Lovin' You

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"Lovin' You"
Single by Minnie Riperton
from the album Perfect Angel
B-side "The Edge of a Dream"
Released January 13, 1975
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul
Length 3:21 (single version)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Minnie Riperton
Richard Rudolph
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder and Richard Rudolph (as Scorbu Productions)[1]
Minnie Riperton singles chronology
"Seeing You This Way"
"Lovin' You"
"Inside My Love"
Perfect Angel track listing
"Every Time He Comes Around"
"Lovin' You"
"Our Lives"
Music video
"Lovin' You" on YouTube

"Lovin' You" is a 1975 hit single by American artist Minnie Riperton. The song became a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 5, 1975. Additionally, it reached #2 in the UK, and #3 on the R&B chart in the U.S. Billboard ranked it as the No. 13 song for 1975.[2] It is especially noteworthy for the unusually high head voice pitches that Riperton reaches during the song. It is also noteworthy for the sound of the chirping songbirds that are heard throughout the song.


It was the fourth single from the album Perfect Angel (1974).

"Lovin' You" was among the first of several songs to top the U.S. pop chart without the help of a percussion instrument. Prior examples of percussion-less Number Ones were Jim Croce – "Time in a Bottle" (1973), The Beatles – "Yesterday" (1965), and on the UK Singles Chart, The Beatles – "Eleanor Rigby" (1966).

According to the liner notes from Riperton's compilation CD Petals, the melody for "Lovin' You" was created as a distraction for her daughter (Maya Rudolph) when she was a baby so that Minnie and her husband Richard could hang out. Maya was in the studio with her mother on the day the song was recorded and Riperton can be heard singing her daughter's name at the end of the song, but only in the unedited or album version of the song. The song fades out early in the single edit, because the disc jockeys felt that the repeated "Maya" was being overdone and too misunderstood, thinking that it was a Mayan chant.


The intro and first verse (couplet) from Lovin' You (1974) by Minnie Riperton.

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Chart (1975) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 7
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 11
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 2
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Soul Singles 3
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 4
Preceded by
"Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
April 5, 1975
Succeeded by
"Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John

Shanice version[edit]

"Lovin' You"
Single by Shanice
from the album Inner Child
Released August 11, 1992
Format CD single, Cassette single
Recorded 1991
Genre R&B, soul, quiet storm
Length 3:57
Label Motown
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden for Perfection Light Productions
Shanice singles chronology
"Silent Prayer"
"Lovin' You"
"Saving Forever for You"
Inner Child track listing
"Peace in the World"
"Lovin' You"
"You Ain't All That"
Ultimate Collection track listing
"The Way You Love Me"
"Lovin' You"
"I'm Cryin'"
Every Woman Dreams track listing
"Loving You"
"Forever Like a Rose"

Shanice's cover of the song was released in the summer of 1992 months after the success of her hit "I Love Your Smile". It only achieved minor success on the R&B chart peaking at #59; it also peaked at #54 on the UK chart. The music video for the song is set on a beach. In 2005, she re-recorded the song again for her 2006 album Every Woman Dreams.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Single Version
  2. I Love Your Smile (Driza Bone Single Remix)
  3. I Love Your Smile (Driza Bone Club Remix)
  4. Instrumental


Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 59
UK Singles Chart 54


  • Drums and programming by Narada Michael Walden
  • Keyboards and programming by Louis Biancaniello
  • Produced by Narada Michael Walden for Perfection Light Productions

Other cover versions[edit]


The song has also appeared in several TV shows, such as The Game, South Park, Will & Grace, Puberty Blues, The Simpsons, Everybody Loves Raymond, Generation Kill, KaBlam!, and American Idol. Singer Chante Moore performs the song during William's and Yvonne's ill-fated wedding on an episode of Girlfriends. In the Chris Morris comedy show Jam, the song is also used in a sketch featuring a man spanking a woman with a spacehopper. On an episode of The Steve Harvey Show, Romeo's father serenades his mother with his version of "Lovin' You" to woo her back (she had left him and moved in with Romeo and Steve).

This song was also sung by Jane Zhang during her participation in Super Girls. Ella Henderson performed the song during the second week of live shows in the 2012 series of The X Factor. Leah McFall performed the song during the knockout round in the second series of The Voice.


Disturbia, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), Monkeybone, The Nutty Professor (performed by Eddie Murphy while trying to show off to an offensive comic played by Dave Chappelle), Vegas Vacation (Wayne Newton covers the song during a Wayne Newton show at the MGM Grand), Megamind, and Seven Pounds.


It was used in a Burger King commercial promoting Cini-Minis and a commercial for Visa featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans where the song is supposed to be "Who Let the Dogs Out?" by the Baha Men.

Adaptation covers

The Orb's single "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld", also known as "Loving You", was based around a sample of the Riperton original. A fast eurodance remix, titled "Complete Loving", was recorded by the DJ group Sound Assassins for the 1999 Dancemania compilation Speed 2.



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