Put a Little Love in Your Heart

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Albert Flores

"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 chart. In late 1969, the song reached number 1 on South Africa's hit parade. Gus Van Sant utilized it in his film Drugstore Cowboy.

"Put a Little Love in Your Heart" rivalled the success of her signature song, "What the World Needs Now Is Love".



Chart (1968-69)Peak position
Australia Kent Music Report15
Canada RPM Top Singles12
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary9
South African Singles Chart1
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart4
US Billboard Adult Contemporary2

Annie Lennox and Al Green version

In 1988, Annie Lennox and Al Green recorded a version that was released as the ending theme song to the 1988 film Scrooged. 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, including number 28 in the UK for the festive season of 1988-1989. +more Although credited to Lennox, the song was produced by her Eurythmics partner David A. Stewart.

The video was directed by Sophie Muller.


Annie Lennox - vocals *Al Green - vocals


Weekly charts

Chart (1988-89)Peak position
Australian Singles Chart6
Austrian Singles Chart4
Canadian Singles Chart2
German Singles Chart20
Irish Singles Chart30
New Zealand Singles Chart7
UK Singles Chart28
US Billboard Hot 1009

Year-end charts

Chart (1989)Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)51

Other versions

Susan Raye, on her debut 1969 album, One Night Stand. It was released as a single and peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. +more *The Dave Clark Five, in 1969. Issued as a single in the UK, it spent four weeks in the top 75, reaching number 31, three positions below that attained by Annie Lennox and Al Green in 1988. *Andy Williams - Get Together with Andy Williams (1969) *David Ruffin formerly of The Temptations, on his sophomore solo album Feeling Good in 1969. *Siw Malmkvist made a Swedish version in 1970, Pröva lite kärlek nå'n gång with lyrics by the well-known Swedish journalist and songwriter Peter Himmelstrand. Malmkvist's version appeared on her album Underbara Siw (Wonderful Siw), which was awarded a Swedish Grammis the same year. *Cilla Black - Sweet Inspiration (1970) *The Isley Brothers, on 1972's Brother, Brother, Brother album. *Circle Jerks Tongue-in-cheek version appeared as the final track on their 1982 album Wild in the Streets. *At the end of Richard Donner's film Scrooged (1988), Bill Murray breaks the fourth wall to lead a sing-along of the song. *Dolly Parton included a gospel-inspired rendition on her Slow Dancing with the Moon album in 1993. *Judith Durham - Mona Lisas (1996) *Anne Murray - What a Wonderful World (1999) *Mary Mary, for the 2002 film Stuart Little 2 *KC & The Sunshine Band on 'Feeling You! The 60's' (2015) *Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, Carlos Valdes, and John Barrowman perform the song during "Duet", the musical crossover episode between the series The Flash and Supergirl (2017) *Leonard Nimoy, on his 1974 album Outer Space/Inner Mind *Bright Light Bright Light included a duet, performed with Nerina Pallot, on his 2017 EP Cinematography III (2017).

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