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 January 29, 1979[1]
Recorded 1978
Genre Disco
Length 6:55 (LP version)
3:28 (7" edit)
Label Atlantic
  • Bernard Edwards
  • Nile Rodgers
Chic singles chronology
"Le Freak"
"I Want Your Love"
"Good Times"
"Le Freak"
"I Want Your Love"
"Good Times"

"I Want Your Love" is a song by American band Chic from their second album C'est Chic (1978). Featuring a solo lead vocal by Alfa Anderson, the song became a very successful follow-up[2] to their iconic "Le Freak".

In the United States, "I Want Your Love" reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, in November 1978[3] and #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in June 1979.[4] It peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1979, and remained on the chart for 19 weeks.[5] In the United Kingdom the song reached #4 (the highest position of any Chic singles) and spent 11 weeks on the charts.

Critical reception[edit]

"[The song] swirls around a tricky horn-and-strings riff that builds and builds until the track practically levitates," Rolling Stone stated.[6] AllMusic's Jason Birchmeier called the song a "timeless floor-filler" and a "dancefloor anthem."[7] 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."[8]

Track listing and formats[edit]

  • 7" vinyl single
  1. A. "I Want Your Love" – 3:28
  2. B. "(Funny) Bone" – 3:41
  • 12" vinyl single
  1. A. "I Want Your Love" – 6:53
  2. B. "(Funny) Bone" – 3:41

Chart history[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 1,000,000^

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

Jody Watley cover[edit]

"I Want Your Love"
Jody Watley I Want Your Love.jpg
The Remixes cover.
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
Songwriter(s) Bernard Edwards
Nile Rodgers
Producer(s) DJ Spinna
Jody Watley singles chronology
"I Want Your Love"
"I Want Your Love"

Singer/musician Jody Watley recorded "I Want Your Love" as part of her 2006 album, The Makeover.[24] Watley's version was released as a single in 2007 [25] 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. Bernard Edwards, Chic's co-founder (and co-writer of "I Want Your Love"), 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[26]
  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)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[27] 1

Covers, remixes and sampling[edit]

  • Paul Rutherford (formerly of Frankie Goes to Hollywood), covered "I Want Your Love" on his 1989 solo album, "Oh World".
  • Former Today member Big Bub sampled the song "Need Your Love" featuring Queen Latifah and Heavy D from the 1997 album, Timeless.
  • Electronica musician, Ali Love, covered the song as part of his 2007 Secret Sunday Lover EP.
  • R&B dance musician, Quentin Elias, also covered the song for his forthcoming untitled album in 2010.
  • Swedish R&B hip hop duo Navigators released their third and most successful single "Superstar", which sampled the bassline from "I Want Your Love". "Superstar" reached number 20 on the Swedish Singles chart, and remained there for 11 weeks.
  • Sampled in the 2010 song "Fashion Beats" by The Black Eyed Peas off their album The Beginning (album).
  • In 2015, Lady Gaga and Nile Rodgers recorded a version of this song for Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2016 promotional video, 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.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "45cat - Chic - I Want Your Love / (Funny) Bone - Atlantic - USA - 3557". 45cat. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  2. ^ "I Want Your Love". All Music. 
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/dance-club-play-songs/1978-11-25
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/r-b-hip-hop-songs/1979-04-07
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1979-05-05
  6. ^ "Chic: C'est Chic: Music Review". Rolling Stone. 2003. Archived from the original on March 16, 2008. 
  7. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "I Want Your Love: Music Review". All Music. 
  8. ^ Hanson, Amy. "I Want Your Love: Music Review". All Music. 
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chic – I Want Your Love" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Chic – I Want Your Love". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I Want Your Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Chic search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Chic – I Want Your Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Chic – I Want Your Love". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  15. ^ "Chic: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  16. ^ "Chic Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  17. ^ "Chic Chart History (Adult Contemporary)" Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  18. ^ "Chic Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  19. ^ "Chic Chart History (Dance Club Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Singles (1979)". RPM. Retrieved 2017-07-29. 
  21. ^ "Top Singles 1979". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 22 December 1979. p. 27. 
  22. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  23. ^ "American single certifications – Chic – I Want Your Love". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 6, 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  24. ^ Jody Watley - The Makeover
  25. ^ Jody Watley - I Want Your Love
  26. ^ Jody Watley - I Want Your Love
  27. ^ "Jody Watley Chart History (Dance Club Songs)" Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  28. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2 October 2015). "Watch Lady Gaga, Nile Rodgers Update Chic's 'I Want Your Love'". Rolling Stone. 

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