PEAK POSITION: Number 1 (5 weeks)
YEAR OF RELEASE: May 1985
WHEN DID IT REACH ONE MILLION SALES?: September 1985
Jennifer Rush’s The Power Of Love holds the record for the slowest climb to Number 1 by any single during a continuous chart run (16 weeks). It was the first million-selling single by a woman and the best-selling single by a female solo act in the first 40 years of the Chart.
Since the first chart in 1952, 32 years and more than 10,000 hits passed without a single one being called ‘The Power Of Love’. Then suddenly, between December 1984 and October 1985 three Top 20 entries arrived the that title (with two of them topping the chart!). The others were by Huey Lewis & The News and Frankie Goes To Hollywood (this reached Number 1 in November 1984).
The song spent 12 weeks between positions 41 and 75 on the chart. The re-package of the single with a 4-minute version replacing the 6-minute one finally saw the song break into the Top 40 in week 13. By week 16 it had ascended to Number 1 – this is a record. (The previous record was held by Dead Or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’ which seven months earlier had taken 15 weeks to get to Number 1.
The song was the only single to sell one million copies in 1985.
Celine Dion recorded a version of the song in 1994 and it reached Number 4. A year later, Dion would equal Rush’s 16-week climb to the Number 1 slot with her single ‘Think Twice’.
After twelve records released in three years, The Power Of Love was the final million-seller of the 1980s that sold a copies in the same decade. Other songs went on to sell their million copies later in the digital era.