Can't Help Falling in Love

"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 for 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 Rising 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
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 Rising 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" was featured in Presley's 1961 film Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it has been recorded by numerous other artists, including Bob Dylan on his 1973 album Dylan, Tom Smothers, Swedish pop group A-Teens, and the British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the U.S. and UK charts.

Background and releaseEdit

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"[6] and went to No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for six weeks.[7][8]

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.[9]

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."[10][11]

Track listingsEdit

7" single

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

PersonnelEdit

Credits sourced from AFM union contracts and label records.[12]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[23] Gold 45,000 
Italy (FIMI)[24] Gold 25,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[26] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

UB40 versionEdit

"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You"
 
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
RecordedMarch 3, 1993
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 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 No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at No. 100, and remained there for seven weeks. It was also number one in the United Kingdom, Austria, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand.

The song appears on the soundtrack of the movie Sliver,[27] 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 receptionEdit

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."[28] Another editor, David Jeffries said the song is "representing the ultra-slick, easy to swallow side of the band".[29] 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."[30] 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 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."[31] Alan Jones from Music Week described it as a "predictable ramble through the Elvis Presley/Andy Williams/Stylistics perennial".[32] People Magazine called it a "Rasta-Lite" version.[33]

Track listingsEdit

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

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[62] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[63] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[64] Silver 125,000*
Germany (BVMI)[65] Platinum 500,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[66] Platinum 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[69] Platinum 1,300,000[68]

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

A-Teens versionEdit

"Can't Help Falling in Love"
 
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.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[70] 35
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[71] 50
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[72] 12

Music videoEdit

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 listingEdit

  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 versionsEdit

  • The uptempo version by Andy Williams peaked at No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart in March 1970.
  • The Al Martino recording was released by Capitol Records and charted in 1970, peaking at No. 51 on the Billboard charts and No. 57 on the Cashbox chart.
  • Bob Dylan recorded a version in 1970 for the "New Morning" sessions. The track was featured on the album 'Dylan' released in 1973 - an album which comprised fully of studio out-take covers and traditional songs.
  • The Stylistics went to No. 4 in the UK with a disco version in 1976.
  • Engelbert Humperdinck recorded the song in 1979 on his This Moment in Time LP. The single became an Adult Contemporary hit, reaching No. 44 in the U.S. and #11 in Canada.
  • Slim Whitman recorded the song in 1981 and was included in his album "Mr. Songman". This version peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard country charts, and was his last chart entry in his career.
  • Lick the Tins first released their version on a single[73] in 1985 and included it on their 1986 album Blind Man on a Flying Horse. It peaked at no. 42 and spent nine weeks on the UK Singles Chart that year.[2] It was also used in the movie Some Kind of Wonderful.
  • Russell Watson reached no. 69 in the UK in a 2006 recording[74]
  • In 1987, Corey Hart's recording reached No. 1 in Canada and No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • In 1992, Irish singer Luka Bloom released a version on his album The Acoustic Motorbike.
  • Folksingers Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger performed a version at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in 1993 that was recorded on video;[75] it demonstrates Guthrie's story-telling style of performing, and simultaneously underlines the importance of this song.
  • In 1997, Spiritualized's original pressing of Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space had a version of the title track that incorporated the lyrics and melody of "Can't Help Falling in Love".[76] The Presley estate initially objected to this, and a remixed version appeared on the commercial release, with new lyrics. However, Spiritualized continue to use both sets of lyrics in live performances. By 2009, they were allowed to use the version with the Presley lyrics on the reissued edition of the album, with the proviso that the song be titled "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (I Can't Help Falling in Love)."
  • Taiwanese boyband F4 recreated the song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” in 2002 for the movie Lilo & Stitch.
  • Live by In 2006, Andrea Bocelli sang a version of the song on his live album (with DVD) from Lake Las Vegas Resort (near Las Vegas, Nevada) and taped for American television network PBS. It was also later recorded as a duet with Katherine McPhee for Under the Desert Sky album.[77]
  • Ingrid Michaelson released an updated version on her album Be OK in 2008, which was nominated for the American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Single, and Independent Music Award for Best Song – Cover.
  • Chris Isaak released a version on a cover album in 2011 titled Beyond the Sun
  • Twenty One Pilots released a cover of the song on their 2012 Holding On To You EP.
  • In 2017, Pentatonix covered the song for their extended play PTX, Vol. IV: Classics with an accompanying music video.[78]
  • Filipino actor and Singer, Daniel Padilla sang the song "Can't Help Falling In Love" for the same titled 2017 Filipino romantic comedy-drama film Can't Help Falling in Love.
  • In 2018, Iliana Eve's remake was a single from the album Jazz (Deluxe) that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. She was 15 years old when she recorded the song with Benny Reid.[79]
  • A rendition sung by Kina Grannis appears in the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians and the accompanying soundtrack.[80] The soundtrack album peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Digital Albums Chart.[81]
  • Haley Reinhart's remake of the song peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and No. 31 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 4, 2019.
  • American metalcore band Ice Nine Kills released their own rendition of the song in 2021, more horror themed than previous versions and with a stronger, more intense backing of music.

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