"La-La (Means I Love You)" is a 1968 song originally performed by The Delfonics. It was written by Thom Bell and William Hart and produced by Bell and Stan Watson.
"La-La" was a number four US Billboard pop, number two R&B in 1968 and number 19 UK pop single in 1971. The song is one of the Delfonics' most enduring recordings and perhaps their best loved, seeing a number of cover versions as well. The song was featured in Spike Lee's 1994 film, Crooklyn. In 2004, rapper Ghostface Killah also sampled "La-La" for his song "Holla" from his album The Pretty Toney Album. Nicolas Cage sang this song to Téa Leoni in the 2000 film, The Family Man.
Other notable recordings
- Booker T. & The M.G.s, on Soul Limbo (1968)
- Alton Ellis (1968)
- Jackson 5, on ABC (1970)
- Bill Frisell
- Todd Rundgren, on A Wizard, a True Star (1973). A live version appeared on Back to the Bars (1978).
- The Jets, on The Jets (1985)
- Grasshopper, on La La Means I Love You (1992)
- Swing Out Sister, on The Living Return (1994) (also included on the soundtrack to Four Weddings and a Funeral) (with the lyrics "LA is a Great Big Freeway" from Burt Bacharach's Do You Know The Way To San Jose? in the opening lyrics.)
- The Manhattan Transfer with Laura Nyro, on Tonin' (1995)
- Prince, retitled "La, La, La Means I Love U", on Emancipation (1996)
- Laura Nyro, on Angel in the Dark (released posthumously in 2001)
- Yanokami, on Yanokami (2007)
- Shaggy, Badman Nuh Cry (2009)
- Sitti, Contagious (2009)