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. The singer from Eureka, Calif. made her chart debut with this song. Although it didnt reach No. 1 on the Hot 100, it topped the Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs charts and was the No. 1 song of the year on the annual recaps of those two lists.
. When this song reached the top of the Hot 100, the Supremes became the first Motown act to have two No. 1s. Just a few months earlier, they were known around Berry Gordys company as the no hit Supremes, but that changed when their previous single, Where Did Our Love Go, achieved pole position.
. Its not a surprise that Swift wrote this song based on a real guy she was dating. Her family disapproved, inspiring her to base the song on the most famous Love Story of all, Romeo and Juliet, but this time with a happy ending.
Part Time Lover
. Wonder admitted that this song was heavily inspired by two previous Motown hits You Cant Hurry Love and My World Is Empty Without You, both by the Supremes. It was his ninth No. 1 and the first single to top five different Billboard charts.
. After singing with Chess Records the Gems and Rotary Connection, Riperton joined Stevie Wonders backing vocalists, Wonderlove, in 1973. A year later she signed with Epic, with Wonder producing her first album. The initial single failed to chart but the follow up was Lovin You.
Youve Lost That Lovin Feelin
. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote this song on a rented piano at the Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip, inspired by the Four Tops Baby I Need Your Loving. Their dummy lyrics were Youve lost that lovin feelin but producer Phil Spector liked them so much he kept them. The trio completed the song by writing the bridge at Spectors home.
This Guys In Love With You
. Alpert sang this Burt Bacharach Hal David song to his wife on the beach in Malibu on a CBS special. The next day, the network was inundated with calls from viewers asking where they could buy the song. One day later, A&M released a single and it became the labels first No. 1.
Dont Let Go Love
. The 12th entry on the Hot 100 for this female vocal group from Oakland, Calif., it proved to be their biggest hit, with four weeks in the runner up spot. The song was recorded for the soundtrack to Set It Off, starring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett.
Justify My Love
. The video for this song was too steamy for MTV, which refused to air it. Within hours of the networks decision, Warner Reprise Video announced that Justify My Love would be the first commercially released video single. ABCs Nightline then aired the entire video, uncensored.
Thats The Way Love Goes
. Jacksons first single for Virgin was based on a sample from a James Brown No. 1 R&B hit from 1974, Papa Dont Take No Mess. On first listen, Jackson wasnt thrilled with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis track; the producers asked her to take it with her on her two week Christmas vacation and when she returned she told them it was the bomb.
The Power of Love
. Queens, N.Y. native Jennifer Rush was signed to CBS in Germany and found international success with her fourth single, written about her boyfriend Steven. The song kept failing in America, with low charting versions by Rush herself and Air Supply and a slightly better showing for Laura Branigan. Finally it was a No. 1 smash for Dion, who told Billboard, If you want to open up and sing strong, you could not have a better song than
I Love You Always Forever
. Welsh singer Donna Lewis just couldnt eject Los Del Rios Macarena from pole position, so her only single to reach the top 40 of the Hot 100 had to settle for nine weeks at No. 2. She fared better on the Radio Songs chart, where the song was No. 1 for 12 weeks.
I Just Called to Say I Love You
. Dionne Warwick told the producers of the Gene Wilder film The Woman in Red they should ask Wonder to compose the soundtrack. Thats how the film became an Oscar winner; this song, written for the movie, claimed the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Greatest Love of All
. Michael Masser and Linda Creed wrote this song for the film The Greatest, a Muhammad Ali biopic. George Bensons soundtrack single peaked at No. 24 in 1977. Later, when Houston auditioned for Clive Davis, she performed the song, and then it became the B side of her first Arista single, You Give Good Love. Months later, radio airplay forced it out as the fifth single from Houstons debut album.
. Asked to contribute a song to the Back to the Future soundtrack, Lewis said he had the perfect tune: In the Nick of Time. Negotiations went on so long, Lewis gave the song to another film, Brewsters Millions. The Future folks were upset but Lewis said he had a second perfect song, Back in Time. For another scene, Lewis came up with The Power of Love, which became the movies breakout hit.
. Carey and producer Dave Hall did not have the title Dreamlover when they started writing the song. Usually.[I] do an untitled song, says Hall. Well grab the hook and use that as a title. Their collaboration gave Carey her then longest reigning No. 1 hit.
