I Can't Stop Loving You

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"I Can't Stop Loving You"
Single by Ray Charles
from the album Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music
B-side "Born to Lose"
Released 1962
Format Vinyl, 7"
Recorded February 15, 1962
United Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre R&B, country soul, traditional pop
Length 2:37 (single version)
4:12 (album version)
Label ABC-Paramount
Writer(s) Don Gibson[1]
Producer(s) Sid Feller[1]
Certification Gold
Ray Charles singles chronology
"Hit the Road Jack"
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
"Born to Lose"
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"I Can't Stop Loving You"
Single by Van Morrison
from the album Hymns to the Silence
A-side "I Can't Stop Loving You"
B-side "All Saints Day"
Released 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Celtic, folk rock
Length 3:54
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Don Gibson
Producer(s) Van Morrison
Van Morrison singles chronology
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
"Why Must I Always Explain?"
Hymns to the Silence track listing
"So Complicated"
"I Can't Stop Loving You"
"Why Must I Always Explain?"

"I Can't Stop Loving You" is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musician Don Gibson, who first recorded it on December 30, 1957, for RCA Victor Records. It was released in 1958 as the B-side of "Oh, Lonesome Me", becoming a double-sided country hit single.

The song was covered by Ray Charles in 1962, featured on Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and released as a single. Charles' version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, for five weeks. This version went to number one on the U.S. R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.[2][3] Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1962.[4] Charles reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1962, staying for two weeks.[5]

The Ray Charles version is noted for his saying the words before the last five lines of the song on the final chorus: "Sing the Song, Children". It was ranked No. 164 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #49 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

Chart performance[edit]

Don Gibson version[edit]

Chart (1958) Peak
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 81

Kitty Wells version[edit]

Chart (1958) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3

Ray Charles version[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
UK Singles Chart[1] 1
Australian Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 4

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Tom Jones recorded this song for the Tom Jones on Stage EP, released in August 1965. Another version was recorded for the 1967 album Live at the Talk of the Town. A different song with very similar title "Can't Stop Loving You", written by Tony Waddington and Wayne Bickerton, was released 1970 single-only, US AC #3 and CAN AC #5
  • Ella Fitzgerald recorded this song; her rendition can be found on some of her old recordings, and can be downloaded.

Los Panchos - No puedo vivir sin ti (I can't stop loving you)

  • Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a blues version of the song in 1969. However, when he returned to it in 1979, it took the form of country balladry, a la Gibson's original.
  • In addition to the covers by Lewis and McBride, many other country singers either covered or have had success with the song. The two most successful covers were by Kitty Wells (No. 3 in 1958 on the Billboard magazine country chart and Conway Twitty (who reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart in September 1972).
  • Connie Francis recorded the song on her MGM album Country Music Connie Style in 1962.
  • Count Basie's 1963 instrumental version hit the Billboard Top 100.
  • The Ray Charles version appeared on the soundtrack of the 2001 Japanese anime movie Metropolis where it was used instead of sound effects in the film's final scene.
  • Jim Reeves performed the song for his 1965 album The Jim Reeves Way.
  • In 1972, Conway Twitty released his version and it was his eighth number one country hit, as a solo artist.[6]
  • Chucho Avellanet performed a Spanish version of the song under the title "Jamas Te Olvidare".
  • Solomon Burke covered this song during a live concert made into an album, 'The Last Great Concert'.
  • Cajun accordionist Belton Richard covered this song in Louisiana French and English on his 2003 album The Older the Wine, the Finer the Taste!


  1. ^ a b c Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 66. ISBN 0-85112-250-7. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 113. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 52. 
  4. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1962
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 139. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 361. 

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Preceded by
"Stranger on the Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
number one single (Ray Charles)

June 2-June 30, 1962
Succeeded by
"The Stripper" by David Rose
Preceded by
"Mashed Potato Time" by Dee Dee Sharp
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single (Ray Charles)
May 26, 1962 – July 28, 1962
Succeeded by
"You'll Lose a Good Thing" by Barbara Lynn
Preceded by
"Stranger on the Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk
"Billboard" Easy Listening number-one single
by Ray Charles

June 9, 1962
(five weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Stripper" by David Rose
Preceded by
"Come Outside"
by Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard
UK number one single (Ray Charles version)
July 12, 1962 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Remember You" by Frank Ifield
Preceded by
"When the Snow Is on the Roses"
by Sonny James
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Conway Twitty version)

September 23, 1972
Succeeded by
"I Ain't Never"
by Mel Tillis
Preceded by
"Woman (Sensuous Woman)"
by Don Gibson
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Conway Twitty version)

September 16-September 23, 1972
Succeeded by
"When the Snow Is on the Roses"
by Sonny James