Originally released in 2002 in partnership with NME to celebrate their 50th anniversary and 50 years since NME printed the first ever singles chart in the UK. 1 Love saw the cream of British artists come together to pick their favourite number one to cover. Having appeared on the 1995 Help album, Oasis continued their support of War Child with an acoustic rendition of Slades Christmas classic Merry Xmas Everybody. Stereophonics chose Nothing Compares 2 U with Kelly Joness gravelly vocal complementing this stripped back version of the track written by Prince, performed by The Family and taken to number one by Sinead OConnor in 1990.
Faithless and Dido stamped their mark on Beats Internationals Dub Be Good To Me whilst Jimmy Eat World transformed Prodigys Firestarter stripping it back but keeping the dark and ominous mood of the original. The Prodigy themselves paid homage to Liam Howletts heroes The Specials with their own brooding version of Ghost Town.
The Manic Street Preachers joined Oasis in appearing on their second album for War Child with a cover of Out Of Time and Muse began their journey with the charity by adding their unique spin to 1964 number one The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals.
Elsewhere Elbow take on Thunderclap Newman with a low-fi cover of Something In The Air, there are contributions from Starsailor, Badly Drawn Boy teams up with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and Feeder give a haunting, pre-John Lewis cover of The Power of Love.
1 Love is part of a series of four releases by War Child Records making the amazing music artists have donated to the charity available on DSPs and vinyl for the first time. All proceeds from these releases will directly fund War Childs life saving work with children affected by conflict.
Starsailor All Or Nothing
Feeder The Power Of Love
Muse House Of The Rising Sun
Stereophonics Nothing Compares 2 U
Faithless and Dido Dub Be Good To Me
Oasis Merry Christmas Everybody
Elbow Something In The Air
The Reelists ft. Ms Dynamite Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)
Manic Street Preachers Out Of Time
Badly Drawn Boy and Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra Come On Eileen
The Prodigy Ghost Town
Jimmy Eat World Firestarter
Darius Pretty Flamingos
More Fire Crew ft Gabrielle Dreams
McAlmont and Butler Back For Good