. Other labels were heavily into disco in 1976 but not Motown. So it was an anomaly for Ross to record this Pam Sawyer Marilyn McLeod tune. Ross had no problem with the slow, seductive first half but started laughing when the beats per minute increased, protesting she couldnt sing that part. Producer Hal Davis created a club atmosphere in the studio and Ross got into it, resulting in another No. 1 hit for the former Supreme.
Cant Help Falling in Love
. Elvis Presleys version peaked at No. 2 in 1962. Three decades later, UB40 was asked to remake the song for the soundtrack to Honeymoon in Vegas. The producers passed over their version in favor of one by Bono of U2. The UB40 recording might have gone unreleased, but the music supervisor of another film, Sliver, rescued the track from the Virgin vaults.
I Knew I Loved You
. After producer Walter Afanasieff delivered the new Savage Garden album to Columbia, he was given a message to take back to the band: Its an artistic masterpiece. But we want another
I Want to Know What Love Is
. There wasnt unanimous agreement among the members of Foreigner that this song would be a great single for the group. Lou Gramm thought it might do irreparable damage to their rock image and Rick Willis thought it was fluffy. Mick Jones told Billboard the track was released because it was coming out at Christmas and it had the right kind of mood.
Whats Love Got to Do With It
. Newly signed to Capitol, Turners first single for the EMI owned label was a cover of Al Greens Lets Stay Together, which peaked at a disappointing No. 26 on the Hot 100. The follow up was an original, though U.K. pop quartet Bucks Fizz recorded it first. Their version went unreleased and Turner had her first No. 1 in the U.S.
She Loves You
. John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote She Loves You on a tour bus in Yorkshire, England. It was producer George Martins idea for them to start with the chorus of She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah instead of the first verse.
Thicker Than Water
. Robin Gibb was considered the chart freak in the family but Andy was an avid chart watcher too, and he kept track of his second singles progress up the Hot 100. It slowed down.we were all a little scared, he once recalled. It lost.its jump in sales activity. And then.it just picked up and nothing stopped it.
I Think I Love You
. David Cassidy and his stepmother Shirley Jones were the only cast members of the TV series who appeared on the groups recordings, and Jones says, I did very little.I literally was the backing vocals for David. I never thought Id have a gold record.it hangs on my wall and Im very proud of it.
. After struggling for 15 years, the group scored a No. 1 hit in 1975 with Fire, from their first album for Mercury. The follow up LP, Honey, yielded a single, Sweet Sticky Thing, that stalled at No. 33. It was the second single, Love Rollercoaster, that returned the group to pole position.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
. George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam wrote How Will I Know for Houston. Asked to submit another song, they sent Waiting for a Star to Fall, and when the answer was no, they recorded it themselves as Boy Meets Girl. Encouraged to try again, it only took them two days to write I Wanna Dance With Somebody Who Loves Me. This time, Clive Davis said yes.
Love Will Keep Us Together
. Four months after he was No. 1 on the Hot 100 with Laughter in the Rain, Neil Sedaka was back on top, as a songwriter, thanks to Captain and Tennilles cover of a song A&Ms Kip Cohen heard on the Sedakas Back album.
Roses Are Red
. A hitless Vinton was about to be dropped by Epic, when he found this song in a reject pile and asked to be given one more chance. He recorded it as an R&B tune. It was the worst sounding thing you ever heard in your life, he admits. The label agreed to a second session with a new arrangement, added strings and a vocal choir and the result was a No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Crazy in Love
. The first single from Beyonc
To Sir With Love
. Lulu hated the songs the producers of the film To Sir With Love were considering for the soundtrack. She asked her friend Mark London to write a title song she could sing. He composed the music in five minutes and the next day Don Black wrote the lyrics. I was over the moon, says Lulu.
Vision of Love
. Right after she was signed to Columbia, Carey wrote her debut single with Ben Margulies. She described the composition as being not so much a love song as a celebration of her life at the time.
It Must Have Been Love
. Originally recorded as a Christmas song in Sweden in 1987, this track was revised by Per Gessle when he was asked to update it for the Pretty Woman soundtrack. I heard the director really loved the song, says Gessle. I also heard he re edited the movie to get it in there.
Love Takes Time
. Her first album was being mastered when Carey played a demo of this song for label president Don Ienner aboard a plane. Carey was told the song was a career maker and despite her protests, the presses were stopped and the song was added to her debut release.
