I Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try)

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For songs with a similar title, see I Can't Stop Loving You (disambiguation).
"I Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try)"
Netherlands picture sleeve
Single by Leo Sayer
from the album Leo Sayer
B-side No Looking Back
Released 1978
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Billy Nicholls
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Leo Sayer singles chronology
"Thunder in My Heart"
(1977)
"I Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try)"
(1978)
"Raining in My Heart"
(1978)

"I Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try)" is a song written by Billy Nicholls and first released by Leo Sayer from his 1978 self-titled album on the Chrysalis label. It reached #6 on the UK singles chart and was classified silver. In 2002, Phil Collins also covered the song, as "Can't Stop Loving You". His version reached #28 on the UK singles chart. For other versions of the song, see section below.

Release history[edit]

Track listing[edit]

The Leo Sayer single was released in 1978 as follows:

  • A-Side: I Can't Stop Loving You (Though I Try)
  • B-side: No Looking Back

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[1] 6

Credits[edit]

  • Billy Nicholls – songwriter
  • Leo Sayer – vocals
  • Leland Sklar – bass
  • Steve Porcaro – synthesizer
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Russ Kunkel – drums
  • Waddy Wachtel – electric and acoustic guitar
  • Greg Phillinganes – piano

Phil Collins version[edit]

"Can't Stop Loving You"
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Testify
B-side "High Flying Angel"
Released 28 October 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop rock
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Billy Nicholls
Producer(s) Phil Collins, Rob Cavallo
Phil Collins singles chronology
"In the Air Tonite"
(2001)
"Can't Stop Loving You"
(2002)
"Come with Me"
(2003)

"Can't Stop Loving You" is the tenth song by English singer Phil Collins on his seventh solo album Testify, released in 2002. The song was the lead single from Testify. It is also released as the twelfth track on the first CD of the 2004 compilation album, Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New. Although it had minor airplay, the song was yet another number one Billboard adult contemporary smash hit for Collins, his eighth.[2] The song also reached the number ten on the Eurochart.

The song was originally recorded by Phil Collins in 2000 for a love songs project along with Least You Can Do, but both tracks were released in 2002 for Testify.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Can't Stop Loving You" – 4:18
  2. "High Flying Angel" (US Single & Japan Testify Only) – 4:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002–03) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 23
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[5] 16
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[6] 7
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 3
French Singles Chart[8] 3
German Singles Chart[9] 11
Hungarian Singles Chart[10] 9
Irish Singles Chart[11] 39
Italian Singles Chart[12] 20
New Zealand Singles Chart[13] 48
Swedish Singles Chart[14] 20
Swiss Singles Chart[15] 23
UK Singles Chart[16] 28
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 76
US Adult Contemporary[2] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Belgium (BEA)[17] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[18] Gold 250,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Credits[edit]

Other cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phil Collins UK Singles Chart info". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Phil Collins – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Leo Sayer UK Singles Chart info". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 5 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You". Austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You". Lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 Singles". Charts.de (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Archívum: Kereső – Lista és Dátum Szerint". Mahasz (in Hungarian). Retrieved 4 February 2013.  On the three drop-down menus, select Single (track) Top 10 lista, 2002 and 46, respectively and click Keresés.
  11. ^ "Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 7 November 2002". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You". Hitparade.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "2002-11-16 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  17. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2003". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  18. ^ "French single certifications – Phil Collins – Can't Stop Loving You" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Cry" by Faith Hill
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
30 November 2002
Succeeded by
"Cry" by Faith Hill