I'm in the Mood for Love

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""I'm in the Mood for Love""
Language English
Released 1935 by Frances Langford in the movie Every Night at Eight
Recorded 1935
Songwriter(s) Dorothy Fields
Composer(s) Jimmy McHugh
It has been recorded by various artists at least 50 different times.

"I'm in the Mood for Love" is a popular song. The music was written by Jimmy McHugh, the lyrics by Dorothy Fields. The song was published in 1935. It was introduced by Frances Langford in the movie Every Night at Eight released that year.


In 1935 Louis Armstrong had it as a Top Ten hit.[1] The song was perhaps best remembered in the 1936 Our Gang (Little Rascals) short, The Pinch Singer, when it was performed by Darla Hood and Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer (on separate occasions). Switzer also performed the song in the 1936 film Palm Springs. It is often known to be Switzer's signature song.[citation needed]

Other history and notable references[edit]

James Moody's saxophone solo on a 1952 recording of this song inspired the song "Moody's Mood for Love".

Classic Hip hop artist Slick Rick sang a modified version of the first stanza in the song "Indian Girl (An Adult Story)" from his debut album "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" (1988).

Hip hop artist Prince Paul sampled the song as the basis for the track "Mood for Love" on his album A Prince Among Thieves (1999), with Don Newkirk singing its original lyrics.[2]

The song's title inspired the English title of Wong Kar Wai's movie In the Mood for Love.[3]

In the Michael J. Fox film, The Secret of My Success (1987 film), character Vera Pemrose sings the first lines of the song to her nephew Brantley Foster as he enters his office where she waits for him.

In a 1980 episode of General Hospital, Luke and Laura dance to an instrumental version of the song while hiding out overnight in a department store.

The song can also be heard in the 1997 remake of Lolita.

Recorded versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Louis Armstrong - Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  2. ^ Smith, Dinitia (April 12, 1999). Guiding Hip-Hop Toward Operatic Leaps; Prince Paul Imagines a Movie as He Makes Rap Relevant for the Suburbs. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-08-25.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-15. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "ChartArchive - Lord Tanamo - I'm In The Mood For Love (Link redirected to OCC website)". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-09-26.