I Think I Love You

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"I Think I Love You"
The Partridge Family - I Think I Love You.jpg
Single by The Partridge Family
from the album The Partridge Family Album
  • "Somebody Wants to Love You"
  • "To Be Lovers" (Philippines)
ReleasedAugust 22, 1970
GenrePop, baroque pop
Songwriter(s)Tony Romeo
Producer(s)Wes Farrell
The Partridge Family singles chronology
"I Think I Love You"
"Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted"

"I Think I Love You" is a song by Tony Romeo, written as the debut single for fictional musical TV family The Partridge Family, released in August 1970, a month prior to the debut of the ABC-TV musical sitcom The Partridge Family starring Shirley Jones and featuring David Cassidy, both of whom appear on the record, with Cassidy as lead vocalist. The single topped Billboard's Hot 100 for three weeks in November and December 1970 and later was certified by NARM as the best-selling single of 1970.[1]

The single also reached number one in Canada on the RPM 100 national Top Singles chart in November 1970,[2] and in 1971 peaked at number one in Australia.

The Partridge Family version[edit]

Background and release[edit]

The single, which was produced by Wes Farrell and issued on Bell Records, featured twice on the TV show during the record's seven-week climb to number one on Billboard's Hot 100. Cassidy lip-synched his performance, as he did for all songs throughout the four-year series.[3] As with all of the Partridge Family's studio output, the single features musicians associated with iconic Los Angeles-based session players "the Wrecking Crew": Dennis Budimir, Louie Shelton, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Osborn, Max Bennett, Larry Knechtel, Mike Melvoin and Hal Blaine.[4][5] And members of overlapping studio groups the Ron Hicklin Singers and the Love Generation – brothers John and Tom Bahler (also spelled Bähler), Ron Hicklin and Jackie Ward – feature as backing vocalists, as they do on all successive Partridge Family recordings.

The Partridge Family version of the song features in the 2020 Dreamworks animated film The Croods: A New Age.

Chart performance[edit]

Perry Como version[edit]

On November 25, 1970, "I Think I Love You" was recorded by Perry Como, with Nick Perito's orchestra, at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The song was released by RCA Victor Records on an album, It's Impossible, in December 1970, and reissued in 1975. RCA also released the recording on an EP in Mexico in 1971.

Voice of the Beehive version[edit]

"I Think I Love You"
VotB I Think I Love You.jpg
Single by Voice of the Beehive
from the album Honey Lingers
Released23 September 1991
LabelLondon Records
Songwriter(s)Tony Romeo
Producer(s)Don Was
Voice of the Beehive singles chronology
"Monsters and Angels"
"I Think I Love You"
"Perfect Place"

In 1991, the alternative rock band Voice of the Beehive recorded "I Think I Love You" for the group's second studio album Honey Lingers. It was released as the second single from their album on London Records and was produced by Don Was. Their version of the song hit number 25 on the UK Singles Chart in October 1991.[19] The single also hit number 12 on the Australian singles chart in March 1992.[20]


  1. ^ C'mon, Get Happy...Fear and Loathing on the Partridge Family Bus, p. 92
  2. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB-NNVLYy5k
  4. ^ Liner notes from The Partridge Family Album, Razor and Tie Music Corporation, CD, 1993
  5. ^ Hartman, Kent (2012). The Wrecking Crew. St. Martin’s Griffin. pp. 261–263. ISBN 978-1-250-03046-7.
  6. ^ a b c "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1971-01-09. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
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  9. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  10. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006).British Hit Singles & Albums(19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 419. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  12. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  13. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 12/05/70". 24 June 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1972" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 17 July 2013.
  16. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  17. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1971" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  18. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  19. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 588. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  20. ^ Kent, David (1993).Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, NSW, Australia: Australian Chart Book. p.330. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.

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