“The Power of Love” is the third single from Frankie Goes to Hollywood, released in November 1984. It is taken from the album Welcome To The Pleasuredome. The track was first featured during the John Peel Sessions the band performed on during 1983, which was slower and emphasized the track’s original camp ironic content (such as the Hooded Claw being from cartoon The Perils of Penelope Pitstop).
“The Power of Love” followed its two predecessors, “Relax” and “Two Tribes“, to the top of the UK singles chart, scoring the band an early December Number One, being pipped at the post by Band Aid for Christmas chart topper.
To commemorate the Christmas release, Godley & Creme directed a nativity themed video for the single, and the artwork for the single was of a more religious bent. The original showing of the video on The Tube the nativity occupied the whole screen, the borders of band members was added for later showings due to pressure from UK broadcasters.
The single also featured a Christmas message from the band, entitled “Holier Than Thou”.