Love Hangover

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"Love Hangover"
Single by Diana Ross
from the album Diana Ross
B-side"Kiss Me Now"
ReleasedMarch 16, 1976
Format7", 12"
3:46 (single edit)
M 1392
Songwriter(s)Marilyn McLeod, Pam Sawyer
Producer(s)Hal Davis
Diana Ross singles chronology
"I Thought It Took a Little Time (But Today I Fell in Love)"
"Love Hangover"
"One Love in My Lifetime"

"Love Hangover" was the fourth number one single for Motown singer Diana Ross. Ross recorded "Love Hangover" in 1975. It was released in March 1976, and rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot Soul Singles and Hot Dance Club Play charts simultaneously.

The song was written by Pamela Sawyer and Marilyn McLeod as a disco number. Producer Hal Davis recorded the instrumental track in 1975 thinking it ideal for Marvin Gaye or Diana Ross, who were his two favorite vocalists to work with. He thought Diana would be sexier on it, so he recorded the song with her. Studio musicians included James Gadson on drums, Henry E. Davis (of the band L.T.D.) on bass, and Joe Sample on keyboards.

Hal Davis instructed the song's engineer Russ Terrana to install a strobe light so that Ross could be in the "disco" mindset.[1] As the song changed from ballad to uptempo, Ross became more comfortable with the material; she hummed, sang bit parts, laughed, danced around and even imitated Billie Holiday.[2] The carefree and sensual nature of Ross' vocals and the music's direction helped to sell the song, in addition to the background vocals relying heavily on Donna Summer's 1975 hit "Love to Love You Baby".

The song was released on the Diana Ross LP in February, 1976. The lead single from the album was "I Thought It Took A Little Time". Singing group the 5th Dimension also released "Love Hangover" as a single. Motown then issued Ross' version on 45. Both versions entered the chart the same day. By the time Ross' version of "Love Hangover" went to number one, Ross had reinvented herself as a disco diva and the 5th Dimension's version had peaked at number 80. It won Ross a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance.

"Love Hangover" reached number one on May 29, 1976. That week, Casey Kasem reported on American Top 40 that with that song Diana had broken the record for the most number-one hits by a female vocalist. With her fourth number-one, she surpassed Connie Francis, Helen Reddy, Roberta Flack, and Cher, all of whom were tied with three each. During the 1980s, Ross went on to score two more number-one hits, making six, establishing her record for 12 years. Whitney Houston would break it in 1988 and Madonna in 1990. But counting 12 number-one hits as lead singer of The Supremes, Ross's grand total is 18, a feat equalled only by Mariah Carey as of 2019.

Chart performance[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was featured in the 1977 Diane Keaton film Looking for Mr. Goodbar during a bar scene.
  • Diana Ross sang the song on the episode of The Muppet Show in which she appeared as the guest star.
  • The song was featured in BBC2's 1995 punk documentary Arena: Punk and the Pistols. Back in 1976, the song had been a favourite of early UK punks such as the Bromley Contingent and Jordan who would dance to the song at Soho-based lesbian nightclub Louise's, where it was the house anthem.[11]
  • The song was featured in CBC's annual year-end playoff montage on Hockey Night in Canada in 2008.
  • The song is featured in promos for the final 2014-2015 season of Mad Men.


Motown released versions of Ross's version in 1988 (remixed by the British team PWL) and 1993 (remixed by Frankie Knuckles for the album Diana Extended: The Remixes and by Joey Negro for a single).

Almighty Records released a remixed version in 2007 (remixed by the UK team Almighty).

Track listing[edit]

1993 UK 12" Promo

Side A

  1. "Love Hangover" (Tribal Hangover) – 9:26
  2. "Love Hangover" (Classic Club - EP version) – 8:20
  3. "Love Hangover" (Tribal Reprise) – 5:25
  4. "Your Love" – 3:58

Side B

  1. "Upside Down" ('93 Remix - EP version) – 8:00
  2. "Upside Down" (Dub 2 - Morales) – 7:37
  3. "Someday We'll Be Together" ('93 Remix - EP version) – 8:40
  4. "Someday We'll Be Together" (Final Sound Factory) – 6:54

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1982 The Associates released a double side 45 single "18 Carrot Love Affair" / "Love Hangover".[13]
  • Background vocals from the original alternate take were sampled by Hardrive in the 1993 House song "No Cure".
  • British soul singer Pauline Henry (former lead vocalist of the Chimes) recorded a contemporary version of the track in 1995 (released as a single).
  • The composition of "Love Hangover" is a two-part medley, with the first section a slow, sultry ballad, then the second section an uptempo disco/rhythm & blues style. The lyrics of the entire song revolve around the theme of "sweet, sweet love".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ed Hogan. "Love Hangover - Diana Ross | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  2. ^ Fred Bronson, "Love Hangover" in Billboard Book of Number One Hits, 1988
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4701a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love Hangover". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Tubes de chaque Artiste commençant par R". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  8. ^ "Top 100 1976". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Retrieved 2016-10-11.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2016-06-05. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ England's Dreaming, Jon Savage Faber & Faber 1991, pp 93, 95, 185-186
  12. ^ Erlewine, Michael. The Man with the Sad Face – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  13. ^ The Associates - "18 Carrot Love Affair" / "Love Hangover" (1982) single at Discogs

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