My Love Is for Real

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"My Love Is for Real"
My Love Is For Real1.jpg
Single by Paula Abdul
from the album Head over Heels
Released May 29, 1995 (1995-05-29)
Format Cassette, vinyl, CD
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop, R&B, electronic, Trip hop[1]
Length 5:20
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Paula Abdul, Rhett Lawrence[2]
Producer(s) Rhett Lawrence[1]
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Will You Marry Me?"
"My Love Is for Real"
"Crazy Cool"
"Will You Marry Me?"
"My Love Is for Real"
"Crazy Cool"

"My Love Is for Real" is a 1995 dance-pop song by Paula Abdul. It was the first single from Abdul's third studio album, Head over Heels.

Song information[edit]

"My Love Is for Real" was written by Abdul and Rhett Lawrence. The song is a fusion of R&B and traditional Middle Eastern instruments and features vocals by Israeli singer Ofra Haza.[3] The single's B-side is the mid-tempo song "Didn't I Say I Love You", written by Elliot Wolf and Stacey Piersa.

The single featured remixes by British dance band Strike, who subsequently recorded and released their own version of "My Love Is for Real" featuring singer Victoria Newton. Their version of the song became a UK Clubs Dance Top 10 hit.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Michael Haussman, features Middle Eastern inspired imagery with Abdul appearing as the head mistress of a harem.[4] The video received two MTV Video Music Award nominations: Best Dance Video and Best Choreography in a Video.

Chart performance[edit]

"My Love Is for Real" was intended to be a comeback single for Abdul who had not released an album since 1991's triple platinum Spellbound.[5] The single was not as successful as Abdul's previous releases and peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song fared better on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart where it reached the #1 position.

The single was moderately successful internationally. It peaked at #3 in Canada, #7 in Australia, was a Top 20 hit in New Zealand and peaked at #28 in the U.K. In other European and Asian countries, the single mostly charted in the bottom Top 50.

Formats and track listings[edit]

U.S. 12" single

  1. "My Love Is for Real" (E-Smoove's Fever Mix)
  2. "My Love Is for Real" (Strike's Pink Wig Dub)
  3. "My Love Is for Real" (Downtempo Club Dub)
  4. "My love is for real" (Strike's Straight Up There Mix)
  5. "My love is for real" (E-Smoove's Fever 7" Edit)
  6. " Didn't I Say I Love You"

U.S. 5" CD single

  1. "My Love Is for Real" (Radio edit)
  2. "Didn't I Say I Love You"
  3. "My Love Is for Real" (LP version)
  4. "My Love Is for Real" (R&B Remix)

Official remixes[edit]

  • Radio Edit
  • R&B Remix
  • E-Smoove Fever Edit
  • E-Smoove Fever Mix
  • Full Version (By Strike)
  • Junior Vasquez Club
  • Junior Vasquez Club Extended Mix
  • Strike's Pink Wig Dub
  • Strike's Straight Up There Mix
  • Strike's Straight Up There Edit
  • Downtempo Club Dub
  • Uptempo Club Vocal
  • Lawrence/Mokran Edit
  • Short Intro. Edit
  • The Sensuous Mix
  • The Soft Single Mix

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 7
Canadian Singles Chart 3
New Zealand Singles Chart 20
UK Singles Chart 28
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Rhythmic Singles 30
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 16
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 96

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Abdul - My Love Is For Real (2x12") at Discogs
  2. ^ entry for the song ASCAP. Accessed on October 29, 2010.
  3. ^ "Album Reviews". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 107 (26): 92. July 1, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  4. ^ "Production Notes". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 107 (23): 40. June 10, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  5. ^ Considine, J .D. (June 13, 1995). "Abdul: Sounds Familiar". Retrieved February 19, 2015. 


Paula Abdul Chart History at

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Relax" by Crystal Waters
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
August 19, 1995
Succeeded by
"Come and Get Your Love" by Real McCoy