Billboard #1 Hits: #198: “Love Is Blue”- Paul Mauriat. February 10, 1968. #1 for 5 weeks.

  • Single: “Love Is Blue”- Paul Mauriat
  • Record Company- Philips
  • Genre: Easy Listening
  • Written by: Andre Popp and Pierre Cour
  • Time: 2:31
  • B-side:”Sunny”
  • Album-Le Grande Orchestre de Paul Mauriat Volume 5
  • Grade: B
  • Peaked at #1 for 5 weeks.

“Love Is Blue” spent 5 weeks at #1 the second longest stretch at #1 for an instrumental behind “Theme From A Summer Place.” It was also the only #1 in the United States by a French artist until 2017 when Daft Punk was a featured artist on The Weeknd’s #1 hit “Starboy.” “Love Is Blue” was a remake -the original version came out in 1967 by Vicky which finished 4th in the Eurovision Song Contest.


8 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #198: “LOVE IS BLUE”- PAUL MAURIAT- FEBRUARY 10, 1968

  1. I loved this song with a passion back then (I was a nerdy 13 year old), and bought the 45 single. I don’t know why, but it just ‘hit me in the feels’, as people like to say now. I guess it’s partly due to the fact I’ve always loved sweeping orchestral instrumentals like it, Theme From ‘A Summer Place’, Theme from ‘Exodus’, Theme From ‘Love Story’, etc. I hated every other version of Love is Blue that was recorded with sung lyrics though. It was my #1 favorite song from 1968 through to the early 70s, when it was finally replaced by Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, which has remained my all-time favorite song for the past 48 years! How’s that for a switch?

    • I haven’t updated my all-time favorite songs list for a while, but it would probably still rank in the top 50. My top 10 are:

      1. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
      2. Light My Fire (extended version) – Doors
      3. California Dreamin’ – Mamas & Papas
      4. Clocks – Coldplay
      5. Every Breath You Take – The Police
      6. Losing My Religion – R.E.M.
      7. Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues
      8. West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys
      9. Rolling in the Deep – Adele
      10. Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears For Fears

    • That is one of those songs which is great for the radio to play- before the top of the hour and going into the news- back in the day.

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