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

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"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)"
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Single by En Vogue
from the album Funky Divas
B-side "Part of Me"
Released March 17, 1992 (US)[1]
Format CD
Recorded 1991—January 1992
Length 4:42
Label EastWest
Songwriter(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)"
"Giving Him Something He Can Feel"

"My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" is a song by American female group En Vogue, released in 1992. It is the lead single from their multi-platinum hit album, Funky Divas. VH1 ranked it #43 on its list for the "100 Greatest Songs of the '90s".The single was certified gold by the RIAA for sales/shipments of over 500,000 units.

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". In 2016, the song appears in the introduction of the movie Central Intelligence. In Lip Sync Battle, Queen Latifah sang this.


"My Lovin'" 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.[2] 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.

Chart performance[edit]

"My Lovin'" was the group's fourth number one on the Hot Soul charts.[3] 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.) becoming is the group's highest charting single 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.

Impact and legacy[edit]

In 2011 Slant Magazine ranked the song #39 in its The 100 Best Singles of the 1990s-list.[4] Billboard named the song #6 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  • US CD Single
  1. "My Lovin'" (Radio Active #2) – 4:41
  2. "My Lovin'" (Hyper Radio Mix)  – 5:12
  3. "My Lovin'" (Theo's Cheaptrick Remix)  – 4:41
  • UK CD Single[6]
  1. "My Lovin'" (Radio Edit) – 4:16
  2. "My Lovin'" (Extended) – 5:03
  3. "My Lovin'" (LP Version) – 4:44
  4. "My Lovin'" (Extended Edit) – 4:11
  • US 12" Vinyl Single
  1. "My Lovin'" (Theo's Cheaptrick Remix) – 6:46
  2. "My Lovin'" (Radio Active)  – 4:50
  3. "My Lovin'" (The Morning After Dub) – 5:37
  4. "My Lovin'" (Hyperradio)  – 5:13


  • Producer – Denzil Foster & Thomas McElroy
  • Remix – Theo Mizuhara
  • Executive-Producer – Denzil Foster, Thomas McElroy

Charts and certifications[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Album / Track Result
1992 MTV Video Music Award Best Choreography "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" Won
Best Group Video
Best Dance Video
Best Direction
Best Editing
Best Cinematography

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "En Vogue - My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It) Genius Lyrics". Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  2. ^ Wilson & Arrow's Review. "My Lovin" samples James Brown's "Payback". WARR
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 189. 
  4. ^ "The 100 Best Singles of the 1990s". Slant Magazine. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017. 
  6. ^ "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It), UK Single at Discogs". Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  7. ^ "AUT Charts > En Vogue". Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  8. ^ AUS Charts > En Vogue. ARIA Charts.
  9. ^ "NLD Charts > En Vogue". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  10. ^ "GER Charts > En Vogue". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  11. ^ "SWI Charts > En Vogue". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  12. ^ "UK Charts > En Vogue". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-09-10. 
  13. ^ a b c "Artist Chart History - En Vogue". Billboard. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". Longbored Surfer - Charts. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  15. ^ RIAA. US Certifications > En Vogue Singles. Retrieved, 2016-10-10

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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