"Glad All Over" is a song written by Dave Clark and Mike Smith and recorded by The Dave Clark Five.[1] In January 1964, it became the British group's first big hit, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart.[2] In April 1964, it reached number 6 on the American U.S. pop singles chart, becoming the first British Invasion hit by an artist other than The Beatles. It was also number one in Ireland, number 3 in Australia[3] and number 2 in Canada.[3] It reached number 4 in the Netherlands[4] and number 16 in Germany.[5]

In 1993, "Glad All Over" was reissued as a single in the UK, coupled with "Good Old Rock ’n ’Roll" and "Having a Wild Weekend". The record reached number 37.

"Glad All Over" featured Smith leading unison group vocals, often in call and response style, a saxophone line used not for solo decoration but underneath the whole song, and a big, "air hammer" beat that underpinned the wall of sound production known as the "Tottenham Sound".


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Crystal Palace Football Club adopted the song as their anthem in the 1960s. It is played at the start of all home games, and after full time (when Palace win). The chorus is played after home goals, before the goalscorer's name is read out. It is also sung by fans as a chant. On Saturday 10 February 1968 The Dave Clark Five played "Glad All Over" live at Crystal Palace's home, Selhurst Park. A cover version, sung by the squad at the time, was released as part of their FA Cup run (where they reached the final of the competition) in 1990.[6]

Blackpool have also used Glad All Over as their anthem since 2008, and other English Football League teams Rotherham UnitedPort Vale and Swindon Town have followed suit, playing the song whenever they score a goal. It has also been used by Scottish Football League club Partick Thistle when they score a goal. Woking FC have recently started playing it every time they score a goal.[7]

The Welsh Rugby Football Club, Pontypridd, began using the song in 2004 to herald the points scored when converting a try, kicking a penalty or scoring a drop goal. This is in contrast to the Chumbawambasong "Top of the World (Ole Ole Ole)" used when Pontypridd score a try.


In the 1960s, the Peruvian band Los Doltons made a cover in Spanish entitled "Amarrado".

The Australian group Hush released a cover version as a single in 1974.

Scottish band Dead End Kids covered the song in 1977.

The song was covered by Quiet Riot on their first album Quiet Riot in 1977. Guitar work is performed by Randy Rhoads.

Suzi Quatro recorded it on her Rock Hard album in 1980 (second track on the album).[8] It was also the second single from the album and reached chart positions in Scandinavia and Germany (peaking as number 70 on chart 100).

The German actress Olivia Pascal covered the song in 1980.

Recently[when?] Bon Jovi have opened their concerts with a version of this song.

Donnie Iris & The Cruisers released a cover version on their 1982 album, The High and the Mighty.

The band TT Quick covered the song on their 1986 album, Metal Of Honor.

There is a cover version by The Budget Girls on their 1997 album On A Tight Budget.

Claude François sang the song "Petite Mèche de tes Cheveux" which had this song in the chorus.

The Rezillos covered it along with other two 1960s songs on their studio album Can't Stand the Rezillos.

Pet Shop Boys played a cover version during their 2010 Pandemonium Tour in Blackpool and a studio recording was included as one of the B-sides to their 2010 single "Together".[9]

The Canadian punk rock band Nomeansno played this song in 1991 on Sasquatch: The Man, The Myth, The Compilation.[10]


  1. Jump up to:a b c d Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 74–5. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. Jump up^ See List of number-one singles from the 1960s (UK).
  3. Jump up to:a b "DC5 Worldwide Discography". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  4. Jump up^ [1][dead link]
  5. Jump up^ "Jahreshitparade Deutschland 1964". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  6. Jump up^ "Crystal Palace are Glad All Over to have gold disc". Croydon Advertiser. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  7. Jump up^ "Songs Of The Stands: Crystal Palace F.C. - "Glad All Over"". 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  8. Jump up^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 785–6. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  9. Jump up^ "Pet Shop Boys — News — Together". Retrieved 2014-04-05.
  10. Jump up^ "Various - Sasquatch: The Man, The Myth, The Compilation (Vinyl) at Discogs". 1990-09-24. Retrieved 2014-04-05.

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Preceded by

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles

UK number-one single

16 January 1964

Succeeded by

"Needles and Pins" by The Searchers

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