Track of the Day: 'Love Train'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

In my glancing attempt to combine themes from both holidays this weekend, here’s one of my favorite songs off the Dead Presidents soundtrack, from The O’Jays. This I didn’t know:

“Love Train” entered the Hot 100’s top 40 on 27 January 1973, the same day that the Paris Peace Accords were signed. The song’s lyrics of unity mention a number of countries, including England, Russia, China, Egypt and Israel, as well as the continent of Africa.

Official music video here. (Above is the O’Jays performance on Soul Train.)

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