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The music video was directed by David Fincher and edited by Robert Duffy at Spot Welders; the black and white video shows giant versions of the Stones, as well as a few residents locked in romantic embraces, rambling about New York City. The video got a Grammy Award win for Best Short Form Music Video.

David Fincher won the Grammy Award for Best Music Video in 1995 for his direction of "Love is Strong." He won exactly ten years later for Justin Timberlake Ft. Jay-Z: Suit & Tie (2013).

"Love is Strong" is one of the music video projects David Fincher worked on after retreating from feature film following his unpleasant experience directing his first film Alien 3 (1992). It was Fincher's final music video project before being convinced to return to directing feature films, starting with Sieben (1995).

Written by Mick Jagger and Mick Jagger, and produced by Don Was, the song features Jagger on lead vocals, harmonica and maracas, Richards and Ronnie Wood on electric and acoustic guitars and backing vocals, newcomer to the band Darryl Jones on bass guitar, Charlie Watts on drums, and Bernard Fowler and Ivan Neville on backing vocals.

The video was filmed in New York City and directed by David Fincher.

Robert Duffy edited the video at Spot Welders in California, USA, and received the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) award for Best Music Video (Short Form) in 1994 for his innovative editing techniques.

The directors of photography were Gary Waller and Mike Trim, and Fred Raimondi is credited with special effects, who were all nominated for MTV Video Music Awards in 1995 for their work on the video.

The song was included on their 2002 career compilation album Forty Licks.

Released as the first single from the album, "Love Is Strong" performed below expectations, barely making it into the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States.

The Rolling Stones performed the song at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.

"Love is Strong" became the lowest charting first single ever by the band and marked a change in the composition of the singles chart as well as the Stones role on it. Despite this, the song remains one of the band's well-known songs from the 1990s.

Despite this, the song remains one of the band's well-known songs from the 1990s.

In time, the track proved popular in Europe going to number 14 in the United Kingdom and received significant airplay in the United States.

In 1995, The Rolling Stones won two Grammy Awards for Best Music Video (for "Love is Strong") and Best Rock Album (for 1994's Voodoo Lounge on which "Love is Strong" appears) marking their first ever Grammy wins despite being one of the most influential and popular music groups over the preceding 30 years. They did not win another Grammy until 23 years later for their 2018 blues album "Blue & Lonesome."


Credited cast:
The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mick Jagger Mick Jagger - Mick Jagger
Darryl Jones Darryl Jones - Darryl Jones
Keith Richards Keith Richards - Keith Richards
Charlie Watts Charlie Watts - Charlie Watts
Ronnie Wood Ronnie Wood - Ronnie Wood
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