Tender Love

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"Tender Love"
Tender Love The Force MDs.jpg
Single by Force MDs
from the album Krush Groove and Chillin'
B-side "Be Mine, Girl"
Released December 5, 1985
Format CD single, 7", 12"
Recorded 1985
Genre R&B, soul, quiet storm
Length 3:56 (album version)
4:19[1] (alternate single version)
Songwriter(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Force MDs singles chronology
"Itchin' for a Scratch"
"Tender Love"
"Here I Go Again"
"Itchin' for a Scratch"
"Tender Love"
"Here I Go Again"

"Tender Love" is a song by Force MDs. Written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the tune appeared in the 1985 film Krush Groove and was featured on the film's soundtrack. It also appeared on the group's second album Chillin'.

Although primarily known as a pre-new jack swing/old school hip hop band, the Force MDs introduced themselves to a whole new audience with this song. Not only did the song peak at number 4 on the R&B charts (where the group had already amassed a steady string of minor hits), but it also became a crossover hit, cracking the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1986,[2] becoming the group's only single to date to break the Pop top 40. On the Adult Contemporary chart, the song peaked at #2.[3] The song was also a hit in the United Kingdom, reaching #23 in the UK Singles Chart.[4] The tune was a major contributing factor to Jam & Lewis' winning a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year in 1986.[citation needed]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 23


"Tender Love" has since been sampled by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on their 1996 hit "Dayz of our Lives" and by 2 Much on their 2007 song "Hard Time" (later covered by Korean group Shinee). Rapper Trina sampled the song on her 2005 hit "Here We Go" on her album Glamorest Life. In addition, the tune has been covered in the studio by Jordan Knight, Usher, and Uncle Sam and in live performances by artists such as Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Marsha Ambrosius, Kelly Rowland, and Marques Houston.


  1. ^ Force M.D.'s- "Tender Love" @Discogs.com Retrieved 12-30-2011.
  2. ^ Force M.D.'s- Billboard Hot 100 history @Billboard.com Retrieved 12-30-2011.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 95. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-09-12" UK Singles Chart.