"Can't Stop Fallin' In Love" was another one of my favourites by globe. The Tetsuya Komuro（小室哲哉）band started off 1996 with a huge No. 1 hit, "DEPARTURES", and then ended the year with another No. 1 in the form of this song which was their 7th single released in October.
Like "DEPARTURES", "Can't Stop Fallin' In Love" has this calm but forward-moving atmosphere to it with the latter song perhaps a little more insistent with the beat. Komuro and the other third of globe, Marc Panther, came up with the lyrics while Komuro took care of the music. Main vocalist Keiko then related the story of a woman who is wracked with uncertainty about somehow getting back together with an old flame. The music rather hints that although the woman is far from devastated about making that potential mistake, she and her situation are chewing at each other like some existential debate.
Again I wasn't particularly all that enthused with the gravelly Marc rap but overall the song kept me tuned whenever globe turned up on any of the music shows (I was a fairly impatient channel surfer). As I said, it hit No. 1 and although it came out the day before Halloween 1996, it soon became the 41st-ranked song of the year, and its rise continued for another year until it even hit No. 26 for the 1997 charts. The single sold over 1.3 million copies and got Tetsuya and company invited to the 1996 Kohaku Utagassen for the first time.
JR was also very happy to use "Can't Stop Fallin' In Love" for its JR ski ski campaign.