It Must Have Been Love


About It Must Have Been Love

"It Must Have Been Love" is a song written by Per Gessle and performed by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. The power ballad became the duo's third number one hit in the United States, and is one of their best selling releases, being certified gold or platinum in a number of countries. Four different versions of the song have been officially released. The original song was released in 1987, which was followed by the most successful incarnation, a slightly edited version – omitting the Christmas references – created for the soundtrack to the 1990 movie Pretty Woman. During the "Join the Joyride! World Tour" in 1991, the band recorded a country music version in Los Angeles, included on their 1992 album Tourism. A Spanish-language version of the Pretty Woman recording was released on their 1996 compilation Baladas en Español. Finally, an orchestral live performance from the band's 2009 concert at Night of the Proms was included on their 2012 studio album, Travelling. 


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Lay a whisper on my pillow 
Leave the winter on the ground 
I wake up lonely, is there a silence 
In the bedroom and all around 

Touch me now, I close my eyes 
And dream away

It must have been love, but it's over now 
It must have been good, but I lost it somehow 
It must have been love, but it's over now 
From the moment we touched till the time had run out 

Make believing we're together 
That I'm sheltered by your heart 
But in and outside I turn to water 
Like a teardrop in your palm 

And it's a hard winter's day 
I dream away

It must have been love, but it's over now 
It was all that I wanted, now I'm living without 
It must have been love, but it's over now 
It's where the water flows, it's where the wind blows 

It must have been love, but it's over now 
It must have been good, but I lost it somehow 
It must have been love, but it's over now 
From the moment we touched till the time had run out

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Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Formed in 1986, the duo became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough album Look Sharp!. Their third album Joyride, which was released in 1991, became just as successful as its predecessor. Roxette went onto achieve nineteen UK Top 40 hits and several US Hot 100 hits, including four US number-ones with "The Look", "Listen to Your Heart", "It Must Have Been Love", and "Joyride". Other hits include "Dangerous", "Fading Like a Flower", "Dressed for Success" and "The Centre of the Heart". more »

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Written by: Per Hakan Gessle

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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12 facts about this song

"It Must Have Been Love" was initially called "It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)" and was a Christmas single released in 1987 in Sweden.
Chart Success
Despite its Swedish origins, the song didn't become a global hit until it was slightly reworked and included in the soundtrack of the 1990 movie "Pretty Woman".
Film Association
Because of its association with the blockbuster hit "Pretty Woman" starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, the song became instantly recognizable and a favorite to many.
Paula Abdul Connection
The original version of the song was intended for American singer Paula Abdul's 1991 album "Spellbound", but plans changed and it ended up being recorded by Roxette.
Global Impact
The song became Roxette's third number 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot 100 and also reached number 1 in Canada and Australia.
Music Video
There were two music videos made for the song. The original was directed by Doug Freel while the "Pretty Woman" version was directed by famed Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund.
Cover Versions
There have been various cover versions of the song performed by artists such as country singer Martina McBride and American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken.
Song Composition
This ballad features a combination of piano, synthesizer, and saxophone that contribute to its characteristic sound.
Tragic End
Unfortunately, Swedish singer Marie Fredriksson from the duo Roxette, lost her battle with cancer in December 2019, making this timeless hit song all the more poignant.
Still popular today, "It Must Have Been Love" has a Spotify count of over 240 million streams, proving its longevity and impact in the music industry.
Among its many accolades, the song received a gold certification in the United Kingdom and a Platinum one in Germany, demonstrating its commercial success.
Songwriters Hall of Fame
In 2017, songwriter and Roxette member Per Gessle was honored with induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, partly due to the success of "It Must Have Been Love".

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