Can't Help Falling in Love

original film song written and composed by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss; originally recorded by Elvis Presley in the 1961 film "Blue Hawaii"

"Can't Help Falling in Love" is a 1961 song recorded by American singer Elvis Presley for the album Blue Hawaii (1961). It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, and George David Weiss. It was published by Gladys Music, Inc.

The melody is based on "Plaisir d'amour".[1]

The song was originally written for a woman as "Can't Help Falling in Love with Him", which explains the first and third line ending on "in" and "sin" instead of words rhyming with "you".[2]

In the United States, the song was at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 behind Joey Dee and the Starliters' "Peppermint Twist"[3] and went to No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for six weeks.[4][5] This song was also the last song he performed live, at his concert in Indianapolis in June 1977.[6][7]

"Can't Help Falling in Love" was used in Presley's 1961 movie Blue Hawaii. It is seen as one of the greatest songs by Rolling Stone in 2012.[8] According to a 2020 survey, the song is the most popular choice for couples as the song for the first dance at their wedding.[9]


  1. "Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley Songfacts". Archived from the original on April 18, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  2. Peterik, Jim (2010). Songwriting for Dummies. Wiley. ISBN 9780470890417. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  3. "Music: Top 100 – Billboard Hot 100 Chart", Billboard, January 2, 2013
  4. "Adult Contemporary Chart – Billboard", Billboard, January 2, 2013
  5. Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 196.
  6. "Elvis Presley Setlist at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis". Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  7. "Flashback: Hear Elvis Presley Sing 'Can't Help Falling in Love' at Final Concert". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
  8. Rolling Stone (2003-12-11). "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  9. Troy-Pryde, Jadie (23 September 2020). "Apparently 75% of marriages fail because of this wedding song". Marie Claire. Retrieved 6 December 2021.