band that plays reggae-pop."[31] Another or, David Jeffries said the song is "representing the ultra-slick, easy to swallow side of the band".[32] Larry Flick from Billboard wrote, "U.K. dancehall stars indulge in Elvis Presley memories on this first single from the soundtrack to Sharon Stone's new movie, "Sliver"." He added, "Track has a pillowy, midtempo pace that dabbles in island beats and radio-conscious funk. Brassy horns are a jolting, though ultimately pleasing, element in the arrangement. A fun respite from usual top 40 fare."[33] Marisa Fox from Entertainment Weekly said the song is "this album's equivalent" of their earlier version of Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine", noting that the band "revitalize" it. She also noted that "they try some snappy new production tricks", like the "full-blown orchestrations" on the song, adding that "those kinds of enhancements only make the blend that much more infectious."[34] Music writer James Masterton wrote in his weekly UK chart commentary, that "this was a hit almost before it had even been released."[35] Alan Jones from Music Week described it as a "predictable ramble through the Elvis Presley/Andy Williams/Stylistics perennial".[36] A reviewer from People Magazine called it a "Rasta-Lite" version.[37]

Music video[]

A music video was produced to promote the single, directed by American filmmaker Neil Abramson.[38] It was published on YouTube in June 2009. The video has amassed more than 61 million views as of September 2021.[39]

Track listings[]

Charts[]

Certifications[]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[62] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[77] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[78] Silver 125,000*
Germany (BVMI)[79] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[80] Platinum 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[82] Platinum 606,000[81]
United States (RIAA)[84] Platinum 1,300,000[83]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

A-Teens version[]

"Can't Help Falling in Love"
ATEENSCantHelpFallingInLove.jpeg
Single by A-Teens
from the album Lilo & Stitch and Pop 'til You Drop!
B-side"Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride"
ReleasedMay 13, 2002
Recorded2002
GenreDance-pop
Length3:06
LabelWalt Disney Records
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Mark Hammond
A-Teens singles chronology
"Heartbreak Lullaby"
(2001)
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(2002)
"Floorfiller"
(2002)

The song was the A-Teens's first single from their third studio album, 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. It is also shown in the teen pop compilation album, Disney Girlz Rock.

Charts[]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[85] 35
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[86] 50
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[87] 12

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.

Track listing[]

  1. "Can't Help Falling in Love" (album version) – 3:06
  2. "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" – 3:27
    Performed by Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu and North Shore Children's Choir & Key Cygnetures
  3. "He Mele, No Lilo" – 2:28
    Performed by Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu and North Shore Children's Choir & Key Cygnetures
    Included in only Australian and one of European releases

Other versions[]

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