Put a Little Love in Your Heart

“Another day goes by, and still the children cry. Put a Little Love in Your Heart…”

There are so many great things about Scrooged that it’s easy to often overlook one of the best–– the closing credits tune, Annie Lennox and Al Green’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”.

The rest of the soundtrack was pretty forgettable, but Annie & Al’s contribution? Well, it was (and still is) pure holiday magic.

After that great “I was a schmuck” speech from Frank Cross (Bill Murray) and the requisite “God bless us, everyone” from ‘little man’ to wrap up Scrooged, the cast starts singin’ the tune, and then ol’ Annie & Al chime in. Go ahead, tell us you’re not getting a little weepy just thinking about it.

Originally a 1968 hit for Jackie “What the World Needs Now is Love” DeShannon, “Put a Little Love…” found its way back into the pop charts 20 years later thanks to the Reverend and that Eurythmics chick. It spent 17 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9 in January of 1989.

Even better, you can still hear it every year as the Smooth 98s of the world switch over to holiday music for a few weeks in December. No, it’s not as popular as Johnny Mathis or Bing Crosby, but we here at Best of the 80s love our Annie & Al.

And if you don’t, well… you need to (see title).

We ♥ Put a Little Love in Your Heart.

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~ by weheart80s on December 21, 2011.

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