Love Is In The Air



You can learn how to play Love Is In The Air by John Paul Young!

Released in 1978 by Scottish-born, but Australian-raised John Paul Young, Love Is In The Air was a worldwide hit, charting high in more than 15 countries.

In Canada, Martin Stevens released his own version and halted the success of the “original” which was released later.

Only a few months later, The Jacksons did the same but perhaps with a more carefully executed marketing plan produced the battle of the boogie, which helped spread the song, not halt it.

Love Is In The Air would become John Paul Young’s signature song. What we can learn from the chords is down to the arrangement. Let’s take a look at all of them, with lyrics.


Love Is In The Air chords and lyrics


||: C | C :||

| C | C C6 | Fmaj7 | Fmaj7 |
Love is in the air, everywhere I look around.
| C | C C6 | Fmaj7 | Fmaj7 F/A C/E |
Love is in the air, every sight and every sound.
| G | F F/A C/E | G | Am |
And I don’t know if I’m being foolish. Don’t know if I’m being wise.
| Ab7 | C |
But it’s something that I must believe in.
| A7 | Dm7 G7 |
And it’s there when I look in your eyes.

| C C6 | Cmaj7 C6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 Fmaj7 |
Love is in the air, in the whisper of the tree.
| C C6 | Cmaj7 C6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F/A C/E |
Love is in the air, in the thunder of the sea.
| G | F Fmaj7 | G | Am |
And I don’t know if I’m just dreaming. Don’t know if I feel safe.
| Ab7 | C |
But it’s something that I must believe in.
| A7 | Dm7 Ab7 |
And it’s there when you call out my name.

| G G6 | G7 G | Gadd9 G | Gsus4 G5 |

| C | Fmaj7 F6 F Fmaj7 F6 F |
Love is in the air. 
| C | Fmaj7 F6 F Fmaj7 F6 F |
Love is in the air.
| Em Emb6 | Am Ab7 | G | G | G | G |
Oh, oh, oh, oh.

| C C6 | C C6 | Fmaj7 Fmaj9 | Fmaj7 Fmaj9 |
Love is in the air, in the rising of the sun.
| C C6 | C C6 | Fmaj7 Fmaj9 | Fmaj7 Fmaj9 |
Love is in the air, when the day is nearly done.
| G | F F/A C/E | G | Am |
And I don’t know if you’re illusion. Don’t know if I see truth.
| Ab7 | C |
But you’re something that I must believe in.
| A7 | Dm7 G7 |
And you’re there when I reach out for you.

| C C6 | Cmaj7 C6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 Fmaj7 |
Love is in the air, everywhere I look around.
| C C6 | Cmaj7 C6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F/A C/E |
Love is in the air, every sight and every sound.
| G | F Fmaj7 | G | Am |
And I don’t know if I’m being foolish. Don’t know if I’m being wise.
| Ab7 | C |
But it’s something that I must believe in.
| A7 | Dm7 Ab7 |
And it’s there when I look in your eyes.

| G G6 | G7 G | Gadd9 G | Gsus4 G5 |

| C | Fmaj7 F6 F Fmaj7 F6 F |
Love is in the air. 
| C | Fmaj7 F6 F Fmaj7 F6 F |
Love is in the air.
| Em Emb6 | Am Ab7 |
Oh, oh, oh, oh.

| G G6 | G7 G | Gadd9 G | Gsus4 G5 |

| C | Fmaj7 F6 F Fmaj7 F6 F |
Oh, love is in the air. 
| C | Fmaj7 F6 F Fmaj7 F6 F |
Love is in the air.
| Em Emb6 | Am Ab7 |
Oh, oh, oh, oh.

| G G6 | G7 G | Gadd9 G | Gsus4 G5 |


Love Is In The Air chord progression

What a fantastic example of how to develop a chord progression we have in Love Is In the Air! One of the best ways to produce a hit is to take a couple of simple ideas and just develop them, let’s look at how John Paul Young has done this.

Starting off with this chord progression for the first verse.

| C | C C6 | Fmaj7 | Fmaj7 |
| C | C C6 | Fmaj7 | Fmaj7 F/A C/E |

Essentially just a I – IV movement (#1 on my chord progression list!) The C6 is a quick hint of the Fmaj7 coming up, the F/A C/E leads to the next line, which is this.

| G | F F/A C/E | G | Am |

Chord V – IV, then V – VI, couldn’t be more simple! Just a F/A C/E repeated to vary this simple idea. Now that we’ve done these extremely simple movements, we need some tension, here’s the turnaround of the verse:

| Ab7 | C | A7 | Dm7 G7 |

The Ab7 is a tritone substitution, after the Am, we expected a Dm or perhaps a D7. Resolve to chord I (C), then go to chord VIx, more tension, but not as much as the Ab7. Then a quick II – V and we’re back at the verse again.

As verse 2 starts we get a string line that indicates these chords.

| C C6 | Cmaj7 C6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 Fmaj7 |

Compare this with Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and Kiss Me. It’s a very clever way to vary the first idea.

This is followed by a chorus, which I’ll get to in a bit, then back to a verse, now it changes again!

| C C6 | C C6 | Fmaj7 Fmaj9 | Fmaj7 Fmaj9 |

Finally, in verse 4, we play both the last two ideas on top of each other, now that’s developing a chord progression for you and how to arrange a hit song.

Imagine if the chord progression for all four verses would have just been this instead:

| C | C | F | F |
| C | C | F | F |
| G | F | G | Am |
| D7 | C | A7 | Dm G |

No extensions, no chords setting the new bar up, and no tritone substitution, a pretty big difference, right?

Before the chorus, we get these chords:

| G G6 | G7 G | Gadd9 G | Gsus4 G5 |

This works really well as an open G, try it and you’ll see how it’s essentially the notes DEFGABCD, running through an open position G chord.

As the chorus finally arrives, we use these chords twice:

| C | Fmaj7 F6 F Fmaj7 F6 F |

The extensions over F are played using quarter note triplets. The turnaround for the chorus is this:

| Em Emb6 | Am Ab7 |

That Emb6 sets up the Am nicely. The Ab7 is the same tritone sub we had earlier and because we’ve had it, we’re used to it.

Love Is In The Air’s chords is a masterclass in developing an idea, which is what arranging is all about – and I love it!


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