No Ordinary Love

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"No Ordinary Love"
Single by Sade
from the album Love Deluxe
B-side "Paradise"
Released 8 October 1992 (UK)
7 November 1992 (US)
Recorded 1992
Length 7:19
Label Epic
  • Sade
  • Mike Pela
Sade singles chronology
"Haunt Me"
"No Ordinary Love"
"Feel No Pain"

"No Ordinary Love" is a song by English band Sade, released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Love Deluxe (1992). Released in late-1992 on Epic Records, it peaked at number 26 in the UK when originally released in October 1992, but reached number 14 when it was re-released in June 1993. Sade is dressed as a mermaid and a bride in the music video. "No Ordinary Love" is considered Sade's signature song, alongside 1984's "Smooth Operator" and 1988's "Paradise."


Sade won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1994.

In popular culture[edit]


"No Ordinary Love" was featured prominently in the 1993 film Indecent Proposal, though it was not included on the film's soundtrack album.

"No Ordinary Love" appeared in the second season episode of NBC's 30 Rock, "Jack Gets in the Game", when Kenneth Parcell tried to seduce Tracy Jordan's wife, Angie Jordan.

Cover versions[edit]

Serbian rock band Night Shift covered the song on their Undercovers album in 2002.

The band Deftones covered this song with Jonah Matranga for the band's 2005 B-side collection B-Sides & Rarities. This cover has generally been extremely well received by critics and fans of Sade and Deftones.[citation needed] Vocalist Chino Moreno often cites Sade as one of his favorite artists.

Pinoy rock band Urbandub also did a cover of this song, which was included on the EMI Music Philippines 2005 compilation Full Volume - The Best of Pinoy Alternative.[1]

The song was also covered instrumentally by trumpeter Chris Botti on his 2004 album When I Fall in Love.[2][3]

Marcia Hines covered the song on her 2007 album "Life"

Vesta Williams covered the song on her 2007 album "Distant Lover."

The Civil Wars cover it live in their album Live at Eddie's Attic available on their website as a free Internet download.

Richard Marx covered the song as "Ordinary Love" on his 2008 album titled Sundown.

A cover of "No Ordinary Love" is featured as the tenth and final track of Dallas Green's and Alecia Moore's You+Me debut album, "rose ave.".

Joanna Marie covered the song in English & Spanish as "ordinary Love" "Amor Ordinario" on her album "Simply Irresistible" 1999 Kariang Music.

Liam Frost released a solo cover on his 2014 The Wild Places EP.

Walden and Havana Brown released a dance version as a single in 2015. [4]

Track listings and formats[edit]


Chart (1992) Peak
Dutch Top 40[5] 19
French Singles Chart[6] 20
German Singles Chart[7] 43
Swedish Singles Chart[6] 33
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 23
Chart (1993) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[6] 21
UK Singles Chart[8] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 28
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[9] 9
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[9] 14


  1. ^ "EMI Philippines – Urbandub". EMI Music Philippines. Retrieved 2008-01-11. 
  2. ^ "When I Fall In Love overview". 
  3. ^ "Chris Botti dating Katie Couric". 
  4. ^ "No Ordinary Love (Walden Vs Havana Brown) - Single". iTunes. iTunes. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 46 – 1992". Top 40 (in Dutch). Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Sade – No Ordinary Love –". Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  7. ^ " – Sade – No Ordinary Love". (in German). Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  8. ^ "Chart Stats – Sade – No Ordinary Love {1993}". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  9. ^ a b c "Sade > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 

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