Let Me Love You

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This article is about the song by Mario. For the song by Da Buzz, see Da Sound. For The Macedonian entry of the ESC 2008, see Vo Ime Na Ljubovta. For the song by Ne-Yo, see Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself).
"Let Me Love You"
Single by Mario
from the album Turning Point
Released November 16, 2004 (U.S.)
February 14, 2005 (UK)
Format CD, digital download, 12"
Recorded 2003
Genre R&B
Length 4:09
Label J, Epic
Writer(s) Shaffer Smith, Scott Storch
Producer(s) Scott Storch
Certification 2× Platinum (RIAA)[1]
Platinum (ARIA)[2]
Mario singles chronology
"Let Me Love You"
"How Could You"

"Let Me Love You" is an R&B song by American recording artist Mario, from his second studio album, Turning Point (2004). It was written by Ne-Yo, and produced by Scott Storch. The remix of the song, also produced by Storch, contains rapped verses from Jadakiss and T.I..

In 2008, it was ranked at #45 on Billboard's All-Time Top 100 Hot 100 singles during the first 50 years of the chart.[3] It was the eighth most successful single of the decade according to the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade chart released in December 2009.[4] In 2013, it was ranked at #53 on Billboard's All-Time Top 100 Hot 100 singles during the first 55 years of the chart.[5]

Music and structure[edit]

"Let Me Love You" is a moderate R&B ballad in the Dorian mode, centered around the progression c minor / g minor / F major. It is written in common time.[6] The song was written by Ne-Yo,[7] and features him singing backing vocals in two-part harmony and unison.

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2004, "Let Me Love You" was nominated for a Vibe Award for Best R&B Song and two Teen Choice Awards, Choice Love Song and Choice R&B/Rap Track, but it failed to receive any awards. In 2005, it received nominations for Billboard Music Awards, including "Hot 100 Single of the Year", "Hot 100 Airplay Single of the Year", "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year", "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Single of the Year, winning in both the R&B categories. It was also nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award for Best R&B Single, a Viewer's Choice award at the BET Awards, Best Single at the MOBO Awards, and Best R&B/Soul Song at the Soul Train Music Awards. In 2006, Mario was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance with "Let Me Love You". He also received an MTV Australia Awards nomination for Best R&B music video for "Let Me Love You".[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Parales from The New York Times commented that "Let Me Love You" "looks back to another 1980s blockbuster, lifting its keyboard sound from Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got to Do with It'."[16]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Little X.


Track listing[edit]

U.S. CD single
  1. "Let Me Love You" (album version)
  2. "Let Me Love You" (remix version)
  3. "Let Me Love You" (Mauve Remix Extended)
  4. "Let Me Love You" (video)
U.S. promo CD
  1. "Let Me Love You" (album version)
  2. "Let Me Love You" (Mauve Remix Edit)
Australian CD single
  1. "Let Me Love You" (album version)
  2. "Let Me Love You" (remix version)
  3. "Whiz"
  4. Multimedia track
12" maxi single
  1. "Let Me Love You"
  2. "Let Me Love You" (instrumental)
  3. "Call Out Hook"
  1. "Let Me Love You" (featuring Jadakiss and T.I.)

Chart performance[edit]

"Let Me Love You" held the number-one position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks from January to February 2005, and, As of 2011, is Mario's biggest single. It also reached number-one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Internationally, it reached the number-one position on the singles charts in Germany, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. In the United Kingdom, the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, his biggest hit to date in Britain. The single holds the honor of being one of the highest-selling ringtones with 1.6 million downloads.[17]


Chart (2004–05) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[18] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[19] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[20] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[21] 12
Denmark (Tracklisten)[22] 2
Europe (European Hot 100)[23] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 16
France (SNEP)[25] 7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[26] 1
Ireland (IRMA) 5
Italy (FIMI)[27] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[28] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[29] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[30] 5
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[31] 18
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 18
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 2
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 2
US Billboard Hot 100[34] 1
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[35] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[34] 1
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[34] 1

End-of-decade charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2009) Rank
US Billboard Hot 100[36] 8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - "Let Me Love You" by Mario. RIAA.com. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
  2. ^ "Mario - Platinum CD single". 
  3. ^ The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (50-41)
  4. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
  5. ^ The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (60-51)
  6. ^ Mario - Let Me Love You Sheet Music (Print Instantly)
  7. ^ Jasmine Dotiwala (2010-10-28). "Ne-Yo's one night stand". Voice Online. "Let Me Love You at the time that I wrote it I wasn’t trying to be an artist, I was completely content with just being a song writer but I think back on that song and I look back and think had I been trying to be an artist at the time that’s definitely one I would have held on to." 
  8. ^ "Mario 2005 BET Awards,Teen Choice Awards & Billboard Music Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Music Award Nominations 2005". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  10. ^ "Usher, 50 Cent Lead Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Winners". Retrieved 2009-01-31. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Mario grammy nominations". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  12. ^ "Mobo awards 2005: The winners". BBC. September 22, 2005. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  13. ^ "The Darkness And The Veronicas Set To Perform At The 2006 MTV Australia Video Music Awards". Retrieved 2009-01-18. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Usher gets five Soul Train nominations". USA Today. February 2, 2005. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  15. ^ "VIBE Announces 2005 VIBE Award Nominees". Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  16. ^ Pareles, Jon (December 20, 2004). "CRITIC'S CHOICE New CD's". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Mario - Top selling ringtones". 
  18. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Mario – Let Me Love You". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  19. ^ "Mario – Let Me Love You – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mario – Let Me Love You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Mario – Let Me Love You" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  22. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Mario – Let Me Love You". Tracklisten.
  23. ^ [1][dead link]
  24. ^ "Mario: Let Me Love You" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  25. ^ "Lescharts.com – Mario – Let Me Love You" (in French). Les classement single.
  26. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  27. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Mario – Let Me Love You". Top Digital Download.
  28. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Mario search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  29. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Mario – Let Me Love You". Top 40 Singles.
  30. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Mario – Let Me Love You". VG-lista.
  31. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Mario – Let Me Love You" Canciones Top 50.
  32. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mario – Let Me Love You". Singles Top 60.
  33. ^ "Mario – Let Me Love You – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  34. ^ a b c http://www.billboard.com/artist/309462/mario/chart
  35. ^ Mario > Awards at AllMusic. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  36. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks - Decade Year End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 

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