Let Me Love You (Mario song)

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"Let Me Love You"
Mario-let me love you.jpg
Single by Mario
from the album Turning Point
B-side "Call Out Hook"
Released November 16, 2004
Format
Recorded 2004
Genre R&B
Length 4:09
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Scott Storch
Mario singles chronology
"C'mon"
(2003)
"Let Me Love You"
(2004)
"How Could You"
(2005)
Music video
"Let Me Love You" on YouTube

"Let Me Love You" is a song by American singer Mario. It was released on November 16, 2004 from his second studio album, Turning Point (2004). It was written by Ne-Yo, and produced by Scott Storch. The remix of the song, also produced by Storch, contains rapped verses from Jadakiss and T.I.. The song was an instant hit, garnering Mario a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2006.

In 2008, it was ranked at number 45 on Billboard's All-Time Top 100 Hot 100 singles during the first 50 years of the chart.[1] It was the eighth most successful single of the decade according to the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade chart released in December 2009.[2] In 2013, it was ranked at number 53 on Billboard's All-Time Top 100 Hot 100 singles during the first 55 years of the chart.[3]

Dutch producer Dastic sampled the song and released his own tropical house version featuring vocals from singer CADE. The version charted on the Belgian Dance and Ultratip Bubbling Under charts.[4]

Music and structure[edit]

"Let Me Love You" is a moderate R&B ballad in G minor, centered around the progression C minor / G minor / F major. It is written in common time.[5] The song was written by Ne-Yo,[6] and features him singing backing vocals in two-part harmony and unison.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Parales from The New York Times commented that "Let Me Love You" "looks back to another 1980s blockbuster, lifting its keyboard sound from Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got to Do with It'."[7]

Accolades and nominations[edit]

In 2004, "Let Me Love You" was nominated for a Vibe Award for Best R&B Song and two Teen Choice Awards, Choice Love Song and Choice R&B/Rap Track, but it failed to receive any awards. In 2005, it received nominations for Billboard Music Awards, including "Hot 100 Single of the Year", "Hot 100 Airplay Single of the Year", "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year", "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Single of the Year, winning in both the R&B categories. It was also nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award for Best R&B Single, a Viewer's Choice award at the BET Awards, Best Single at the MOBO Awards, and Best R&B/Soul Song at the Soul Train Music Awards. In 2006, Mario was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance with "Let Me Love You". He also received an MTV Australia Awards nomination for Best R&B music video for "Let Me Love You".[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Let Me Love You" held the number-one position on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine consecutive weeks from January to February 2005, and, as of 2018, is Mario's biggest single. It also reached number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Internationally, it reached the number-one position on the singles charts in Germany, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. In the United Kingdom, the song reached number two on the UK Singles Chart (held off the top spot by "(Is This the Way to) Amarillo"), making it Mario's biggest hit to date in the UK. The single also holds the honor of being one of the highest-selling ringtones with 1.6 million downloads.[16]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Little X.

Covers[edit]

Track listing[edit]

U.S. CD single
  1. "Let Me Love You" (album version)
  2. "Let Me Love You" (remix version)
  3. "Let Me Love You" (Mauve Remix Extended)
  4. "Let Me Love You" (video)
U.S. promo CD
  1. "Let Me Love You" (album version)
  2. "Let Me Love You" (Mauve Remix Edit)
Australian CD single
  1. "Let Me Love You" (album version)
  2. "Let Me Love You" (remix version)
  3. "Whiz"
  4. Multimedia track
12-inch maxi single
  1. "Let Me Love You"
  2. "Let Me Love You" (instrumental)
  3. "Call Out Hook"
Remix
  1. "Let Me Love You" (featuring Jadakiss and T.I.)

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Hot 100 55th Anniversary: The All-Time Top 100 Songs".
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  5. ^ "Download Sheet Music Software - Musicnotes.com".
  6. ^ Jasmine Dotiwala (2010-10-28). "Ne-Yo's one night stand". Voice Online. Archived from the original on 2010-11-30. Let Me Love You at the time that I wrote it I wasn’t trying to be an artist, I was completely content with just being a song writer but I think back on that song and I look back and think had I been trying to be an artist at the time that’s definitely one I would have held on to.
  7. ^ Pareles, Jon (December 20, 2004). "CRITIC'S CHOICE New CD's". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2010.
  8. ^ "Mario 2005 BET Awards,Teen Choice Awards & Billboard Music Awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
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  51. ^ "British single certifications – Mario – Let Me Love You". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Let Me Love You in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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