Break Up to Make Up

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"Break Up to Make Up"
Break Up to Make Up - Stylistics.jpg
Single by The Stylistics
from the album Round 2
B-side"You and Me"
ReleasedFebruary 1973
Format7" single
GenreSoul, Philly soul
Songwriter(s)Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Kenneth Gamble
Producer(s)Thom Bell
The Stylistics singles chronology
"I'm Stone in Love with You"
"Break Up to Make Up"
"You'll Never Get to Heaven (If You Break My Heart)"

"Break Up to Make Up" was a 1973 hit by the Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics. The song was written by Thom Bell, Linda Creed, and Kenneth Gamble.[1]

An R&B ballad, it was the seventh track from their 1972 album Round 2[2] and was released as a single and reached number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1][3] It also climbed to number 5 in the Billboard R&B chart[3] and reached number 34 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1973.[4] The Stylistics' recording sold over one million copies in the US, earning the band a gold disc[1] The award was presented by the RIAA on April 6, 1973.[1] It was the band's fourth gold disc.[1]

Other versions[edit]

"Break Up to Make Up" has been covered many times, including:

  • In 1973 by Johnny Mathis.
  • A semi-instrumental version by The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds included in the album Music For Soulful Lovers (1973).
  • Jean Carne covered the song in 1986.
  • Freestyle singer Cynthia covered the song in 1991.
  • R&B singer Will Downing covered the song on his 1993 album, Love's the Place to Be.
  • The Trammps also covered the song in 1993.
  • Jamaican-Canadian reggae singer Leroy Sibbles also covered the song in 1995.
  • Joan Osborne covered the song in 2007 for her album, Breakfast in Bed.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles 37
UK 34
US Billboard Hot 100 (Billboard)[5] 5
US R&B (Billboard) 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 20


  1. ^ a b c d e Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 351. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^ Lytle, Craig. "Round 2". AllMusic. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Allmusic - Charts & Awards
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 537. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Hot The Stylistics - Chart history: The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "The Stylistics - Chart history: Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Retrieved January 20, 2017.

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