Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe

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"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe"
Single by Barry White
from the album Can't Get Enough
B-side "Just Not Enough"
Released July 25, 1974
Format 7 inch vinyl
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul, disco, pop soul
Length

3:28 (single version)

4:31 (album version)
Label Philips, 20th Century
Writer(s) Barry White
Producer(s) Barry White
Barry White singles chronology
"Honey Please, Can't Ya See"
(1974)
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe"
(1974)
"You're the First, the Last, My Everything"
(1974)
Music sample
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love"
CD Single Cover
Single by Taylor Dayne
from the album Soul Dancing
B-side "Let's Spend the Night Together"
Released June 10, 1993 [1]
Format Cassette single
CD single
12" vinyl
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop
Length 4:25
Label Arista
Writer(s) Barry White
Producer(s) David Cole, Robert Clivillés
Taylor Dayne singles chronology
"Heart of Stone"
(1990)
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love"
(1993)
"Send Me a Lover"
(1993)

"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" is a song written, recorded, and produced by Barry White. Released as the first single from his album Can't Get Enough in 1974, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. R&B charts[1] and has since become one of his signature tunes. It was his second U.S. chart-topper, after "Love's Theme".

The song is a pop-soul track with lush string arrangements and a disco-influenced beat behind it. The single differs from the LP version in that White sings solo during the intro whereas on the LP version he performs background vocals. The single is also an edit and is mixed differently.

White performed this song live on The Midnight Special in 1974.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1
UK Singles Chart 8

Taylor Dayne version[edit]

In 1993 the song was covered – as "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" – by Taylor Dayne. When Dayne submitted her planned third album to Arista Records, label president Clive Davis strongly suggested that she remake the Barry White classic to serve as the album's lead single (replacing Dayne's choice, the self-penned "I'll Wait" which was the planned title cut; the album's title was amended to Soul Dancing).

Produced by David Cole and Robert Clivillés of C+C Music Factory, Dayne's "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" became a smash dance club hit peaking at #2.[2] However, the track evinced a sharp drop in Dayne's profile on the Billboard Hot 100 with a #20 peak; Dayne's first seven singles had all reached the Top Ten but her eighth single "Heart of Stone" peaked at #12. "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" was her final Top 40 hit with the follow-up single, "Send Me a Lover", being her last Hot 100 entry.

The track had more impact for Dayne internationally; in Australia, it spent three weeks at #2 in August 1993.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Album Version 4:25
  2. C+C Extended Club Mix I 6:05
  3. C+C Extended Club Mix II 6:46
  4. C+C Special Edition Mix 6:12
  5. "Let's Spend the Night Together" 5:35

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 20
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 2
UK Singles Chart 14
Australian Singles Chart 2
Japanese Orican Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 17
Austrian Singles Chart 29
Dutch Singles Chart 9
Swedish Singles Chart 34
German Singles Chart 56

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 99

In popular culture[edit]

  • It was covered by the Belgian act Big Tony in 1983.
  • The Barry White recording was featured in the films Cookie (1989), Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! (2004), Robots (2005), and 16 Blocks (2006), where the song appeared on the soundtrack and, in the film, was heard during the closing credits.
  • The song appears in several episodes of the Fox TV series The Simpsons, most notably, during scenes in "Whacking Day" and "The Last Temptation of Homer". Barry White was a big fan of the comedy. He recorded a version specially for the episode "Whacking Day", in which he also appeared as a guest star. The song also appeared in the 1994 clip show episode in one of the clips at the end.
  • The song also appears on the original motion picture soundtrack for the movie Beautiful Girls (1996). This version, by the band Afghan Whigs, has a distinctly rock sound while maintaining the underlying soul influence of the original.
  • The song also appeared in the Nickelodeon show Angry Beavers in the episode "Beaver Fever". One of the characters sang a slight variation of the song called "Oh Baby".
  • It was also featured in the comedy film Down to You (2000) as a song that Al sings to Imogen when they get back together.
  • In 2004, Ricki-Lee Coulter performed this song in the semi-finals of the second season of Australian Idol and progressed to the Top 12 the following night.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Tall Tales" (2007), the song appeared in the background of one scene.
  • Hall & Oates covered the song on their album Our Kind of Soul.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 620. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974–2003. Record Research. p. 71. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Shot the Sheriff" by Eric Clapton
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (Barry White version)
September 21, 1974 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Rock Me Gently" by Andy Kim
Preceded by
"Feel Like Makin' Love" by Roberta Flack
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single (Barry White version)
September 7, 1974 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"You Haven't Done Nothin'" by Stevie Wonder