Songs with Earlier Histories Than the Hit Version

Help support this site! Consider clicking an ad from time to time. Thanks!


It Must Be Love

Written and first recorded by Labi Siffre (UK #14 1972).
Hit version by Madness (US #33/UK #4 1981 |UK #6 1992).
Also recorded by Paolo Nutini (2007).

From the wiki: “The original Labi Siffre recording was released as a single in 1971, and reached #14 in the UK singles chart. It also appeared on his 1972 album Crying Laughing Loving Lying. Madness’ version was originally issued as a standalone single in late-1981 and appeared on their UK #1 compilation album Complete Madness the following year, and on many other Madness compilations since. In 1983, it peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #33. Siffre made a cameo appearance in the Madness video as a violin player. Madness’ recording was reissued in 1992, and this time reached #6 in the UK charts.

“In 2007, Paolo Nutini also released a cover of the song for BBC Radio 1’s cover compilation album Radio 1 Established 1967.”

Madness, “It Must Be Love” (1981):

Paolo Nutini, “It Must Be Love” (2007):

Comments are closed.