Never Knew Love Like This Before

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"Never Knew Love Like This Before"
Single by Stephanie Mills
from the album Sweet Sensation
A-side "Never Knew Love Like This Before"
B-side "Still Mine"
Released August 1980
Format Vinyl single
Recorded 1979
Genre R&B, disco
Length 3:28
Label 20th Century-Fox Records
Writer(s) James Mtume, Reggie Lucas
Producer(s) James Mtume, Reggie Lucas
Certification Gold (US)
Stephanie Mills singles chronology
"Sweet Sensation"
"Never Knew Love Like This Before"
"Two Hearts"

"Never Knew Love Like This Before" is a song written and produced by songwriters James Mtume and Reggie Lucas for American R&B recording artist Stephanie Mills' second studio album Sweet Sensation (1980). The song became Mills' biggest hit on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 6, outperforming her previously highest charting single, "Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'", which peaked at No. 22. The single was also successful on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts, peaking at No. 12 and No. 5, respectively. On the UK Singles Chart, the track climbed to No. 4. It won Mills her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Mtume and Lucas a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Cover versions[edit]

The late R&B singer Gwen Guthrie recorded a ballad version of the song for her 1990 album Hot Times.

In 1992, the song was covered by Sonia.[citation needed] In 1995, the song was covered by Thomas Anders (of Modern Talking fame) on his album Souled.

Natalia recorded the song for her 2004 album This Time.

Filipino singer Lani Misalucha covered the song for her 2008 album Reminisce and was the featured song in an episode of ABS-CBN's Your Song. South African Idol's Season 4 winner, Jodie Williams, recorded an uptempo remake of this song for her debut album, Just Gonna Be Me.

In 2013, Jessie Ware covered the song for the soundtrack to the movie I Give It a Year.


The song is in the major scale.[1]


  1. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.92. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.

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