Love You Inside Out

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"Love You Inside Out"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Spirits Having Flown
B-side "I'm Satisfied"
Released April 1979
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1978
Genre Pop rock, R&B, funk
Length 4:12
3:48 (7" version)
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Certification Gold
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Love You Inside Out"
"He's a Liar"

"Inside And Out" redirects here. For the track on the Genesis EP, see Spot The Pigeon.

"Love You Inside Out" is a 1979 hit single for the Bee Gees, from their album Spirits Having Flown. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week in June 1979, interrupting Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff". It was the ninth and final number-one hit for the Bee Gees in the US. In the UK, the single peaked at no.13 for two weeks.


A slow funk groove number. They sent off this track to their manager Robert Stigwood a special version with a different line "backwards and forwards with my cock hanging out" (which was different on the released version which was, 'backwards and forwards with my heart hanging out').[1][2]


"Love You Inside Out" was a milestone single for the Bee Gees, helping them rewrite the history books in several ways when it reached number one on the US Billboard charts.[3][4]

  1. It was the group's ninth number one single in the U.S. (tenth if you include "Lonely Days", which reached number one on the Cashbox charts in 1971). That is the most number one singles of any artist during the 1970s.
  2. It was The Bee Gees sixth consecutive number one single. The only other group to achieve this was The Beatles.
  3. It was the third consecutive number one single from Spirits Having Flown, which followed three consecutive number one singles from their previous album Saturday Night Fever. No other artist has ever had three consecutive number one singles from two successive albums.
  4. At the time, it placed them fourth among all artists with number one singles (9) and fourth in total weeks (27) at number one.

Billboard picked "Love You Inside Out" as one of the best cuts in Spirits Having Flown.[5] The song debuted at #28 in the United Kingdom.[6]


Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In 1996, the R&B group Total recorded the song on the album track "When Boy Meets Girl" from their self-titled debut in 1996. In 2004, the song was covered by Leslie Feist (under the title "Inside and Out") on her 2004 album Let It Die. It was released as the third single from the album in 2005. "Love You Inside Out" was sampled by Snoop Dogg for his rap single "Ups & Downs" in 2005 on rap group Nemesis' hit "Cantifiguritout". This song was also sampled by R. Kelly and Jay-Z's hit song "Honey".


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  2. ^ White, Timothy. ""The Bee Gees Are Earthy Angels", Rolling Stone, 17 May 1979". Retrieved 6 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Fred Bronson . Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, 5th Edition Billboard Publications (ISBN 0-8230-7677-6)
  4. ^ Dafydd Rees, Luke Crampton. Rock Stars Encyclopedia. p. 88. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Top Album Picks". Billboard. February 3, 1979. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. April 28, 1979. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Belian Chart". Belgium Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  9. ^ "Canadian Chart". Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  10. ^ "German Chart" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  11. ^ "Irish Charts". Irish Charts. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  12. ^ "Dutch Chart". Dutch Top 100. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  13. ^ "New Zealand Chart". Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  14. ^ "UK Charts". The Official Charts Company UK. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  15. ^ Lazell, Barry. Rock movers & shakers. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "US Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  17. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox Archives. June 9, 1979. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  18. ^ a b "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 3" (PDF). Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
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  20. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox Magazine Archives. July 14, 1979. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 

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Preceded by
"Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 9, 1979
Succeeded by
"Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer
Preceded by
"Hot Stuff" by Donna Summer
Canadian RPM number-one single
June 23, 1979
Succeeded by
"The Logical Song" by Supertramp