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"
Released 1976, 1986 (remix)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1975
Genre Disco, pop
Length 3:02
Label CBS
Writer(s) Jack Robinson, James Bolden
Producer(s) Biddu
Tina Charles singles chronology
"You Set My Heart on Fire"
"I Love to Love"
"Love Me Like a Lover"
Tina Charles 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).


Although Tina Charles was only twenty-two the year she recorded "I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)" she 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..." 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 #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: 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.

River, the British television series, 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]

In 1976, at age 11, Icelandic artist Björk appeared on Icelandic radio singing "I Love to Love (But My Baby Loves to Dance)" through the music school she attended, which led her to a record deal and the release of her debut album.[citation needed]

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

Charts and sales[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1976) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 20
Canadian Singles Chart[4] 14
West German Singles Chart[5] 6
Irish Singles Chart[6] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[7] 2
South African Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart[8] 2
UK Singles Chart[9] 1
U.S. Billboard Disco Singles[10] 2
Chart (1986) 1 Peak
UK Singles Chart[11] 67
Chart (1987) 1 Peak
French Singles Chart[12] 2
West German Singles Chart[5] 5
UK Singles Chart[13] 87

1 Remix

End-of-year charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Position
Dutch Top 40[14] 45


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[15] Silver 200,000
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Gold 50,000

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

In Popular Culture[edit]

  • The song appeared prominently in the 2015 BBC One police drama, River.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Explosiw" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas. 1976. Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Database and Marketplace for Music on Vinyl, CD, Cassette and More". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  3. ^ "I Love to Love", Austrian Singles Chart austriancharts.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  4. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Mississauga, Ontario: Music Data Canada, 2000. ISBN 1-896594-13-1
  5. ^ a b West German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  7. ^ "I Love to Love", Norwegian Singles Chart Norwegiancharts.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  8. ^ "I Love to Love", Swedish Singles Chart Swedishcharts.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  9. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  10. ^ Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  11. ^ UK Singles Chart (1986) Chartstats.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  12. ^ "I Love to Love", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  13. ^ UK Singles Chart (1987) Chartstats.com (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
  14. ^ "Single top 100 over 1987" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "Les certifications depuis 1973, database" (in French). Infodisc. Retrieved 21 September 2010. 
  16. ^ Canadian certifications cria.ca (Retrieved June 16, 2008)
Preceded by
"December '63" by The Four Seasons
UK Singles Chart number one single
6–27 March 1976
Succeeded by
"Save Your Kisses For Me" by Brotherhood Of Man