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"

"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 went on to become a very successful follow-up[2] to their iconic "Le Freak".

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.[3] AllMusic's Jason Birchmeier called the song a "timeless floor-filler" and a "dancefloor anthem."[4] 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.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "I Want Your Love" peaked at #7 (#5 soul) on the Billboard pop chart in May 1979. The song remained on the charts for 19 weeks. In United Kingdom the song reached #4 (the highest position of any Chic singles) and spent 11 weeks on the charts.

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.
  • The Chic original is heavily sampled by remixer Albert Cabrera in his "Rascal" remixes for Brandy's song "Full Moon" (2002).
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Singer/musician Jody Watley recorded "I Want Your Love" as part of her 2006 album, The Makeover.[6] Watley's version was released as a single in 2007 [7] 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".
  • 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 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][9]

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


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 81
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 21
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 10
Canada Top Disco Singles (RPM) 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 27
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[18] 9
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[19] 5
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[20] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 1,000,000^

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

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. ^ "Chic: C'est Chic: Music Review". Rolling Stone. 2003. Archived from the original on March 16, 2008. 
  4. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "I Want Your Love: Music Review". All Music. 
  5. ^ Hanson, Amy. "I Want Your Love: Music Review". All Music. 
  6. ^ "Jody Watley - The Makeover (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Jody Watley - I Want Your Love (The Remixes) (CD)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  8. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2 October 2015). "Watch Lady Gaga, Nile Rodgers Update Chic's 'I Want Your Love'". Rolling Stone. 
  9. ^ Mettler, Mike (2016-01-01). "Interview: Riot City on Recutting Lady Gaga for Tom Ford". Digital Trends. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chic – I Want Your Love" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Chic – I Want Your Love". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – I Want Your Love". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Chic search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Chic – I Want Your Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Chic – I Want Your Love". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  16. ^ "Chic: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  17. ^ "Chic – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Chic. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  18. ^ "Chic – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Chic. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  19. ^ "Chic – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Chic. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  20. ^ "Chic – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Chic. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  21. ^ "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

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