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"Put a Little Love in Your Heart" is a song originally performed in 1969 by Jackie DeShannon, who composed it with her brother Randy Myers and Jimmy Holiday. In the U.S., it was DeShannon's highest-charting hit, reaching number 4 on the Hot 100 in August 1969 and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary charts.[1] In late 1969, the song reached number one on South Africa's hit parade. The song is used in the Gus Van Sant film Drugstore Cowboy.

"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Put a little love in your heart jackie deshannon.jpg
Single by Jackie DeShannon
from the album Put a Little Love in Your Heart
B-side"Always Together"
ReleasedJune 1969
Format7" vinyl
LabelImperial Records
Songwriter(s)Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy Myers
Jackie DeShannon singles chronology
"Trust in Me"
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
"Love Will Find a Way"

The song rivaled the success of her signature song, "What the World Needs Now Is Love".



Chart (1968–1969) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 12
South African Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart 4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 2

Annie Lennox and Al Green versionEdit

"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
US edition
Single by Annie Lennox and Al Green
from the album Scrooged
B-side"A Great Big Piece of Love" by The Spheres of Celestial Influence
LabelA&M Records
Songwriter(s)Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday, Randy Myers
Producer(s)David A. Stewart
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Al Green singles chronology
"Everything's Gonna Be Alright"
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
"As Long as We're Together"

In 1988, Annie Lennox and Al Green recorded a version that was released as the ending theme song to the 1988 film Scrooged.[2] The song reached number 9 in the US on the Hot 100 in January 1989 and climbed all the way to number 2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart, as well as becoming a top 40 hit in several countries worldwide. Although credited to Lennox, the song was produced by her Eurythmics partner David A. Stewart.

The video was directed by Sophie Muller.



Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1988–89) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 6
Austrian Singles Chart 4
German Singles Chart 20
Irish Singles Chart 30
Swiss Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 28
US Billboard Hot 100 9

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 51

Other versionsEdit

RIAA gold record for "Put a Little Love in Your Heart", by Jackie DeShannon


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 77.
  2. ^ Brennan, Steve (June 11, 2015). "15 Best Songs From '80s Movies (Besides "The Power of Love")". Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  3. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Archived from the original on September 7, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  4. ^ British Hit Singles, 12th edition, Guinness
  5. ^ "Hollywood Flashback: When Bill Murray Played a Sleazy Lounge Singer on 'Saturday Night Live'". Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Short, Strange Music Career Of Leonard Nimoy". March 2, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Cinematography III : Merry Christmas, You Filthy Animal, by Bright Light Bright Light". Bright Light Bright Light. Retrieved December 3, 2018.

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