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The Power of Love (Huey Lewis and the News song)

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"The Power of Love"
Artwork for U.S. and continental European releases
Single by Huey Lewis and the News
from the album Back to the Future: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack and Fore! (European and Japanese edition)
B-side"Bad Is Bad"
ReleasedJune 1985[1]
Format7-inch, 12-inch
RecordedMay 30, 1985
GenrePop rock, blue-eyed soul
Songwriter(s)Huey Lewis, Chris Hayes, Johnny Colla
Producer(s)Huey Lewis and the News
Huey Lewis and the News singles chronology
"Walking on a Thin Line"
"The Power of Love"
"Stuck with You"

"The Power of Love" is a 1985 single by Huey Lewis and the News, written for and featured in the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future which stars Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. It gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] and their second number-one hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart and as a Double-A side was just outside the top ten on the British Singles Chart, where it appeared on UK editions of the band's fourth studio album, Fore!.

Use in Back to the Future

The song appears early in Back to the Future as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) skateboards to school. Later in the film, McFly and his band play a hard rock version of the song for a Battle of the Bands audition (at which a character played by Huey Lewis himself is judging and tells Marty's group that they are "just too darn loud") and later when Marty returns to his neighborhood.[1] In the sequel, Back to the Future Part II, the 2015 version of Marty attempts to play the song on his guitar just after being fired but ends up playing it very poorly due to his damaged hand from his 1985 accident with a Rolls-Royce. Finally, it can be briefly heard playing in the car where Needles and his buddies are driving when Needles challenges Marty to the fate-determining car race near the end of Back to the Future Part III.

Music video

The music video, filmed in June of 1985,[1] shows the band playing in a nightclub ("Uncle Charlie's, a frequent stop for the band in their early career)[3] with Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) showing up in his DeLorean, apparently after time-traveling, and a couple stealing it for a joy ride. Lewis said filming took the entire day and night to complete, with the band finishing up at 3:00 AM.[3]


At the 13th Annual American Music Awards, the song was nominated for "Favorite Single" and "Favorite Video Single", winning in both categories.[1] The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 58th Academy Awards but lost to Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me".[1]

Track listings

Charts and certifications

"The Power of Love" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 46 for the week ending June 29, 1985, with Billboard calling the song "an out-of-the-box monster hit".[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f Huey Lewis and the News: World Tour 1986 tour book
  2. ^ a b DeKnock, Jan (August 23, 1985). "Huey Lewis and the News Rise to No. 1 Spot on 'Power of Love'". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Company. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Huey Lewis Fan Q&A: March 27, 2017
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Singles". Billboard. 97 (26): 64, 67. June 29, 1985. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ (Retrieved September 17, 2012)
  7. ^ source: Pennanen, Timo: Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972. Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava, 2006. ISBN 9789511210535. page: 280
  8. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (November 9, 1985). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books.
  9. ^ ""Power of Love" on the South African Singles Chart". Springbok Radio. November 22, 1985. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 31, 2016.
  11. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  12. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Singles of 1985". RPM. December 28, 1985. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  13. ^
  14. ^ "1985 The Year in Music – Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 97 (52): T-21. December 28, 1985. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Singles". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 24. January 24, 1987.
  16. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Canadian single  certifications – Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love". Music Canada. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  18. ^ "British single  certifications – Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Power of Love in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "American single  certifications – Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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