"Sweet Love" is the title of a popular song from 1986 by R&B singer Anita Baker. It was the second single from her critically acclaimed second studio album, Rapture.
The song was Baker's first big hit single, peaking at #2 on the Billboard R&B chart, #3 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the fall of 1986. The song also reached #13 on the UK Singles Chart that same year.
Baker won two Grammy Awards at the 1987 ceremony: Best R&B Song, earning her (along with Gary Bias and Louis Johnson) a songwriting award. Also, the album containing this song, Rapture, won in the category Best Female R&B Vocal performance.
Performances and cover versions
- Baker performed "Sweet Love" on Saturday Night Live on April 11, 1987.
- In 1994, jungle artist M-Beat released a cover version with singer, Nazlyn, on vocals.
- American R&B group EOL (Elements Of Life) covered the song in 1998.
- British R&B female trio Fierce covered the song in 2000, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart on February 6 of that year. This version had the slightly altered title "Sweet Love 2K".
- Jazz musician Najee covered the song and turned it into an instrumental version for his debut album, Najee's Theme.
- Pinoy Dream Academy Season Two scholar Apple Abarquez performed this song as her piece for the show's ninth gala performance night.
- MF DOOM sampled "Sweet Love" for "Hoe Cakes" off his 2004 release MM..Food.
- Beyoncé Knowles covered "Sweet Love" during her medley of "Sweet Dreams" and "Dangerously in Love 2" for her I Am... Yours revue.
- Filipino R&B singer Jay R covered the song from his 2008 album, Soul In Love.
- American Idol season 9 contestant Tim Urban covered on 3/30/10.
- Rapper Drake sampled "Sweet Love" for his 2007 song "Think Good Thoughts".
- The song was also played in the episode of Moonlighting entitled "The Son Also Rises" on September 23, 1986.
- The daytime soap opera General Hospital used the song once.