Can't Stop Lovin' You

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For the Aerosmith song featuring Carrie Underwood, see Can't Stop Lovin' You (Aerosmith song). For other songs with a similar title, see I Can't Stop Loving You (disambiguation).
"Can't Stop Lovin' You"
Single by Van Halen
from the album Balance
B-side Crossing Over
Released 1995
Format CD, Cassette
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop Rock[1]
Length 4:07
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Eddie Van Halen, Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Van Halen singles chronology
"Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)"
(1995)
"Can't Stop Lovin' You"
(1995)
"Not Enough"
(1995)

"Can't Stop Lovin' You" is a song by American hard rock band Van Halen. It was released in 1995 as the third single from their tenth album Balance.

The song emerged after producer Bruce Fairbairn asked for a more pop-oriented song. Instead of searching for his archives, Eddie Van Halen decided to write new music from scratch.[2] The song was written by all members of Van Halen and is about everlasting love and friendship. The song pays homage to Ray Charles' song "I Can't Stop Loving You", particularly in the line where Sammy Hagar sings "Hey Ray, what you said is true..."

Chart performance[edit]

The song was Van Halen's most successful single from Balance in the United States, being the only single which reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #30. The song also reached #2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, #11 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart, and #33 on the UK singles chart.

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 100

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Peter Christopherson, is set in an average middle class American home, where it goes back and forth between the band performing the song and people showing their affection for one another, from an old couple celebrating their anniversary, to a teen couple, to a boy and his dog, to a woman and her pet monkey. There is also a moving moment in the video in which a girl mourns the loss of her dog.

In the beginning of the video, it shows a man taking a gun and his wife worried. In the end, the video shows his wife and his son waiting for him as he leaves the prison. What he did and his time in prison are shown in the video of the song "Don't Tell Me (What Love Can Do)".

The video appeared in an episode of Beavis and Butt-Head.[4]

Legacy[edit]

The song was performed considerably on the 1995 Ambulance Tour with Sammy Hagar. It was featured on both Van Halen compilations Best Of – Volume I and The Best of Both Worlds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/5150-mw0000192158
  2. ^ Chilvers, C. J. (2001). The Van Halen Encyclopedia. iUniverse. p. 48. ISBN 0595166695. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ Edward Van Halen: A Definitive Biography

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