Pulsing purple lights illuminate Clarkson for the lovestruck cover. “Love me, love me/ Say that you love me/ Fool me, fool me/ Go on and fool me/ Love me, love me/ Pretend that you love me/ Leave me, leave me/ Just say that you need me,” Clarkson and her background singers croon.
“Lovefool” is the lead single that Peter Svensson and Nina Persson wrote for their Swedish alt-pop band’s third studio album, First Band on the Moon, in 1996. The song spent seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Mainstream Top 40 Airplay chart, beginning with the Feb. 22, 1997-dated tally. Justin Bieber popularly sampled the refrain on his song “Love Me” from his 2009 EP My World, which reached the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. (The original song did not chart on the Hot 100, because at the time, non-commercially available songs — like “Lovefool” — were not eligible to chart on the list.)
Persson spoke to Billboard in 2016 for the song’s 20th anniversary about how its placement in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 romantic tragedy film Romeo + Juliet paved the way for the song’s success in the U.S.
“We definitely were aware that it was a single and a catchy song when we wrote it, but the direction it took is not something we could have predicted,” she said at the time. “It wasn’t necessarily our character; it felt like a bit of a freak on the record — which, objectively, it still is.”
Watch her Kellyoke cover of “Lovefool” below.