Best of My Love (The Emotions song)

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"Best of My Love"
Best of My Love - The Emotions.jpg
Single by The Emotions
from the album Rejoice
B-side "A Feeling Is"
Released June 9, 1977 (1977-06-09)
Format 7" single
Genre
Length 3:42
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
The Emotions singles chronology
"I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love"
(1976)
"Best of My Love"
(1977)
"Don't Ask My Neighbors"
(1977)

"I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love"
(1976)d
"Best of My Love"
(1977)
"Don't Ask My Neighbors"
(1977)

"Best of My Love" is a song by American band The Emotions from their fourth studio album Rejoice (1977). It was composed by Maurice White and Al McKay of Earth, Wind & Fire, and produced by White and Clarence McDonald. Released as the album's lead single on June 9, 1977, the song peaked at number one on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. "Best of My Love" won a Grammy at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards (1977) for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals; it also won an American Music Award for Favourite Soul/R&B Single.[1][2]

Overview[edit]

The song was ranked at number 87 on "The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs".[3] It was also the third biggest pop song of 1977 and the fifth biggest R&B song of 1977.[4][5] "Best of My Love" has been certified platinum in the US by the RIAA and silver in the UK by the BPI.[6]

Recent reviews have been largely positive, and the song continues to appear on "Best of the '70s" lists.[7][8] Billboard ranked the song at number one on their list of the Top 40 Biggest Girl Group Songs of All Time on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.[9] As well Billboard ranked the track at number 10 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[10]

Song description[edit]

The song has an upbeat vibe, with a prominent bass line and horns accenting the drums between the verses and chorus.

Commercial performance[edit]

The single achieved huge success, remaining on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for four consecutive weeks, and for 5 non-consecutive weeks.[11] On the disco chart, "Best of My Love" peaked at number 11.[12] Eventually, the single received a Platinum certification from (RIAA), becoming The Emotions' biggest hit to date and their only single to receive a certification.

Chart history[edit]

Covers[edit]

The song has been covered by numerous artists, including Christina Milian with Carol Duboc and Minae Noji (featured in the film Be Cool), Sakura, Dee Lewis (number 47 UK in 1988), UNCHAIN, and Lisa. Mary J. Blige also covered the song in 2004 for the GAP clothing store company. Pop diva Sheena Easton covered the song for her disco album "Fabulous" in 2001. Phoebe Snow does a version on her 1989 album Something Real with a horn section backing her up that includes Randy Brecker, Tom Scott and John Faddis. In 2002, En Vogue performed the song on their concert DVD, "Live in the USA".

There is also a Dutch version of the song, sung by former Dutch Idols-finalist Dewi Pechler. This version is called "Het Beste Van Mij" and is an exclusive airplay single for the Dutch radio station 100%NL.

In 1994, C.J. Lewis did a cover that reached number 13 in the UK.

In 2012, Nicci Gilbert and the R&B Divas sang it for AIX Records.

In September 2015, English recording artist Ella Eyre released her cover version of the song as a non-album single.

In February 2018 Australian singer Samantha Jade announced “Best of My Love” as the first single from her third album of the same name.

In reality competition TV shows[edit]

The song has also been used in reality shows, such as in Australian Idol 2006, in which it was sung by Lavina Williams, in the fourth season of American Idol, in which it was sung by Vonzell Solomon, in the second season of Pinoy Dream Academy, in which it was sung by Liezel Garcia, and in the sixth season of the American Dancing with the Stars (Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska danced the Cha-Cha-Cha to it in the sixth week of competition), in the fourteenth season of the American Dancing with the Stars (Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus danced the Cha-Cha-Cha to it in the first week of competition, in the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race (contestants Eureka and Kalorie Karbdashian Williams lip-synced to it on the second week of the competition).

Usage in film[edit]

The song has appeared in many films, including Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb (2014), Summer of Sam (1999), The Wendell Baker Story (2005), Mission Impossible III (2006), The Holiday (2006), and Boogie Nights (1997). The song was also used in various TV spots for the 2010 dramedy Why Did I Get Married Too?

The song was also covered by Christina Milian, Carol Duboc and Minae Noji featured in the film Be Cool (2005).

Derivatives[edit]

"Best of My Love" was allegedly sampled without permission in Mariah Carey's hit 1991 single, appropriately titled "Emotions," resulting in a lawsuit.[21]

The hip hop group 3rd Bass sampled the song in their song "Brooklyn-Queens."

R&B artist Tamia sampled "Best of My Love" for her track "Falling For You" from her self-titled album, Tamia (1998).

Italian Brazilian singer Maurício Manieri samples "Best of My Love" for his track "Minha Menina"(My Girl) from the 1998 album A Noite Inteira (All Night Long).

B-Rock and the Bizz sampled the bassline for their song "My Baby Daddy".

Rapper Positive K sampled the song's bassline and vocals for his 1993 remix of his single "Car Hoppers".

The lyrics of the chorus hook and a line from the fourth verse were quoted in the closing lines of The Mountain Goats' song "International Small Arms Traffic Blues" on their album Tallahassee (2002).

Gospel singer Anita Wilson samples "Best of my love" for her track "You Love Me (Best of My Love)" from her 2014 album Vintage Worship.

In the video game Sonic The Hedgehog, the theme song to the "Labyrinth Zone" stages has been repeatedly described as having distinct similarities to the song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals - The 20th Annual Grammy Awards (1977)". The Recording Academy. Archived from the original on February 6, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "American Music Award: Favourite Soul/R&B Single". Rock on the Net. Archived from the original on June 28, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
  3. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (90-81)". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved October 4, 2008.
  4. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 of 1977". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 20, 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
  5. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs of 1977". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 20, 2006. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
  6. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved March 8, 2009.
  7. ^ "Top 500 Songs of the 1970s". Bradboard. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Top 100 Seventies Singles". Super Seventies. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  9. ^ "Top 40 Biggest Girl Group Songs of All Time on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. March 2, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "Best of My Love - The Emotions". AllMusic. Retrieved April 13, 2008.
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 89. ISBN 978-0898201567.
  13. ^ "Best of My Love - The Emotions". AllMusic. Retrieved April 13, 2008.
  14. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart - Billboard", Billboard, retrieved January 6, 2018
  15. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 89. ISBN 978-0898201567.
  16. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, September 3, 1977
  17. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 14, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  18. ^ Hunter, Nigel; Scaping, Peter, eds. (1978). "Top 100 Singles in 1977". BPI Year Book 1978 (3rd ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 216–17. ISBN 0-906154-01-4.
  19. ^ "Billboard Year-End Hot 100 chart - 1977". Music Outfitters. 1977. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  20. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles". Cash Box. December 31, 1977. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  21. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (March 1, 2006). "Mariah Carey: Emotions". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved August 6, 2007.