"Could You Be Loved" is a song by reggae group 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. The song is considered by many reggae fans to be disco influenced, and by extension influencing the dancehall genre.

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".

Instruments used on the original record of this song are guitars, bass, drums, acoustic piano, the Hohner clavinet and an organ, as well as the Brazilian cuíca.


 [hide*1 Appearances in other media

Appearances in other mediaEdit

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

The song has been played in various movies including:

Track listingsEdit

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


Weekly charts

Chart (1980) Peak


Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 95
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 3
France (IFOP)[4] 10
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 3
Italy (FIMI)[7] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 10
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 5
US BillboardHot Dance Club Play[16] 6
US BillboardHot Soul Singles[16] 56
Year Chart Peak


1981 New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 33
1984 UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 71
1985 New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 16
1991 France (SNEP)[18] 46
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[19] 30
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 27

Year-end charts

Chart (1980) Position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[20] 38
Italy (FIMI)[7] 34
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[21] 23
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[22] 50
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 18

Joe Cocker versionEdit

"Could You Be Loved"
Single by Joe Cocker
from the album Across from Midnight
Released 27 June 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Rock
Length 4:35
Label CMC International
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer(s) 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[edit]Edit


  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


Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[24] 39
Germany (Media Control Charts)[25] 77
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[26] 88
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 46
UK (Official Charts Company) 96

Other cover versionsEdit

  • Marley's four eldest children Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers have performed the song numerous times during their tours. Their performance versions appear on the concert DVDs "Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Live", "Marley Magic: Live In Central Park At Summerstage", "One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute", and their live album "Live Vol. 1".
  • Ska punk band Sublime mentioned "Could You Be Loved" in their song "Don't Push" (from their 1992 album 40oz. to Freedom), saying "If I was Bob Marley I said could you be loved."
  • British pop duo Shakespears Sister recorded a cover of the song, which was included on the CD editions of their 1989 album Sacred Heart.
  • French guitarist Marc Antoine and American singer Patti Austin covered the song and the version was featured on A Twist of Marley in 2001.
  • Bob Marley's sons Damian and Stephen Marley covered the song and renamed it "And Be Loved" for the soundtrack to the 2002 surfing film Blue Crush.
  • American rock band Toto covered the song on their 2002 Through the Looking Glass album
  • Lauryn Hill covered the song on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2011 as a tribute to Marley on the anniversary of his death.
  • Rudy Thomas did a ska treatment of the song, which never charted. Although not ground breaking in any way, Rudy's version is not without merit, replacing the metal synth used on the original with a different voicing that gives his version a new-age reggae feel.

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