Love Hangover

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"Love Hangover"
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Single by Diana Ross
from the album Diana Ross
B-side"Kiss Me Now"
ReleasedMarch 16, 1976
Recorded1975
GenreDisco
Length7:49
3:46 (single edit)
LabelMotown
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)"
(1976)
"Love Hangover"
(1976)
"One Love in My Lifetime"
(1976)

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

Producer 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 first released on the album Diana Ross 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 as a single. Both versions entered the chart the same day. By the time Ross' version of the song reached 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 this record 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 surpassed only by Mariah Carey as of 2019.

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.
  • Octavia St. Laurent walked to this song during one of the runway scenes in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning and the song is featured on the film's soundtrack.
  • 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.[3]
  • 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.

Remixes[edit]

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).

New remixes were released in 2020 by Eric Kupper, peaking at number one on March 28 on the Billboard Dance Club chart.[4]

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 Carat Love Affair" / "Love Hangover".[6]


  • 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).


  • Italian dance act Black Box sampled the song on their 1996 disco-house single, "I Got The Vibration/Positive Vibration", which reached no. 21 in the UK and no. 18 in the Italian Charts.





  • Erykah Badu performed the song in 2007 as part of the BET Tribute To Diana Ross as she was awarded the BET Lifetime Achievement Award.






Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ed Hogan. "Love Hangover – Diana Ross | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  2. ^ Fred Bronson, "Love Hangover" in Billboard Book of Number One Hits, 1988
  3. ^ England's Dreaming, Jon Savage Faber & Faber 1991, pp 93, 95, 185–186
  4. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/dance-club-play-songs/2020-03-28
  5. ^ Erlewine, Michael. The Man with the Sad Face – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  6. ^ The Associates – "18 Carrot Love Affair" / "Love Hangover" (1982) single at Discogs
  7. ^ [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B_vOHelbT4 "Diana Ross – Love Hangover (Eric Kupper Remix / Lyric Video)"
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4701a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  10. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. July 3, 1976. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love Hangover". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
  13. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 206.
  14. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Tubes de chaque Artiste commençant par R". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  15. ^ "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on January 23, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  16. ^ "Top 100 1976". Top-source.info. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Year End Charts: 1976". Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved June 5, 2016.
  19. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2018.

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