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
3:46 (single edit)
M 1392
Songwriter(s)Marilyn McLeod, Pamela 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"
Official audio
"Love Hangover" (album edit) on YouTube

"Love Hangover" is a song by the Motown singer Diana Ross, recorded in 1975 and released as a single on March 16, 1976. It rose to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot-Selling Soul Singles. It also hit number one on the Record World disco charts. * The original single peaked just 3 months before the first publication of Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, yet, in an ironic twist of fate, a remixed version by Eric Kupper, known as "Love Hangover 2020", was the last song to hit number one on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart in March 2020 before the chart was suspended.[3]

Producer Hal Davis instructed the song's engineer Russ Terrana to install a strobe light so that Ross could be in the "disco" mindset.[4] 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.[5] 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. Motown initially promoted the album by releasing the single "I Thought it Took a Little Time". Singing group the 5th Dimension released "Love Hangover" as a single. Motown then issued Ross' version as a 7" 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 Female R&B 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, Madonna in 1990, and Taylor Swift in 2018.

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.[6]
  • The song was featured in the "Was It Good for You" episode of the TV series Sex and the City season 2 in 1999.
  • 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.
  • The song was featured in the final episode of the first season of FX's drama series Pose in 2018, during the House vs House challenge between House of Evangelista and House of Ferocity.


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.[7]

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]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pitchfork Staff (August 22, 2016). "The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 13, 2022. Its extended disco metamorphosis, which accounts for more than five of the song's nearly eight-minute length, turns out to be the hair of the dog...
  2. ^ Pitchfork Staff (August 22, 2016). "The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 13, 2022. "Love Hangover" is one of pop's best portrayals of falling for a person so amazing that it actually hurts.
  3. ^ "Diana Ross – Love Hangover (Eric Kupper Remix / Lyric Video)"
  4. ^ Ed Hogan. "Love Hangover – Diana Ross | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Fred Bronson, "Love Hangover" in Billboard Book of Number One Hits, 1988
  6. ^ England's Dreaming, Jon Savage Faber & Faber 1991, pp 93, 95, 185–186
  7. ^ "Dance Club Songs Chart".
  8. ^ Erlewine, Michael. The Man with the Sad Face – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved April 16, 2015.
  9. ^ The Associates – "18 Carrot Love Affair" / "Love Hangover" (1982) single at Discogs
  10. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  15. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Love Hangover". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  16. ^ Racca, Guido (2019). M&D Borsa Singoli 1960–2019 (in Italian). ISBN 9781093264906.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Diana Ross" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved July 18, 2022.
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  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 15, 2013.
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