Engelbert Humperdinck, whose real name is Arnold George Dorsey, is a British pop singer known for his ballads. He began his career in 1956 and continues to perform to this day, despite now being in his mid-80s. His style of music is ballads, easy listening, traditional pop, and schlager. During a career that spans eight decades, Engelbert Humperdinck has released a staggering 125 albums. In total, he has sold more than 140 million records worldwide. Here are the best Engelbert Humperdinck songs of all time.
10. Winter World of Love (1969)
‘Winter World of Love’ topped the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart and reached number three on the US Adult Contemporary chart. It was the third single he released from his 1969 self-titled album. The song also spent 12 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, although its highest position during that time was only number 16. It was written by Barry Mason and Les Reed.
9. After the Lovin’ (1976)
In 1976, ‘After the Lovin’’ topped the singles chart in New Zealand and the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States. It is the titular track from Humperdinck’s album that was released the previous year. The song was composed by Ritchie Adams, and the lyrics were written by Alan Bernstein.
8. A Man Without Love (1968)
‘A Man Without Love’ was the second single released from the 1968 album of the same name. The song was originally written in Italian and called ‘Quando m’innamoro.’ The writers of this song were Daniele Pace, Mario Panzeri, and Roberto Livraghi. Barry Mason wrote the English lyrics for the song. Humperdinck’s version peaked at number two on the UK charts.
7. This Moment in Time (1978)
‘This Moment in Time’ topped the Adult Contemporary chart in the United States in 1978, and it was the last of four songs to achieve the top spot on the Easy Listening chart in the United States. Unfortunately, the song was not as successful on the Billboard Hot 100, as it only reached number fifty-eight. The song is the first single that Engelbert Humperdinck released from the album of the same name. It was written by Ritchie Adams and Alan Bernstein.
6. Can’t Help Falling in Love (1979)
‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ was a top 40 hit for Engelbert Humperdinck in 1979, and it was one of the singles released from the album ‘This Moment in Time.’ The song was co-written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss and was originally recorded by Elvis Presley in 1961. It is based on the French love song ‘Plaisir d’amour,’ which was written in 1784. The song featured in Presley’s 1961 film ‘Blue Hawaii.’ Humperdinck was not the only artist to release a cover of the song, as it was also covered by UB40, Bob Dylan, and Tom Smothers.
5. Quando, Quando, Quando (1968)
On the official Engelbert Humperdinck website, ‘Quando, Quando, Quando’ is listed as one of the most popular Engelbert Humperdinck songs of all time. Although it did not achieve the same chart success as many of his other songs, reaching only number 40 on the UK charts, it remains one of his best known and most listened to tracks. It was the third single Humperdinck released from his fourth album, ‘A Man Without Love.’
4. Spanish Eyes (1968)
‘Spanish Eyes’ was originally called ‘Moon Over Naples,’ and it was first performed in 1965 by German bandleader Bert Kaempfert, who also composed the song. It earned Kaempfert his first of five BMI awards that year. Engelbert’s version was released in 1968 under the name ‘Spanish Eyes.’ Others who have covered this song include Freddy Quinn, Al Martino, Little Wille Littlefield, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and Il Divo. It was also performed as a duet by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias.
3. Am I That Easy to Forget (1968)
‘Am I That Easy to Forget’ was released in 1968 as the first single from the album that was called ‘The Last Waltz’ in the United States and ‘His Greatest Hits’ in the UK. It topped the charts in Ireland and was also a number one hit on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US. It was written in 1958 by Carl Belew and W.S. Stevenson, and Belew released the track in the same year. In addition to Engelbert Humperdinck recording this song, it has also been released by multiple country singers, including Gene Vincent, Ernest Tubb, Skeeter Davis, Patti Page, George Jones, Prairie Oyster, and Jim Reeves.
2. The Last Waltz (1967)
‘The Last Waltz’ was Humperdinck’s fourth single and the third single he released from his 1967 debut album ‘Release Me.’ It topped the charts in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, and the Netherlands. This song was co-written by Barry Mason and Les Reed. It sold more than 1.17 million copies in the UK.
1. Release Me (1967)
According to Apple Music, the most requested Engelbert Humperdinck song is ‘Release Me,’ which is a sign of this track’s long-standing popularity. The song was written in 1949 by Eddie Miller and Robert Yount. Engelbert Humperdinck was not the first person to record this song, as it was recorded by many other artists. The first to record this song was Jimmy Heap & The Melody Masters in 1953. A more successful version of the song was recorded a year later by Patti Page. Other versions were sung by Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Jivin’ Gene & the Jokers, Little Esther Phillips, The Everley Brothers, Lucille Starr, Jerry Wallace, and Dean Martin. Englebert Humperdinck’s version of the song topped the UK singles chart.