I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)

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"I Love to Love"
I love to love (Tina Charles).jpg
Single by Tina Charles
from the album I Love to Love
B-side"Disco Fever"
Released1976, 1986 (remix)
Format7" single
GenreDisco, pop
Songwriter(s)Jack Robinson, James Bolden
Tina Charles singles chronology
"You Set My Heart on Fire"
"I Love to Love"
"Love Me Like a Lover"
Tina Charles singles chronology
""Boogie 'Round the Clock"" "I Love to Love"
"Dance Little Lady"

"I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)" was a popular single by Tina Charles, from her debut album, I Love to Love; the song was composed by Jack Robinson and James Bolden. The track was an international success both upon its original 1976 release and also when - remixed by The DMC (Disco Mix Club) - it was reissued ten years later (the DMC version features the instrumental "Sunburn" by the Biddu Orchestra as its B-side).


Charles had already been recording for seven years and had sung lead on the international hit "I'm on Fire" by 5000 Volts (1975), but her contribution was unacknowledged, with Luan Peters cited as vocalist in promotion for the group. It was through a mutual friend, singer Lee Vanderbilt, that Charles met record producer Biddu who encouraged her to record "I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)", utilizing Manchester musicians Richie Close (keyboard), Clive Allen (guitar), Des Browne (bass) and Tom Daley (percussion) to create a signature hit sound for Charles. Reaching number 1 on the UK Singles Chart in March 1976 and topping the chart for three weeks, "I Love to Love..." was followed by seven more chart records for Charles; only her Top Ten entries "Dance Little Lady Dance" and "Doctor Love" reached the Top 20.

"I Love to Love..." afforded Charles an international hit, reaching #1 in Ireland, #2 in France, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Sweden while in Austria, Germany and Spain the single peaked at respectively #20, #6 and #3. The track was also a hit in Australia (#6) and New Zealand (#7). In Canada "I Love to Love..." won the Juno for bestselling international single for the year 1976 having sold over 200,000 copies in the province of Quebec:[1] due to receiving virtually no radio airplay in the rest of Canada "I Love to Love" rose no higher than #17 on the national chart.

The track reached #2 on the U.S. Disco Singles Chart.

The British television series River used this song at the start of the first episode and at the end of the last episode.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "I Love to Love" — 3:02
  2. "Disco Fever" — 4:12

Other versions[edit]

International renderings of "I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)" include:

Charts and sales[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 6
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 20
Canadian Singles Chart[6] 14
West German Singles Chart[7] 6
Irish Singles Chart[8] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[9] 2
South African Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart[10] 2
UK Singles Chart[11] 1
U.S. Billboard Disco Singles[12] 2
Chart (1986) 1 Peak
UK Singles Chart[13] 67
Chart (1987) 1 Peak
French Singles Chart[14] 2
West German Singles Chart[7] 5
Italy Chart[15] 4
UK Singles Chart[16] 87

1 Remix

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Position
Dutch Top 40[17] 45


Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[18] Silver 200,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Quebec scene reflects reach diversity. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 2 October 1976. pp. 64–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ "Explosiw" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas. 1976. Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Database and Marketplace for Music on Vinyl, CD, Cassette and More". Discogs. Archived from the original on 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  4. ^ "I Love to Love", Australian Singles Chart top100singles.net (Retrieved May 31, 2019)
  5. ^ "I Love to Love", Austrian Singles Chart austriancharts.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  6. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Mississauga, Ontario: Music Data Canada, 2000. ISBN 1-896594-13-1
  7. ^ a b West German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  8. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  9. ^ "I Love to Love", Norwegian Singles Chart Norwegiancharts.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  10. ^ "I Love to Love", Swedish Singles Chart Swedishcharts.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart Official Charts Company (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  12. ^ Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  13. ^ UK Singles Chart (1986) Official Charts Company (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  14. ^ "I Love to Love", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  15. ^ Cite error: The named reference Italy was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  16. ^ UK Singles Chart (1987) Official Charts Company (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  17. ^ "Single top 100 over 1987" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  18. ^ "Les certifications depuis 1973, database" (in French). Infodisc. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Tina Charles – I Love to Love". British Phonographic Industry. December 1, 1995. Retrieved June 27, 2012. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type I Love to Love in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.