All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You

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"All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You"
Single by Heart
from the album Brigade
B-side "Call of the Wild"
"Cruel Tears" (non-LP) (12" and CD only)
Released March 14, 1990[1]
Format 7", 12" (UK only), CD single
Recorded January 1, 1990
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:29 (7" edit)
5:10 (album version)
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Producer(s) Richie Zito
Heart singles chronology
"I Want You So Bad"
"All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You"
"I Didn't Want to Need You"

"All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" is a song by the rock band Heart. It was composed by veteran songwriter and producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange and released as the first single from the band's tenth studio album, Brigade, as well as their first hit single of the 1990s. The song was first recorded as "All I Want to Do Is Make Love to You" by Dobie Gray in 1979, though with different lyrics.[2]

"All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" was a success, spending two weeks at number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (kept from the top spot by Madonna's "Vogue"[3]), peaking at number eight in the UK Singles Chart, and reaching #1 in Canada and Australia. It reached #1 in Sweden in May 12, 1990. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Group Pop Vocal Performance, and is the only one of Heart's singles to have been certified Gold by the RIAA. On the Adult Contemporary chart, the song climbed to number six, becoming the third of Heart's four top-ten AC hits (after "These Dreams" and "Alone").

The single is Heart's last pop chart top ten hit in the U.S. to date. The band had one more top ten Adult Contemporary chart hit with the follow-up, "Stranded"; "Stranded" and two singles from 1994's Desire Walks On ("Black on Black II" and "Will You Be There (In The Morning)") were also top 10 Album Rock chart hits.


In the liner notes of Heart's album The Road Home, Ann Wilson commented on the band's dislike for the song, stating, "Actually we had sworn off it because it kind of stood for everything we wanted to get away from. It was a song by "Mutt" Lange, who we liked, and it was originally written for Don Henley, but there was a lot of pressure on us to do the song at the time."[4] Ann Wilson has made a number of comments on her dislike for the song, calling the song's message "hideous" in an interview with Dan Rather.[5] In that same interview, Ann mentions that she's surprised at how many of their fans, especially in Australia and New Zealand, want to hear the song to this day when Heart plays live (Heart does not perform it live anymore despite the requests).


The original song as recorded by Dobie Gray was a love song without a storyline, unlike the later version by Heart.

In the Heart version of the song, singer Ann Wilson sings of a one-night stand with a young male hitchhiker. After an implicit agreement to remain anonymous, they make their way to a hotel room in which to have sexual intercourse. The lyrics make the suggestion that this may not be the first time the female protagonist has engaged in such behaviors, noting her familiarity with this particular hotel. The song explicitly highlights the sexual prowess of the young man, and his ability to easily and repeatedly bring the female protagonist to orgasm. She leaves a note with instructions for the man to make no attempt to contact her or track her down. It is subsequently revealed that her intent all along was to use the encounter as a way to become pregnant. The lyrics explain later, when she accidentally crosses paths with the one-time lover, that her baby is the result of their tryst and she did it only because the man she is in love with is not able to father children.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 30
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 4
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[9] 12
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[10] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 23
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 12
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[18] 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[19] 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks[20] 6
U.S. Billboard Maintstream Rock Tracks[21] 2

Versions and formats[edit]

The 7" single release features an edited 4:29 version of the album track (5:10). The 12" and CD single versions featured the non-LP track "Cruel Tears", whilst exclusively in the UK a very limited 'tour edition' 12" single was released, in clear vinyl format.

Halestorm has covered this song multiple times live and was released on their EP ReAnimate. Their version also has a dubstep remix by Six5.


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  21. ^ Jason Ankeny. "Heart | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 24, 2014. 
Preceded by
"Vogue" / "Keep It Together" by Madonna
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
June 9, 1990 – July 7, 1990
Succeeded by
"It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette