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|Song by the Everly Brothers|
|from the album A Date with the Everly Brothers|
|Published||August 30, 1960Acuff-Rose Publications, Inc.|
|Label||Warner Bros. Nashville|
"Love Hurts" is a song written and composed by the American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant. First recorded by the Everly Brothers in July 1960, the song is most well known from the 1974 international hit version by Scottish hard rock band Nazareth and 1975 Top 5 hit in the UK by English singer Jim Capaldi.
The song was introduced in October 1960 as an album track on A Date with The Everly Brothers but was never released as a single (A-side or B-side) by the Everlys. The first hit version of the song is by Roy Orbison, who earned Australian radio play, hitting the Top Five of that country's singles charts in 1961. A recording by Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons is included on Parsons' posthumously released Grievous Angel album. After Parsons' 1973 death, Harris made the song a staple of her repertoire and has included it in her concert setlists from the 1970s to the present. Harris has since re-recorded the song twice. The most successful recording of the song is by Scottish hard rock band, Nazareth, who took the song to the U.S. Top 10 in 1975 and hit No. 1 in Norway and the Netherlands. In the UK, the most successful version of the song is by former Traffic member, Jim Capaldi, who took it to No. 4 in the charts in November 1975 during an 11-week run. The song was also covered by Cher in 1975 for her album, Stars; Cher re-recorded the song in 1991 for her album of the same name. Jennifer Warnes released a version on her 1976 self-titled album. Joan Jett includes a version on her 1990 album, The Hit List, a covers compilation. Heart offers a live unplugged rendition on their 1995 live album, The Road Home, also included on the album's 1995 VHS concert video and later on its 2003 DVD reissue. Rod Stewart recorded the song in 2006 for his album, Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time, which was No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Jazz guitarist Julian Lage performs the song on his 2019 album of the same name.
The bluegrass version appearing in both the Deadpool 2 "Super Duper Cut" and the "Once Upon A Deadpool" DVD during the montages featuring the titular character's suicide attempts following Vanessa's death, was first recorded by The Osborne Brothers for their 1977 release, From Rocky Top to Muddy Bottom: The Songs of Boudleaux & Felice Bryant.
Roy Orbison version
|Single by Roy Orbison|
|from the album Crying|
|Recorded||February 27, 1961|
|Studio||RCA Victor Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee|
Roy Orbison covered "Love Hurts" in 1961 and issued it as the B-side to "Running Scared." While "Running Scared" was an international hit, the B-side only picked up significant airplay in Australia. Consequently, chart figures for Australia show "Running Scared"/"Love Hurts" as a double A-Side, both sides peaking at No. 5. This makes Orbison's recording of "Love Hurts" the first version to be a hit.
|Single by Nazareth|
|from the album Hair of the Dog|
|Released||November 8, 1974|
3:03 (U.S. single)
|Nazareth singles chronology|
Performed as a power ballad, the Nazareth version is the most popular version of the song and the only rendition of "Love Hurts" to become a hit single in the United States, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1976. Billboard ranked it as the No. 23 song for 1976. As part of the "Hot Tracks (EP)" it also reached No. 41 in the UK in 1977. Nazareth's version was an international hit, peaking at No. 1 in Canada, the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa and Norway. The Nazareth single was so successful in Norway that it charted for 61 weeks on the Norwegian charts (VG-lista Top 10), including 14 weeks at No. 1, making it the top single of all time in that country.
A later recording by Nazareth, featuring the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, peaked at No. 89 in Germany.
The lyrics of the song were changed for Nazareth's 1975 recording, where the original line "love is like a stove/it burns you when it's hot" was changed to "love is like a flame/it burns you when it's hot".
Cher covered this version for her 1991 album of the same name.
The song has been featured in several video games, and films, including Click, The Doors, Wayne's World, Josie and the Pussycats, Sid and Nancy, This Is Spinal Tap, Airheads, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Dude, Where's My Car?, Empire Records, High Fidelity, Dazed and Confused, Rock Star, The Rocker, The Full Monty, Napoleon Dynamite, Monkeybone, Idiocracy, Speed, Lethal Weapon 4, Exit Wounds, Mad Max: Fury Road, Guitar Hero II, Rock Band 3, Barnyard, Flushed Away, Halloween, Detroit Rock City, Chicken Little, and Toy Story 3.
The song was featured in a dream sequence in Season 4, Episode 24 of That '70s Show, in which Fez daydreams that the characters Eric, Donna, Kelso and Jackie are performing the song after they hurt his feelings. Also featured in the film Dazed and Confused during the junior high dance.
Charts and certifications
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||8|
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||11|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||1|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||1|
|Euro Hit 50||3|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||30|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||1|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||4|
|South Africa (Springbok Radio)||1|
|UK Singles (OCC)||41|
|US Billboard Hot 100||8|
Jim Capaldi version
|Single by Jim Capaldi|
|from the album Short Cut Draw Blood|
|Jim Capaldi singles chronology|
Jim Capaldi reached number 4 in the UK charts with his interpretation of "Love Hurts" in November 1975, which was to prove his highest-charting UK single. Described by Rolling Stone as having "a sense of pain very different from Roy Orbison's." the single also charted in the US, Germany, and Sweden.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||6|
|Canada RPM Top Singles||15|
|South Africa (Springbok)||13|
('Love Hurts' was also ranked #137 in the Canadian Top 200 of 1976)
|Single by Cher|
|from the album Love Hurts|
|B-side||"One Small Step"|
|Cher singles chronology|
Cher recorded her first version in 1975 for the album Stars, but did not release this version as a single. She later recorded a second version in 1991 for her album of the same name. This version was a cover of Nazareth's version. The single became a minor hit in the UK in December 1991.
|UK Singles (OCC)||43|
Cher performed the song on the following concert tours:
- Heart of Stone Tour (performed towards the end of the tour in Australia only, before her studio recording)
- Love Hurts Tour
- The Farewell Tour (sung on the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth legs of the tour, then replaced with "The Way of Love" on the last two shows of the tour)
- Cher at the Colosseum (sung on the first night, then re-added during the third leg in place of "The Way of Love")
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