Song Review: Roxette – “It Must Have Been Love”

“It Must Have Been Love” was released as a single from the soundtrack of the film, Pretty Woman. The single was released on March 20, 1990, and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was originally recorded by the duo and was first released in Sweden in 1987 under the title, “It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted).”

I was the ninth grade and one day away from turning 15 when this single was released. I already knew and enjoyed the Roxette’s singles that head been released in the United States since “The Look” was released in 1989. It wasn’t surprising that I liked this song as soon as I heard it. Even if I hadn’t already known about Roxette at the time, I think I still would have fallen in love with “It Must Have Been Love.” There’s just something about the musical arrangement, the lyrics of the song, and Marie Fredriksson’s vocal delivery that captivates the listener and grabs them. I believe it’s this winning combination that helped Roxette achieve a number one single with “It Must Have Been Love.”

The music video combines footage of Roxette with footage from “Pretty Woman.” It was kind of interesting the way some of the footage was projected onto a billowing sheet, because it created an interesting effect that fit well with the flow of the song. I also thought the lighting used in the video during Marie and Per Gessle’s performance in a warehouse worked well with the feel and mood of the song.

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