I'd Love You to Want Me

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"I'd Love You to Want Me"
I'd Love You to Want Me - Lobo.jpg
Single by Lobo
from the album Of a Simple Man
B-side "Am I True to Myself"
Released September 1972
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Genre Folk rock,[1]
Length 4:04
Label Big Tree Records
Songwriter(s) Roland Kent LaVoie (Lobo)
Producer(s) Phil Gernhard
Lobo singles chronology
"A Simple Man"
"I'd Love You to Want Me"
"Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend"

"A Simple Man"
"I'd Love You to Want Me"
"Don't Expect Me to Be Your Friend"

"I'd Love You to Want Me" is the title of a popular song from 1972 by Lobo (the stage name of Roland Kent LaVoie). He wrote the song, which appears on his album Of a Simple Man.

Released as a single in the fall of 1972, "I'd Love You to Want Me" was the singer's highest charting hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, where it spent two weeks at number two in November of that year.[2] It was kept from the top spot by Johnny Nash's hit song, "I Can See Clearly Now".[3] The single was the second of four of his songs to hit #1 on the Easy Listening chart, where it had a one-week stay at that top spot in December 1972.[4] It became a gold record.

When originally released in the United Kingdom in 1972, the song failed to reach the UK Singles Chart; however, a re-release of the single in 1974, on the UK label, peaked at #5.[5]

The song also topped the music charts in Australia (Kent Music Report, two weeks), Canada (RPM Magazine, one week), and Germany (Media Control Charts, 13 weeks in 1973-1974).

The song was originally in B-flat major, a capo is used on the 3rd fret on the guitar.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Liza Minnelli covered this song for her 1973 album The Singer
  • Jamaican reggae artist Horace Andy released a cover version of the song as a single in 1973[6].
  • Croatian band ITD Band recorded their song "Sonja" in 1986 using the vocal melody of "I'd Love You To Want Me".
  • German metal band Bonfire covered the song for their 1996 album Feels Like Comin' Home.
  • Marcel Romanoff covered this song in 1997.
  • Swedish pop group Friends covered the song for their 2001 album Listen To Your Heartbeat.
  • Dennis Jones, covered it with Dutch lyrics entitled "De Zon Die Zal Schijnen"; it stayed 5 weeks on Dutch Single Top 100 (48) in 2008. The single also included a German version, "Du Bist Nicht Alleine", and the English version "I'd Love You To Want Me" with original lyrics as well.
  • Brazilian trio KLB covered it with Portuguese lyrics entitled "Ela Não Está Aqui" for it 2000 self-titled debut album; it topped on Brasil Hot 100 in 2000.

Chart performance[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Artist Biography by Jason Ankeny (1943-07-31). "Lobo | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of #1 Hits, 5th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 326. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Horace-Andy-Love-You-To-Want-Me/release/9219099
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Lobo – I'd Love You to Want Me" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  8. ^ http://danskehitlister.dk/?song_id=2535
  9. ^ "Musicline.de – Lobo Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I'd Love You to Want Me". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
  11. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  12. ^ "SA Top 20 Charts - Tag Archives: I'd Love You To Want Me". Retrieved 2017-04-28. 
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Lobo – I'd Love You to Want Me". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Lobo: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Lobo Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "Lobo Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
  18. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  19. ^ Swiss Year-End Charts, 1974

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