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You're the Greatest Lover by Luv': Johnny Gold's new version + overview of all the covers




On July 5th, VNC Producties posted the music video for Johnny Gold's latest single, "Hey Hallo (je bent de grootste lovert)", on YouTube. This song is a Dutch cover version of Luv's signature song "You're the Greatest Lover" from 1978. It has been available on Spotify since July 12th.



An international pop classic


"You're the Greatest Lover" by Luv' was originally released by Philips/Phonogram Records in July 1978. The track, written by Hans van Hemert and Piet Souer, was a chart-topper in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and Spain. It peaked at #2 in Austria, #26 in Finland and #15 in South Africa. The single went platinum in the Netherlands (150.000 copies) and gold in Germany (650.000 copies). In France, the song was renamed "Sing me, sing me a chanson", reached #19 on the SNEP chart, and sold 60.000 copies. In early 1979, Phonogram/Philips Records announced that the record had sold 1 million copies worldwide.



You're the Greatest Lover: original release (1978)



In addition to Johnny Gold's recent version, "You're the Greatest Lover" has been covered many times since 1978.




Photo montage by Marco Rens


Here's a list of the cover versions of "You're the Greatest Lover":


  • Ulla Norden: "Wir Sind Verrückt (Wir Beide)" (Germany, 1978)

  • The Hiltonaires (cover band)‎: "You're the Greatest Lover" on "Hits For Young People 18" and "Top Disco" (German compilations released in 1978)

  • Jonathan King: "You're the Greatest Lover" (UK, 1979) - #67 on the UK Singles Chart

  • Disco Light Orchestra (cover band): "You're the Greatest Lover" on the Disco Sensation compilation (Germany, 1979).

  • Franz Lambert ‎: "You're the Greatest Lover" on the Pop-Orgel Hitparade 4 compilation (Germany, 1979)

  • Eini: "Vetonaula" (Finland, 1979)

  • Taru (cover band): "Vetonaula" on the "Disco City 3" compilation (Finland, 1979)

  • James Last Orchestra: "You're the Greatest Lover" on his album "New Non Stop Dancing 79" (Germany, 1979)

  • Disco Ape (cover band): "You're the Greatest Lover" (Finland, 1979)

  • Gina, Dale Haze and the Champions: "You're the Greatest Lover" (Irland, 1979) - #10 on the Irish Singles chart

  • Karl Dall: "Hey Hallo, Ich Bin Die Größte Nummer" (Germany, 1979)

  • Die Molly Sisters: "He, hallo, du bist ein Mann geworden" (East Germany, 1979)

  • Brotherhood of Man: "You're the Greatest Lover" on the Good Fortune album (UK, 1980)

  • Kirmesmusikanten (Accordion duo): "You're the Greatest Lover" on the "28 Super-Sommer-Sonnen-Hits non stop" compilation (Netherlands/Germany, 1985)

  • Angie van Burg: "Wir Sind Verrückt (Wir Beide)" (Germany, 1994)

  • The Hallmond All Stars Orchestra: "You're the Greatest Lover" on the Night Fever Hammond Hit Parade compilation (UK, 1996).

  • Kristina Bach: "Hey, ich such' hier nicht den größten Lover" (Germany, 1999)

  • Loona: "Latino Lover" (Netherlands/Germany/Spain, 2000) - #6 on the German singles chart (250.000 copies sold), #6 on the Swiss singles chart, #9 on the Austrian singles chart, #40 on the Dutch Single Top 100.

  • Rob Ronalds: "Kanjer" (Netherlands, 2002) - #57 on the Dutch Single Top 50

  • Massiv in Mensch: "You're the Greatest Lover" (Germany, 2003)

  • Glamourama: "Greatest Lovers" (Netherlands, 2004) - Medley including You're the Greatest Lover

  • Swoop: "The Greatest Lover" (Belgium, 2005) - #25 on the Ultratop singles chart in Flanders.

  • Renate Fuchs: "Hey, kumm loss m'r Fastelovend fiere" (Germany, 2008)

  • Huub Hangop feat. DJ Maurice: "Ik wil met jou een selfie" (Netherlands 2016)

  • Jack Gelee: "Ich will mit Dir ein Selfie" (Germany, 2016)

  • Feierwut: "Hey Hallo wir sind heut auf Mallorca" (Germany, 2016)

  • RisQGay: "The Greatest Latino Lover" (Netherlands, 2020)

  • Bert & Vief: "De Grootste Liefhebber" (Netherlands, 2021)


Source: VNC Producties, YouTube, Spotify, De Sterren Parade, Johnny Gold on social media

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