Be My Lover
|"Be My Lover"|
|Single by La Bouche|
|from the album Sweet Dreams|
|B-side||"Do You Still Need Me"|
|Released||March 3, 1995|
|Format||CD single, CD maxi, 12" maxi|
|Writer(s)||Melanie Thornton, Uli Brenner, Gerd Amir Saraf, Lane McCray|
|Producer(s)||Frank Farian, Uli Brenner, Gerd Amir Saraf|
2x Platinum (AUS)
|La Bouche singles chronology|
It is one of their biggest hits, alongside "Sweet Dreams". This song was dubbed into many megamix tracks and has had remix versions. It reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also topped the American dance chart for two weeks in December 1995 and hit number one in Australia, Germany and Sweden.
Two different music videos were made for this song, the first (European version), which was filmed in the city in night, features Melanie Thornton in a black outfit singing while driving a car, and the second (American version), filmed in studio, features her singing into a microphone, wearing purple.
Usage in media
The song was played in the 1995 Brazilian soap opera A Próxima Vítima, in the 1997 movie Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, in the 1998 movie A Night at the Roxbury, in the 1999 movie Earthly Possessions, in an episode of the sitcom Step by Step. It was also spoofed as "One Zero 001" on the computers-themed episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy and used in Audition Online Dance Battle as a song. It can be vaguely heard in the background in the "World's Greatest Dick" episode of the 3rd Rock from the Sun, in the Gay Bar that Sally and Harry walk into at the beginning of the episode.
In 2000, when Melanie Thornton left the group to start her solo career, Frank Farian brought Natascha Wright to La Bouche, to be the new front-woman and the group recorded a new version of the song with Natascha's vocals. That version was released on TV in ZDF Das große Sommer Hit-Festival on July 27, 2000.
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Be My Lover".
Charts and sales
"Back for Good" by Take That
|German number-one single
May 26, 1995 – June 16, 1995 (4 weeks)
"Mief!" by Die Doofen
"Se på mej" by Johansen
|Swedish number-one single
May 26, 1995 (1 week)
"'74–'75" by The Connells
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Nicki French
|Canadian RPM Dance Chart number-one single
August 21, 1995 (1 week)
"Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)" by Scatman John
"Reach" by Lil' Mo' Yin Yang
|Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
December 23, 1995 – December 30, 1995 (2 weeks)
"Beautiful Life" by Ace of Base
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- Canada Dance peak position
- Canada peak position
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- Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
- Oricon Singles Chart (Retrieved 2 November 2012)
- "Single top 100 over 1995" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
- Billboard: Hits of the World, 7 May 1994
- "Be My Lover", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
- "1995 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
- 1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved February 11, 2008)
- 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved February 11, 2008)
- Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1995
- 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
- "1995 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Swisscharts. Retrieved April 19, 2010.
- "Billboard Top 100 – 1996". Retrieved August 27, 2010.
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- French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
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- U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved July 28, 2008)