Love Is All We Need

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"Love Is All We Need"
MJB—Love Is All We Need.jpg
Single by Mary J. Blige featuring Nas
from the album Share My World
Released March 18, 1997 (1997-03-18)
Format
Recorded 1996
Studio Flyte Tyme Studios
(Edina, Minnesota)
Genre
Length 4:16
Label MCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"Not Gon' Cry"
(1996)
"Love Is All We Need"
(1997)
"I Can Love You"
(1997)

"Not Gon' Cry"
(1996)
"Love Is All We Need"
(1997)
"I Can Love You"
(1997)
Nas singles chronology
"Escobar '97"
(1997) Escobar '971997
"Love Is All We Need"
(1997) Love Is All We Need1997
"Grand Finale"
(1998) Grand Finale1998

"Love Is All We Need" is a 1997 song by R&B singer Mary J. Blige. It was released as the first single from Blige's third album, Share My World, and features a rap verse from Nas.

Recording[edit]

Produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, the song features a sample of Rick James' 1985 single "Moonchild." With its more buoyant tone, "Love Is All We Need" stood in conspicuous contrast to much of the more dark-rooted material featured on Blige's earlier albums.

Release and reaction[edit]

While well received in America as an airplay single, the song was never given a physical release in the US and as a result the song never charted on the Hot 100 singles chart, though it did reach number one on the US dance singles chart. Meanwhile, the song became an international hit reaching number fifteen on the UK singles charts; Blige's first top twenty UK hit since 1995's "Mary Jane (All Night Long)." A remix of the song features a separate rap cameo by Foxy Brown and a vocal interpolation of Diana Ross' "Do You Know Where You're Going To (Theme from Mahogany)".

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in New York City from February 24–25, 1997, where Mary is at an office singing her verse and the second scene was a fashion show, Nas is in a fancy chair rapping his verse and the third scene is where Mary is on top of a roof building at the end of the song.

Track listings[edit]

CD 1
  1. "Love Is All We Need" (Album Version)
  2. "Love Is All We Need" (Instant Flava Remix)
  3. "Love Is All We Need" (Mark's Needy Vocal)
  4. "Love Is All We Need" (DYMK Club Mix)
CD 2
  1. "Love Is All We Need" (Cutfather & Joe Remix)
  2. "Love Is All We Need" (Cutfather & Joe Stripped Down Mix)
  3. "Love Is All We Need" (Elusive Club Mix)
  4. "Love Is All We Need" (Mark!s Faster Mary Faster Dub)
  5. "Love Is All We Need" (Hard On Dub)
Cassette
  1. "Love Is All We Need" (Album Version)
  2. "Love Is All We Need" (Cutfather & Joe Remix)

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the Share My World liner notes.[1]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[2] 90
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[4] 31
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 15
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blige, Mary J. (1997). Share My World (Liner Notes) (Compact Disc). Mary J. Blige. MCA Records. 
  2. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mary J Blige – Love Is All We Need" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Mary J Blige – Love Is All We Need". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Mary J Blige – Love Is All We Need". Singles Top 100. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Mary J Blige: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Mary J. Blige Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 1, 2017.