Love Shoulda Brought You Home

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"Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
Love Shoulda Brought You Home cover.jpg
U.S. CD single cover
Single by Toni Braxton
from the album Boomerang (soundtrack) and Toni Braxton
Released December 1, 1992
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded May 1992
Genre R&B
Length 4:56
Label LaFace
Songwriter(s) Babyface, Daryl Simmons, Bo Watson
Producer(s) L. A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons
Toni Braxton singles chronology
"Give U My Heart"
(1992)
"Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
(1992)
"Another Sad Love Song"
(1993)
"Give U My Heart"
(1992)
"Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
(1992)
"Another Sad Love Song"
(1993)

"Love Shoulda Brought You Home" is the first solo single by American R&B singer Toni Braxton. The song was written by Babyface, Daryl Simmons, and Bo Watson, and was featured on the soundtrack to the romantic comedy film Boomerang (1992). It served as the follow-up to Braxton's duet with Babyface, titled "Give U My Heart". Those pair of songs was submitted to Anita Baker, but due to Baker's impending pregnancy, she had to decline.[1] The single became a top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and her second consecutive top five hit on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Seven months later, the song was included on Braxton's debut album, Toni Braxton.

The title is a direct line from Boomerang. In the film, Halle Berry's character, Angela Lewis, angrily tells her man, Marcus Graham (Eddie Murphy), after he spent the night with another woman, "Love should've brought your ass home last night."[citation needed]

The music video, directed by Ralph Ziman, showed an angry Braxton—alternating between a long sweater (worn as a dress) and a suit complete with tie. She is fed up with her boyfriend and testifies that if he really cared, then love should have brought him home last night.

The song was also used in the background of an early 1993 episode of the soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, on December 5, 1992, "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" peaked number five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song spent a total of twenty nine weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[2] On January 16, 1993, the song peaked at number nineteen on the Rhythmic Songs chart and number thirty three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3][4] The song also peaked at number thirty six on the Radio Songs chart.[5]

In the United Kingdom, on November 27, 1994, "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" debuted at number thirty three on the UK Singles Chart.[6] In its second and third week the song fell to numbers forty six and seventy five.[7][8] On January 14, 1995, the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart charting at number ninety three before falling out the top 100 chart.[9]

Track listings and formats[edit]

U.S. CD single
  1. "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" (Radio Edit) – 4:16
  2. "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" (Album Version) – 4:56
  3. "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" (Slow Sensual Mix) – 3:33
UK CD single
  1. "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" (Radio Edit) – 4:16
  2. "How Many Ways" (R. Kelly Radio Edit) – 4:02
  3. "How Many Ways" (Radio Edit Album Version) – 4:20
  4. "The Christmas Song" – 3:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[2] 4
Chart (1993) Peak
position
U.S. Rhythmic Songs[3] 19
U.S. Hot 100[4] 33
U.S. Radio Songs[5] 36
Chart (1994) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[6] 33

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref
United States January 1, 1992 12" LaFace Records [10]
September 28, 1992 Cassette [11]
December 4, 1992 CD [12]
United Kingdom November 18, 1994 12" LaFace Records, Arista Records [13]
November 21, 1994 CD [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Braxton, Toni Biography: Contemporary Musicians". eNotes.com. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Billboard HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS December 5, 1992". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Billboard Rhythmic Songs Chart JANUARY 16, 1993". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100 Chart JANUARY 16, 1993". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Billboard Radio Songs Chart Toni Braxton". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100 27 November 1994 - 03 December 1994". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 04 December 1994 - 10 December 1994". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 11 December 1994 - 17 December 1994". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 08 January 1995 - 14 January 1995". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Toni Braxton - Toni Braxton / Love Shoulda Brought You Home Amazon.com Music". Amazon. Amazon (U.S). Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Love Shoulda Brought You Home - Amazon.com Music". Amazon. Amazon (U.S). Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Toni Braxton - Love Shoulda Brought You Home Amazon.com Music". Amazon. Amazon (U.S.). Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Love Shoulda Brought You Home [12" VINYL] Amazon.co.uk Music". Amazon. Amazon (UK). Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Toni Braxton – Love Shoulda Brought You Home (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Discogs. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 

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