Love Is Like Oxygen

"Love Is Like Oxygen"
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Single by Sweet
from the album Level Headed
B-side "Cover Girl"
Released January 6 1978 [1]
Recorded 1977
  • 6:57 (album version)
  • 3:46 (single version)
Producer(s) Sweet
Sweet singles chronology
"Stairway to the Stars"
"Love Is Like Oxygen"
"California Nights"
"Love Is Like Oxygen"
France single
France single
"Love Is Like Oxygen"
Netherlands single
Netherlands single

"Love Is Like Oxygen" is a song by the British band Sweet and released in January 1978. It was co-written by the group's guitarist Andy Scott, and Trevor Griffin, a musician who had played with various unsuccessful bands before becoming a roadie and sound engineer.[citation needed] The song was a departure from earlier recordings by Sweet, which were more guitar-driven, and featured high vocal harmonies. The extended album version of the song (6 minutes 57 seconds), which appeared on their album Level Headed, incorporates strings and has some disco elements.

Their first release on the Polydor label after their departure from RCA, it was also their last Top 10 hit, reaching No. 4 in New Zealand; No. 6 in Switzerland; No. 8 in Belgium, Canada, and the United States; No. 9 in United Kingdom and Australia; and No. 10 in West Germany.

Later that year it was honoured with a Song of the Year nomination at the Ivor Novello Awards, although beaten by "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty. The song is frequently included on greatest hits compilations, usually in its edited single version.

Chart performance


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  3. ^ Kim Cooper; David Smay (2001). Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth. Feral House. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-922915-69-9.
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  11. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Retrieved 2016-10-13.

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