Break Up to Make Up

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"Break Up to Make Up"
Single by The Stylistics
from the album Round 2
B-side "You and Me"
Released 1973
Format 7"
Genre Soul, Philly soul
Length 4:00
Label Avco
Writer(s) Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Kenneth Gamble
Producer(s) Thom Bell
Certification Gold
The Stylistics singles chronology
"I'm Stone in Love with You"
"Break Up to Make Up"
"You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)"

"Break Up to Make Up" was a 1973 hit by the Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics. The song was written by Thom Bell, Linda Creed, and Kenneth Gamble.[1]

An R&B ballad, it was the seventh track from their 1972 album, Round 2[2] and was released as a single and reached #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1][3] In addition, it also climbed to #5 in the Billboard R&B chart[3] and reached number #34 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1973.[4] The Stylistics' recording sold over one million copies globally, earning the band a gold disc[1] The award was presented by the RIAA on April 6, 1973.[1] It was the band's fourth gold disc.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

"Break Up to Make Up" has been covered in reggae and pop circles, including in 1973 by Johnny Mathis.

A semi-instrumental version by The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds included in the album Music For Soulful Lovers (1973).

Jean Carne covered the song in 1986.

Freestyle singer Cynthia covered the song in 1991.

R&B singer Will Downing covered the song on his 1993 album, Love's the Place to Be.

The Trammps also covered the song in 1993.

Jamaican-Canadian reggae singer Leroy Sibbles also covered the song in 1995.

Joan Osborne covered the song in 2007 for her album, Breakfast in Bed.


  1. ^ a b c d e Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 351. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ Lytle, Craig. "Round 2". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Allmusic - Charts & Awards
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 537. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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