Love Is (Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight song)

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"Love Is"
Single by Vanessa Williams & Brian McKnight
from the album Beverly Hills 90210 (soundtrack)
Released March 16, 1993
Recorded 1992
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 4:45 (Album Version)
4:01 (Radio Edit)
Label Giant Records
Writer(s) Tonio K, Michael Caruso, John Keller
Producer(s) Gerry Brown
Vanessa L. Williams singles chronology
"Work to Do"
"Love Is"
"The Sweetest Days"
Brian McKnight singles chronology
"After the Love"
"Love Is"
"Crazy Love"

"Love Is" is the title of a 1993 duet written by Tonio K, Michael Caruso (musician) and John Keller, and originally recorded and released by Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight. The single originally appeared on the soundtrack to the television drama series Beverly Hills, 90210. The song not only was featured in two episodes of 90210 but was also used in the spin-off series Melrose Place. After this exposure, the song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming McKnight's breakthrough hit and another hit for Williams. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, where it spent three weeks at the summit.

There were two different versions released to radio: the more common mix includes energetic electric guitar performing the solo in the bridge; an alternate, lesser-known mix presents melodic solo piano at the bridge. The edit version was that of the guitar mix, which presented a fade out during the second of the two ending chorus refrains. This mix appears on Brian McKnight's greatest hits album From There to Here: 1989-2002 without the fade, although the piano solo ending is slightly trimmed.


End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 21

Cover versions[edit]

In 1994, jazz fusion saxophonist Nelson Rangell covered the song for his album Yes, Then Yes.[2]


  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996

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Preceded by
"Simple Life" by Elton John
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
April 10–24, 1993
Succeeded by
"I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston