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"We May Never Love Like This Again"
side-A label
Side A of the New Zealand single
Single by Maureen McGovern
from the album The Towering Inferno
B-side"Wherever Love Takes Me"
ReleasedJanuary 1975
Label20th Century
Songwriter(s)Al Kasha
Joel Hirschhorn
Producer(s)Carl Maduri
Maureen McGovern singles chronology
"Give Me a Reason to Be Gone"
"We May Never Love Like This Again"
"Even Better Than I Know Myself"

"We May Never Love Like This Again" is a song written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn for the 1974 disaster film The Towering Inferno.[1] It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and was performed by Maureen McGovern both for the film score and, briefly, in the film itself with McGovern portraying a singer.[1]

Her recording was issued as a single along with her rendition of "Wherever Love Takes Me", a song from the movie Gold, which would compete with "We May Never Love Like This Again" for the Best Song Oscar, serving as B-side. "We May Never Love Like This Again" reached #83 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the single was a top-five hit in Australia.


McGovern had previously performed Kasha and Hirschhorn's song "The Morning After" for The Poseidon Adventure, which also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song two years prior.[1] Due to her associations with two Oscar-winning songs, McGovern recorded Academy Award Performance: And the Envelope, Please an album comprising Oscar-winning songs, which included both "The Morning After" and "We May Never Love Like This Again".

Hollywood composer John Williams wrote the original music score for the film, and interpolated the tune of the song into the underscore of the movie. The actual 1974 song recording for the album (subsequently released as a single) was produced by Carl Maduri for Belkin-Maduri Productions. It was arranged by Joe Hudson and was engineered by Arnie Rosenberg.

Chart performance

Weekly charts

Chart (1975) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 5
Canada Adult Contemporary[3] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 83
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening[5] 20

Year-end charts

Chart (1975) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 55


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 136. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 185. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 557.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 165.
  6. ^ "National Top 100 Singles for 1975". Kent Music Report. 29 December 1975. Retrieved 15 January 2022 – via Imgur.