Loki, the latest Marvel series on Disney+, has taken up residence on Tunefind’s trending music chart and has once again claimed the top honors. After highlighting the dark track ‘Demons’ by Hayley Kiyoko in the previous episode, last week’s top TV song is one of many versions of a popular French song.
After an intense episode ending, ‘If You Love (Really Love Me)’ is heard as the end credits roll. This melancholy love song continues through the credits before abruptly ending for the post-credits scene.
‘If You Love Me (Really Love Me)’ was released on Brenda Lee’s fourth studio album, Emotions on April 3, 1961. Édith Piaf wrote the lyrics and Marguerite Angèle Monnot wrote the music. It was written about Monnot’s lover, Marcel Cerdan, a French boxer who died in a plane crash on a trip to visit her. ‘If You Love Me (Really Love Me)’ was adapted in English by Geoffrey Parsons.
Édith Piaf released the original single ‘Hymne à l’amour’–French for ‘Hymn to Love’–in 1950. Six years later, she released the English version ‘Hymn to Love’ on her album La Vie En Rose / Édith Piaf Sings In English. Cindy Lauper’s 2003 album At Last features this version as well.
‘If You Love Me (Really Love Me)’–the English adapted ‘Hymn to Love’– has been recorded by other artists like Kay Starr in 1954 and Mary Hopkin in 1976.
Brenda Lee was the highest-charting female artist of the 1960s and biggest pop stars in the early ’60s. She was a child prodigy and appeared on national television when she was ten years old. Lee has released pop ballads, straight country tunes, and rockabilly songs. She is most famous for her 1958 holiday classic, ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.’
Brenda Lee is often compared to Patsy Cline, both making successful efforts in pop-country crossovers. One point of comparison is that these two artists were produced by Owen Bradley and often shared backup musicians and vocalists. Lee had the pop edge, compared to Cline’s musical style.
Between 1958 and 1962, Brenda Lee had 10 consecutive Top Ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, which is a record for a female solo artist – one that she held for over 20 years. Lee released her most recent album in 1991 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fall in 1997. Five years later, Lee was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which made her the first woman to earn both achievements. In 2009, Lee was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
〉Listen now: If You Love Me (Really Love Me) by Brenda Lee
〉More music by Brenda Lee
〉Full list of songs featured in the Loki soundtrack