Glad All Over

"Glad All Over" is a song written by Dave Clark and Mike Smith and recorded by The Dave Clark Five.[1] In January 1964, it became the British group's first big hit, reaching No.1 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] In April 1964, it reached No.6 on the American US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the first British Invasion hit by a group other than The Beatles. It promptly kicked off the DC5 vs Beatles rivalry, taking the massively successful I Want To Hold Your Hand off the UK number 1. It was also No.1 in Ireland, No.3 in Australia[3] and No.2 in Canada.[3] It reached No.4 in the Netherlands[4] and No.16 in Germany.[5] "Glad All Over" was the No.2 selling single of 1964 in the UK (behind "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles),[6] and also had sufficient UK sales in November and December 1963 to make it the 58th best-selling single of 1963;[7] put together these statistics suggest UK sales for "Glad All Over" of around 1,000,000 units by the end of 1964.

"Glad All Over"
Glad All Over - The Dave Clark Five.jpg
Single by The Dave Clark Five
from the album Glad All Over
B-side"I Know You"
Released15 November 1963 (UK); 27 December 1963 (US)
Format7" single, digital download
LabelColumbia DB 7154 (UK)[1]
Epic 9656 (US)
Songwriter(s)Dave Clark, Mike Smith,[1] Ron Ryan
Producer(s)Dave Clark[1]
The Dave Clark Five singles chronology
"Do You Love Me"
"Glad All Over"
"Bits and Pieces"

"Glad All Over" featured Smith leading unison group vocals, often in call and response style, a saxophone line used not for solo decoration but underneath the whole song, and a big, "air hammer" beat that underpinned the wall of sound production known as the "Tottenham Sound".

In 1993, "Glad All Over" was reissued as a single in the UK and reached No.37 on the UK Singles Chart.[8]


Partial credits.[9][10][11][12][13]


  • Bobby Graham – drums
  • Adrian Kerridge – engineer, co-producer

Chart historyEdit

Use by football and rugby teamsEdit

Crystal Palace Football Club adopted the song as their anthem in the 1960s. It is played at the start of all home games, and after full-time (when Palace win). The chorus is played after home goals, after the goalscorer's name is read out. It is also sung by fans as a chant. On Saturday 10 February 1968, The Dave Clark Five played "Glad All Over" live at Crystal Palace's home, Selhurst Park. A cover version, sung by the squad at the time, was released as part of their FA Cup run (where they reached the final of the competition) in 1990.[22]

Blackpool have also used Glad All Over, played after a home goal is scored, and other English Football League teams including Rotherham United, Port Vale, Swindon Town and Yeovil Town have followed suit. It has also been used by Scottish Football League clubs Partick Thistle and Dunfermline Athletic F.C. when they score a goal. Woking F.C. have also played the song as part of their celebrations on scoring a goal.[23]

The Welsh Rugby Football Club, Pontypridd, began using the song in 2004 to herald the points scored when converting a try, kicking a penalty or scoring a drop goal. This is in contrast to the Chumbawamba song "Top of the World (Ole Ole Ole)" used when Pontypridd score a try.

As of 2014, Wigan Warriors rugby league team have used it at the end of a home game at the DW Stadium if they have won.

Irish team Shamrock Rovers use it as their anthem.

Rangers FC used the song to sing about their striker Joe Garner with its fans trying to get it to Christmas number one in 2016. The song finished 31st on the UK Christmas charts, but topped the Scottish Singles Chart.[24][25]

When Pep Guardiola became manager of Manchester City in 2016, their fans adapted the song so that in place of "I'm feeling glad all over" they sang "Cos we've got Guardiola". It's particularly popular with their travelling supporters.


It was released as a single by the Australian band Hush in 1975 and reached number 8 on the Australian singles chart. It was also included on their 1975 album Rough Tough 'N' Ready.

Quiet Riot covered the song on their first album, /'Quiet Riot, in 1977.

It was covered by The Rezillos on their debut 1978 album, Can't Stand the Rezillos.

In 1980, Olivia Pascal covered the song, as did Suzi Quatro on her Rock Hard album.[26] Quatro's version was a minor hit in Germany.

Donnie Iris and the Cruisers recorded "Glad All Over" on their 1982 LP, The High and the Mighty.

The metal band T.T. Quick included a cover version on their 1986 album Metal of Honor.

Pet Shop Boys covered the song for a B-side to their 2010 single "Together".


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  22. ^ "Crystal Palace are Glad All Over to have gold disc". Croydon Advertiser. 25 November 2013. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
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  25. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 23 December 2016 – 29 December 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  26. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 785–6. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.

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