Give Me the Reason (song)

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"Give Me the Reason"
Single Cover
Single by Luther Vandross
from the album Give Me the Reason &
Ruthless People Soundtrack
Released 1986
Format Cassette single
7" single
12" single
CD single
Recorded 1986
Genre R&B, quiet storm
Length 4:39
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Luther Vandross, Nat Adderley, Jr.
Producer(s) Marcus Miller
Luther Vandross singles chronology
"If Only for One Night"
"Give Me the Reason"
"Stop to Love"
"If Only for One Night"
"Give Me the Reason"
"Stop to Love"

"Give Me the Reason" is a song by American recording artist Luther Vandross, issued as the first single from the album of the same name. The single was a top five hit on Billboards Hot Black Singles chart.

Music video[edit]

The single's music video was directed by Andy Morahan.[1] It features Vandross behind a greenscreen, putting himself in certain scenes of the movie Ruthless People whilst juggling fruit.[2]


Chart (1986) Peak
UK Singles Chart 26
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 57
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 3


  1. ^ "Luther Vandross - "Give me the reason"". (video). ASG. 1998–2017. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rhapsody listing.". Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  3. ^ Luther Vandross - Singles Chart
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 597. 
  5. ^ Vandross - UK Singles Chart history. Chart Archive