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Hopelessly devoted to you

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"Hopelessly Devoted to You"
Olivia Newton-John - Hopelessly Devoted To You.jpg
Single by Olivia Newton-John
from the album Grease OST
B-side"Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" by The Grease Orchestra
ReleasedSeptember 9, 1978
GenreCountry pop
Writer(s)John Farrar
Producer(s)John Farrar
Olivia Newton-John singles chronology

"Hopelessly Devoted to You" is a song written by John Farrar. It was originally performed by Olivia Newton-John in the film version of Grease. The song received an Oscar nomination as Best Original Song, losing to "Last Dance" from Thank God It's Friday at the 51st Academy Awards.

Halfway through shooting the movie, Newton-John's contractually-entitled vocal solo had still not been written. Farrar, Newton-John's personal producer, wrote the song and submitted it to the film's production team. Though reluctant at first, they eventually approved it; shooting and recording took place after the rest of the film had been completed.[1]

Newton-John performed the song at the 21st Grammy Awards.[2] It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and number seven on the Easy Listening chart.[3] On the country chart, "Hopelessly Devoted to You" peaked at number twenty and was her first top twenty country hit in two years.[4] The song bears similarity to Cilla Black's 'I Only Live To Love You' (1967).

Although the song was not part of the original musical production, it was kept for the 2016 Grease: Live performance, sung by Julianne Hough.[5]


  • 1 Chart performance
    • 1.1 Weekly charts
    • 1.2 Year-end charts
  • 2 Sonia's version
    • 2.1 Formats and track listings
    • 2.2 Charts
  • 3 Other cover versions
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Sonia's version

"Hopelessly Devoted to You"
Single by Sonia
B-side"The Anthem Medley"
ReleasedJune 30, 1994
FormatCD single
7" single
12" single
LabelCockney Records/BMG
Writer(s)John Farrar
Producer(s)Mark Cyrus
Sonia singles chronology

In 1994, Sonia took over the role of Sandy at a West End production of Grease, replacing Debbie Gibson. In conjunction, she released a cover version of the song. The single was released in June 1994 as a non-album single. It has a double A-side released as a B-side "The Anthem Medley". On the 12-inch single, "The Anthem Medley" was released as the A-side and "Hopelessly Devoted to You" as the B-side. The music video for Sonia's version of "Hopelessly Devoted to You" features Sonia walking through an old city and singing. The music video for "The Anthem Medley" features Sonia dancing and singing in a nightclub.[23] The single become her first not to reach top forty in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number sixty-one.

Formats and track listings

CD single

  1. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - 2:58
  2. "The Anthem Medley" - 4:24
  3. "The Anthem Medley" (Club Mix) - 7:04
  4. "The Anthem Medley" (Extended Mix) - 6:24

7" single

  1. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - 2:58
  2. "The Anthem Medley" - 4:24

12" single

  1. "The Anthem Medley" (Club Mix) - 7:04
  2. "The Anthem Medley" (Extended Mix) - 6:24
  3. "Hopelessly Devoted to You" - 2:58

Other cover versions

  • In 1996, the song was covered for the Greased EP by Less Than Jake.
  • In 2001, Swedish teen pop girl group Play covered this song for the album Us Against the World.
  • In 2003, English-Irish girl group Girls Aloud recorded a cover for the TV special Greasemania.
  • A cover of the song was performed by Kristin Chenoweth's character Olive Snook in the 2007 Pushing Daisies episode "Dummy".
  • The song was featured in the 2012 Glee episode, "The Role You Were Born to Play". It was sung by Darren Criss as his character Blaine Anderson.
  • In 2014, The X Factor Australia series 6 winner Marlisa Punzalan performed her version of the song on the third week of the live shows. It was later included on her debut album, titled Marlisa.
  • In 2016, American Idol (season 15) contestant Dalton Rapattoni performed his version of the song during the third round of Hollywood Week.
  • In 2017, Cornwall (UK) teenager, Daisy Clark released the song on Spotify and iTunes having hit almost 6 million views on Facebook on the Music Crowns platform.


  1. ^ "Hopelessly Devoted To You by Olivia Newton-John Songfacts". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Grammy's Greatest Moments, Volume III: Various Artists". Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 182. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 249. 
  5. ^ Patrick Gomez (2016-01-31). "Grease Live: Hopelessly Devoted to You Not Cut". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  6. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  7. ^ " – Olivia Newton-John – Hopelessly Devoted to You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0014." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 0019." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 0012." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Hopelessly Devoted to You". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  12. ^ " – Olivia Newton-John – Hopelessly Devoted to You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  13. ^ " – Olivia Newton-John – Hopelessly Devoted to You". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Archive Chart: 1978-11-18" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  15. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  16. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  17. ^ "Olivia Newton-John – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Olivia Newton-John. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-03. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  19. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  20. ^ "Top Selling Singles of 1978 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 1978-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  21. ^ "Top 100 1978 - UK Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  22. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  23. ^ "Sonia Evans The Anthem Melody". YouTube. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2009-12-31. 

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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