Woman in Love
. Barry and Robin Gibb wrote the song for Streisand but the former told Billboard he gives the artist most of the credit. At least 80 per cent of the success of the record belongs to her.
Love Is Blue
. Five years after he co wrote Peggy Marchs No. 1 hit I Will Follow Him, Mauriat was back on top of the Hot 100 with an instrumental cover of LAmor Est Bleu, Luxembourgs entry in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest. Vicki Leandros performed the song, which placed fourth in the annual songfest.
To Know Him Is to Love Him
. Phil Spector was inspired to write the song by a photograph of his fathers tombstone at Beth David Cemetery in New York. The inscription read: To Know Him Was to Love Him.
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
. Freddie Mercury wrote the song while languishing in his bath at the Munich Hilton. He leapt from the tub and ran to his guitar and piano to lay down the melody. His label was reluctant to release the song in the U.S. but radio stations played the imported U.K. single anyway, forcing an American release.
Because You Loved Me
. After viewing the film Up Close and Personal, Diane Warren met with director Jon Avnet to talk about her vision of the song she was to compose for his movie. The next morning in her office, she recalls, The chorus lyrically and musically wrote itself.
. McCartney wrote My Love about one of the members of his post Beatles band, Wings. The inspiration for the sentimental ballad was Scarsdale, N.Y. born Linda Louise Eastman, a professional photographer before she married McCartney on March 12, 1969.
. Ryan Tedder and Jesse McCartney wrote the song, inspired by the latters long distance romance with his girlfriend. McCartney wanted the song for himself but his label was unenthusiastic so it went to the winner of the third season of The X Factor in the U.K.
I Cant Stop Loving You
. Back in 1958, Don Gibson wrote two songs one hot afternoon in Knoxville, Tenn. Oh Lonesome Me and I Cant Stop Loving You. Four years later, Charles only needed to hear the first two lines of the latter before deciding to record it for his album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music.
Best of My Love
. When the Stax label folded, the three Hutchinson sisters had to find a new home. They were signed to a production company run by Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire. With group member Al McKay, White wrote this song specifically for them and the lead voice of Wanda Hutchinson.
Because I Love You
. Songwriter Warren Allen Brooks says his No. 1 hit was a spiritual song, even if people think he was writing about love between a man and a woman. Its really about me and God having a personal relationship.
Let Me Love You
. Mario didnt realize this song was going to be so huge. I didnt know it would touch so many people, he says. But it was an emotional song and those records last forever.
I Will Always Love You
. Houstons signature song was originally a No. 1 hit for the woman who composed the tune, Dolly Parton. Her version topped the Hot Country Songs chart in 1974 and again in 1982.
Silly Love Songs
. 1976 was a very good year for love songs achieving pole position on the Hot 100. First there was Love Rollercoaster by the Ohio Players, followed by Paul Simons 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Love Machine by the Miracles, Let Your Love Flow by the Bellamy Brothers, Love Hangover by Diana Ross and the longest running love No. 1 of the year, Wings Silly Love Songs.
How Deep Is Your Love
. Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb hadnt seen the script for the movie that became Saturday Night Fever when they wrote How Deep Is Your Love for the soundtrack. They werent even certain that there was a love scene in the film. They intended the song for Yvonne Elliman, but their manager Robert Stigwood insisted they record it themselves.
We Found Love
. What could be more romantic than finding love in a hopeless place? Rihanna scored the biggest hit of her career and the top love song of the 21st century with only her fourth Hot 100 entry to feature love in the title, following If Its Lovin That You Want 2005, Hate That I Love You 2007 and her featured role on Eminems Love the Way You Lie 2010.
Ill Make Love to You
. When the members of Boyz II Men first heard Babyfaces composition Ill Make Love to You, they were concerned about recording a song that was too similar to their previous hit, End of the Road. Nathan Morris explains, The record company talked us into doing it and thank God it worked.
. Producer Jon Peters and director Franco Zeffirelli asked Lionel Richie to compose an instrumental along the lines of the theme from Love Story for their movie starring Brooke Shields. When Zeffirelli changed his mind and asked Richie if he would add lyrics, the Motown star agreed to write some. Then Zeffirelli made one more request to add a female singer, someone like Diana Ross.