Finding three songs with the same title is one thing, finding three songs with the same title all released quite close to each other is quite unusual. The U.K. Top Ten in 1985 had three songs titled The Power of Love from three different artists.
The Power of Love by Frankie Goes To Hollywood was initially issued as a single in November 1984, and was taken from their debut album Welcome to the Pleasuredome. It followed its two predecessors, Relax and Two Tribes, to the top of the UK singles chart. It scored the band an early December number-one, stayed in the Top 40 for 18 weeks, and is often regarded as a Christmas song despite having no reference to Christmas within the song lyrics. However, the accompanying video features the Nativity, and the single cover was The Assumption of the Virgin.
Written for and featured in the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future, this song gave Huey Lewis and the News their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and a Top 10 hit in the U.K. where it appeared on UK editions of the band’s fourth studio album, Fore!
Like FGTH, Jennifer Rush’s hit also came from her debut album. The song (originally recorded in 1984) was released in June 1985 in the U.K. where it topped the chart for five weeks in October 1985 and became the best-selling single of the year.
Considering these songs are over 35 years old and have been played to death on TV and radio, it was quite difficult to pick a winner. Unlike their previous two raucous hits, the Frankie song is a slow, almost power ballad-esque number that highlights the band’s more sensitive side and at certain times it can move me to tears. I always enjoy the Huey Lewis song when I watch Back to the Future but I’m not fussed if I hear it outside of the movie. I never liked the Jennifer Rush song when it first came out but as I’ve gotten older I really appreciate this power ballad and Rush’s strong, throaty vocals. So after much too-ing and fro-ing, my choice is Frankie Goes to Hollywood over Jennifer Rush just for the power that song has over me.