I Love Your Smile

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"I Love Your Smile"
Single by Shanice
from the album Inner Child
Released October 22, 1991
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded 1991
Genre New jack swing
Length 4:19
Label Motown
Writer(s) Jarvis La Rue Baker, Sylvester Jackson, Narada Michael Walden, Shanice Wilson
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden For Perfection Light Productions
Shanice singles chronology
"This Time"
"I Love Your Smile"
"I'm Cryin'"
Inner Child track listing
"Keep Your Inner Child Alive" (Intro)
"I Love Your Smile"
"Forever In Your Love"
Ultimate Collection track listing
"Keep Your Inner Child Alive" (Intro)
"I Love Your Smile"
"(Baby Tell Me) Can You Dance"

"I Love Your Smile" is a hit single recorded by R&B singer Shanice and released in 1991 as the first single from her album Inner Child. The song features saxophonist Branford Marsalis. It met success in many countries, including U.S., where it reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

It went to number one on the Billboard R&B charts, where it stayed number one for 4 weeks in December 1991.

To date, it is her best known and most successful hit.[1] Talib Kweli referenced the song in his single "Hot Thing".

Background and writing[edit]

The song features a saxophone solo by Branford Marsalis. The radio and video version of the song edits out the rap bridge from the album version. Janet Jackson and René Elizondo, Jr. can be heard laughing at the end of the song. The track was crafted by producer Louis Biancaniello and the vocals were captured by producer Narada Michael Walden.

Music video[edit]

In the music video, Shanice is in a studio having several pictures taken by a photographer. One scene shows her in a leather jacket, another has her sitting in a chair in front of a microphone stand, and another has her dancing with several backup dancers. In the middle of the video, Shanice walks through the park and the photographer hides behind a tree while he takes more pictures of her. At the end, Shanice offers to take a picture of a family, and then takes a picture of the photographer.

Chart performances[edit]

"I Love Your Smile" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, blocked by George Michael and Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down on Me" and Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy" and topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

In the Netherlands, the song peaked at the top of the Dutch Top 40.

In the United Kingdom, "I Love Your Smile" peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, blocked by Shakespear's Sister's "Stay".

The song also peaked within the top ten on the charts in France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Austria.


In 1992, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Notable Performances[edit]

Shanice performed this song as the first musical guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 25, 1992.[2]

Cover versions[edit]

"I Love Your Smile" was covered by Dutch r'n'b group duo R'n'G in 1998 for a tribute album "Hands on Motown", by Tiffany Evans in 2004 for her self-titled first EP, by Kaori Kobayashi in 2005 for her debut album "Solar, Kaori's Collection", by Jakob Elvstrøm in 2009 for his album "SaxClub vol.1" and by Ukrainian singer Julia Voice in her 2010 song "Vse o lyubvi".[3]

Track listings[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (radio version) — 3:46
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (extended version) — 4:14
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (instrumental) — 4:14
CD single 2
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone single remix)
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone club mix)
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone dub mix)
  4. "I Love Your Smile" (original single version)
7" single
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (radio version) — 3:46
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (instrumental) — 4:14
7" single - Driza Bone remix
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone single remix) — 3:50
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (original version) — 3:46



See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ a b c d e f "I Love Your Smile", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 8, 2008)
  5. ^ Belgian Ultratop 50 Singles Chart. Radio2.be . Retrieved November 9, 2007
  6. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000).
  7. ^ Dutch Top 40
  8. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  9. ^ Irish Single Chart [4] (Retrieved October 28, 2010)
  10. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  12. ^ UK Singles Chart (1992 release) Chartstats.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  13. ^ a b Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  14. ^ "Single top 100 over 1992" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  15. ^ 1992 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  16. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

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