I Love Your Smile

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"I Love Your Smile"
Single by Shanice
from the album Inner Child
Released October 22, 1991
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded 1991
Genre R&B, pop, new jack swing
Length 4:19 (album version)
3:56 (radio version)
3:50 (Driza Bone single remix)
Label Motown
Songwriter(s) Jarvis La Rue Baker, Sylvester Jackson, Narada Michael Walden, Shanice Wilson
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden for Perfection Light Productions
Shanice singles chronology
"This Time"
"I Love Your Smile"
"I'm Cryin'"
"This Time"
"I Love Your Smile"
"I'm Cryin'"
Inner Child track listing
"Keep Your Inner Child Alive" (Intro)
"I Love Your Smile"
"Forever In Your Love"
Ultimate Collection track listing
"Keep Your Inner Child Alive" (Intro)
"I Love Your Smile"
"(Baby Tell Me) Can You Dance"

"I Love Your Smile" is a hit single recorded by American singer Shanice and released in 1991 as the first single from her album Inner Child. The song features a saxophone solo by Branford Marsalis as well as laughter from Janet Jackson and René Elizondo, Jr. near the end of the song. The track was produced Louis Biancaniello, and the vocals were produced by Narada Michael Walden. The radio and video version of the song removes the rap bridge from the album version.

To date, "I Love Your Smile" is Shanice's best known and most successful hit[1]. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks for 4 weeks in December 1991 and January 1992. In the United Kingdom, "I Love Your Smile" peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as reaching the top of the Dutch Top 40 in the Netherlands. The single also peaked within the top ten on the charts in France, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Austria. In 1992, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Shanice performed this song as the first musical guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on May 25, 1992.[2]. A music video was made for the song, featuring Shanice in a studio having several pictures taken by a photographer.

Talib Kweli referenced the song in his song "Hot Thing", from his 2007 album Eardrum.

Cover versions[edit]

"I Love Your Smile" was covered by Dutch r'n'b group duo R'n'G in 1998 for a tribute album "Hands on Motown", by Tiffany Evans in 2004 for her self-titled first EP, by Kaori Kobayashi in 2005 for her debut album "Solar, Kaori's Collection", by Jakob Elvstrøm in 2009 for his album "SaxClub vol.1" and by Ukrainian singer Julia Voice in her 2010 song "Vse o lyubvi".[3]The song was also sampled by Zimbabwean Artist Rockford Josphat 'Roki' in his track "Zuva neZuva" which featured SK and Pauline.

Track listings[edit]

CD single 1
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (radio version) — 3:46
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (extended version) — 4:14
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (instrumental) — 4:14
CD single 2
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone single remix)
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone club mix)
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone dub mix)
  4. "I Love Your Smile" (original single version)
7" single
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (radio version) — 3:46
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (instrumental) — 4:14
7" single - Driza Bone remix
  1. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone single remix) — 3:50
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (original version) — 3:46


  • All vocals and rap by Shanice Wilson
  • keyboards, drum programming, programming and synthesized bass by Louis Biancaniello
  • drums and programming by Narada Michael Walden
  • saxophone solo by Branford Marsalis
  • background vocals by Alyssa Lala, Crystal Wilson, David A. Miguel, David Lee, Diamond D, Eric Daniels, Jarvis La Rue Baker, Kathy Horton, Label Atkinson, Lisa Walden, Mike Mani


See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ a b c d e f "I Love Your Smile", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 8, 2008)
  5. ^ Belgian Ultratop 50 Singles Chart. Radio2.be . Retrieved November 9, 2007
  6. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000).
  7. ^ Dutch Top 40
  8. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  9. ^ Irish Single Chart [4] (Retrieved October 28, 2010)
  10. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  12. ^ "Shanice: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  13. ^ Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  14. ^ "Shanice – Chart history" Billboard Radio Songs for Shanice. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  15. ^ "Shanice – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Shanice. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  16. ^ "Single top 100 over 1992" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  17. ^ 1992 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 2013-10-22 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

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