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 Soft rock[1]
Length 4:04
Label Big Tree Records
Writer(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"

"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 song also spent one week at number one on the Billboard easy listening chart, LaVoie's second of four songs to achieve this feat.[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 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]

  • Dennis Jones, Dutch cover with Dutch lyrics of Jones entitled "De Zon Die Zal Schijnen", 5 weeks on Dutch Single Top 100 (48) in 2008. 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.
  • Marcel Romanoff cover this in 1997
  • Croatian band ITD Band recorded their song "Sonja" in 1986 using the vocal melody of "I'd Love You To Want Me".
  • Swedish pop group Friends covered the song for their 2001 album Listen To Your Heartbeat.

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. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
  8. ^ "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 
  9. ^ "Top 100 1974 - UK Music Charts". Uk-charts.top-source.info. Retrieved 2016-10-07. 

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