I Want Your Love (Chic song)

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"I Want Your Love"
Single by Chic
from the album C'est Chic
B-side "(Funny) Bone"
Released February 1979
Recorded 1978
Genre Disco
Length 6:55
Label Atlantic
  • Bernard Edwards
  • Nile Rodgers
Certification Gold
Chic singles chronology
"Le Freak"
"I Want Your Love"
"Good Times"

"I Want Your Love" is the second single from Chic's second album, 1978's C'est Chic. Featuring a solo lead vocal by Alfa Anderson, the song went on to become a very successful follow-up[1] to their iconic "Le Freak". The track was originally intended for Sister Sledge.

Critical reception[edit]

"[The song] swirls around a tricky horn-and-strings riff that builds and builds until the track practically levitates," Rolling Stones stated.[2] AllMusic's Jason Birchmeier called the song a "timeless floor-filler" and a "dancefloor anthem."[3] Amy Hanson from AllMusic:

Chic's smooth, up-tempo follow-up to their searing disco epic "Le Freak," "I Want Your Love" was a chart-topper in its own right in early 1979. And while it may not have been as commercially heart-stopping as the former, it was a stunning, and often better, example of just how easily Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers could magic a song together.

Simple, yet extraordinarily textured, this is Rodgers' autobiographical and bittersweet lament of an unrequited love. Dominant here is the song's four-note riff, which plays out across the intro on bells before being swept up in the lilting strings which ultimately drive the melody. Echoed by both horns and vocals, the slightly melancholy refrain "I want your love, I need your love" was the passionate repetition that made the song so endearing an unending circle -- a sonic masterpiece.[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

Chic's "I Want Your Love" peaked at #7 (#5 R&B) on the Billboard Top 40 chart in May 1979. The song remained on the charts for 19 weeks. In UK the song reached #4 (the highest position of any Chic singles) and spent 11 weeks on the UK's single chart.

Track listings[edit]

Atlantic promo 12" DSKO 146 and 12" DK 4712 (1979)
  • A. "I Want Your Love" - 6:53
  • B. "(Funny) Bone" - 3:41
Atlantic 7" 3557 (January 29, 1979)
  • A. "I Want Your Love" (7" Edit) - 3:28
  • B. "(Funny) Bone" - 3:41

Jody Watley cover[edit]

"I Want Your Love"
Single by Jody Watley
from the album The Makeover
Released May 4, 2007
Format Digital Download, CD Single, Vinyl
Recorded 2006
Genre Disco, house
Length 4:20
Label Avitone Records
Writer(s) Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Producer(s) DJ Spinna
Jody Watley singles chronology
"I Want Your Love"

Singer/musician Jody Watley recorded "I Want Your Love" as part of her 2006 album, The Makeover.[5] Watley's version was released as a single in 2007 [6] and reached #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for the week of June 16, 2007. The Watley cover was produced by DJ Spinna and featured Nile Rodgers on guitar. Chic co-founder (and co-writer of "I Want Your Love"), Bernard Edwards, had previously produced a massive hit for Watley in the form of her 1987 single, "Don't You Want Me".

Track listings[edit]

US Digital Download
  1. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Icon Mix)
  2. "I Want Your Love" (Masi and Mellow Late Night Vocal Mix)
  3. "I Want Your Love" (Morgan Page Sunset Strip Mix)
  4. "I Want Your Love" (Angel Manuel Dirty Vox Mix)
  5. "I Want Your Love" (Zoned Out Vintage Vox Mix)
  6. "I Want Your Love" (Shawn Q Soltribe Mix)
  7. "I Want Your Love" (Cristian Paduraru Vocal Mix)
  8. "I Want Your Love" (Danny Krivit Edit)
  9. "I Want Your Love" (Chin Digital House Party Mix)
  10. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Radio Edit)
US CD single
  1. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Icon Mix)
  2. "I Want Your Love" (Morgan Page Sunset Strip Mix)
  3. "I Want Your Love" (Masi + Mello Late Nite Vocal Mix)
  4. "I Want Your Love" (Danny Krivitz's Original Re-Edit)
  5. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Icon Radio Edit)
UK CD single[7]
  1. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast UK Radio Edit)
  2. "I Want Your Love" (Soulcast Icon Mix)
  3. "I Want Your Love" (Wideboy's Club Mix)
  4. "I Want Your Love" (Wideboy's Miami Mix)
  5. "I Want Your Love" (Thomas Gold Remix)

Additional covers, remixes and sampling[edit]

  • Former Today member Big Bub sampled the song "Need Your Love" featuring Queen Latifah and Heavy D from the 1997 album, Timeless.
  • The Chic original is heavily sampled by remixer Albert Cabrera in his "Rascal" remixes for Brandy's song "Full Moon" (2002).
  • In 1999 Navigators a late 1990s Swedish R&B hip hop duo released their third and most successful single "Superstar" which reached number 20 in Swedish Singles Chart and stayed there for 11 weeks. In the single "Superstar", Jassy and Avellán sampled bassline from Chic's classic I Want Your Love (song).
  • In 2015, Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers recorded a version of this song for Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2016 promotional video which directed by Nick Knight. Ford first asked Rodgers to update the song and then recruited Gaga to provide vocals on the track. The video was first released on Ford's official site.[8]


External links[edit]

Preceded by
"MacArthur Park" by Donna Summer
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (with "Le Freak" and "Chic Cheer")
November 25, 1978 - January 6, 1979
Succeeded by
"Contact" by Edwin Starr
Preceded by
"Change" by Kimberley Locke
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (Jody Watley version)
June 16, 2007 - June 22, 2007
Succeeded by
"Qué Hiciste" by Jennifer Lopez