My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)

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"My Lovin'
(You're Never Gonna Get It)"
Single by En Vogue
from the album Funky Divas
Released March 17, 1992 (US)[1]
Format CD
Recorded 1991—January 1992
Genre Dance-pop, new jack swing, post-disco, hip hop soul, R&B
Length 4:42
Label eastwest
Writer(s) Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy, James Brown, Fred Wesley, John Starks
Producer(s) Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy
En Vogue singles chronology
"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
"Giving Him Something He Can Feel"

"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" is the first single from musical group En Vogue's second album, Funky Divas. It has been certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 units. The song features Maxine Jones and Dawn Robinson on lead vocals. In a 1992 article En Vogue mentioned this was one of the last songs they recorded for Funky Divas, which resulted in it being released as a single so close to the album's release date.

The song appears in the 1995 movie Canaleo and the 2007 Chris Rock film, I Think I Love My Wife, as well as on the soundtrack to video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and in the episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch titled "Ping, Ping A Song". The song was covered by Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale, on the 97th episode of popular musical series Glee, which aired on February 25, 2014.[2]

This song contains a sample of the guitar riff from the James Brown song "The Payback". The guitar sample is looped throughout the entire song and forms the basis of the melody.[3]

VH1 ranked it #43 on its list for the "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s".

Chart performance[edit]

"My Lovin'" was the group's fourth number one on the Hot Soul charts.[4] It debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at #71, the week of March 21, 1992, and jumped to #47 by the following week. The single glided into the top tier, reaching its peak of #2 by the week of May 16, 1992, where it remained for three consecutive weeks. "My Lovin'" was one of several top contenders during the summer of 1992 that was held out of the top spot by Kris Kross (#1 for 8 weeks with "Jump"). Nevertheless, the song was one of the most notable and popular songs of the year, remaining in the Top 10 for thirteen weeks, and in the Top 40 for twenty-two weeks. The song also reached #4 in the UK Singles Chart. (Due in large part to a performance of the single by En Vogue on the legendary UK music show Top Of The Pops which helped the song reach the top 5 there.)

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was directed by Matthew Rolston in February 1992. The video features the group singing the song, intercut with footage of two male back-up dancers, clad in zentai, dancing.

Alternate versions[edit]

  1. Radio Edit - 4:11
  2. Ext Edit - 4:12
  3. Extended Mix - 5:01 (features elements of "Hold On")
  4. Bonus Beats - 2:08
  5. Radio Active - 3:51
  6. Radio Active #2 - 4:41
  7. Hyperadio - 5:12 (features elements of "Hold On")
  8. Theo's Cheaptrick Remix - 4:41/6:46
  9. The Morning After Dub - 5:37


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award
1992 Won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography ("My Lovin' (Never Gonna Get It)").
1992 Nominated for MTV Video Music Awards Best Group Video, Best Dance Video, Best Direction, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography ("My Lovin' (Never Gonna Get It)").

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) Genius Lyrics". Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 189. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Longbored Surfer - Charts. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 

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Preceded by
"All Woman" by Lisa Stansfield
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number one single
May 16, 1992
Succeeded by
"Come and Talk to Me" by Jodeci