Hans’ Pick of the Day

The Power of Love” is the title of a 1985 single by Huey Lewis & the News written for and featured in the film Back to the Future. It gave the band their first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and later peaked at #9 in the UK, while appearing on UK editions of the band’s fourth studio album, Fore!. The song was nominated for an Academy Award at the 58th Academy Awards.

The song appears early in Back to the Future as Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) skates to school, then when he and his band played the song for a Battle of the Bands auditions (which Lewis, himself, is judging), and later when Marty returns to his neighborhood. In the sequel, Back to the Future Part II, the 2015 version of Marty barely plays the song on his guitar just after being fired, but because his hand was damaged from his 1985 accident with a Rolls Royce, he cannot play the guitar well. It is hard to tell that he is playing “Power of Love.” Finally, it can be briefly heard playing in the car where Needles and his buddies are driving when Needles challenges Marty to the fate-determining car race near the end of Back to the Future Part III.

Power Of Love – Huey Lewis (Back to The Future)

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