Could You Be Loved

Could You Be Loved
"Could You Be Loved"
Single by Bob Marley & the Wailers
from the album Uprising
B-side One Drop
Released June 13, 1980
Genre Reggae
Rock n' roll
New Wave
Length 3:35
Label Island
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer Bob Marley & The Wailers, Chris Blackwell
Uprising track listing
"Pimper's Paradise"
"Could You Be Loved"
"Forever Loving Jah"

"Could You Be Loved" is a song by Bob Marley & The Wailers. It was released in 1980 on their last album Uprising and is included on Bob Marley & The Wailers greatest hits album Legend. It was written in 1979 on an airplane while The Wailers were experimenting on guitar.

In the middle of the song, background singers quote a verse from Bob Marley's first single Judge Not: "The road of life is rocky; And you may stumble too. So while you point a finger, someone else is judging you"

In the song are used guitars,bass,drums,piano and brazilian Cuíca.


Appearances in other media

Marley's song was played right after the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.

The song has been played in various movies including:

Track listings

7" Single

  1. Could You Be Loved - 3:35
  2. One Drop - 3:50

7" Single

  1. Could You Be Loved - 3:35
  2. No Woman, No Cry (Live '75) - 3:57


Chart (1980/1991) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 6
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 56
UK Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 13 [1]
Swiss Singles Chart 2 [2]
Dutch Top 40 4
French Singles Chart 46
Swedish Singles Chart 11
Norwegian Singles Chart 10
New Zealand Singles Chart 2

Joe Cocker version

"Could You Be Loved"
Single by Joe Cocker
from the album Across from Midnight
Released June 27, 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Rock
Length 4:35
Label CMC International
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer Chris Lord-Alge, Roger Davies, Jeffery CJ Vanston
Joe Cocker singles chronology
"Into the Mystic"
"Could You Be Loved"
"N'Oubliez Jamais"

British singer Joe Cocker covered Could You Be Loved on his 1997 album Across from Midnight. Unlike the Original the cover is very Rock-heavy.

Track listings


  1. Could You Be Loved (Single Version) 4:35
  2. Could You Be Loved (Radio Edit) 4:18
  3. The Way Her Love Is 2:44


Chart (1997) Peak
UK Singles Chart 96
German Singles Chart 77
Austrian Singles Chart 39
Swiss Singles Chart 46
Dutch Top 40 88

Other cover versions


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