When You Love a Woman

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"When You Love a Woman"
When You Love a Woman cover.jpg
Single by Journey
from the album Trial by Fire
B-side "Message of Love"
"Open Arms"
Released July 10, 1996
Format CD
Recorded 1996
Length 4:08
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain
Producer(s) Kevin Shirley
Journey singles chronology
"Lights (Live)"
"When You Love a Woman"
"Message of Love"
"Lights (Live)"
"When You Love a Woman"
"Message of Love"

"When You Love a Woman" is a song by American rock band Journey. It is the third track from their 1996 album Trial by Fire and was released as the lead single from that album in July 1996.

The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart, where it remained for four weeks in December 1996.[1] It hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #57 on the Top Hot 100 Hits of 1997, as well as being a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, reaching #9. It is Journey's highest charting adult contemporary single.

"When You Love a Woman" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.[1]


The music video features the band playing in what appears to be an empty recording studio. The video, directed by Wayne Isham,[2] was shot inside the (film) Scoring Stage at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA.[citation needed] This was one of the last performances with Steve Perry as vocalist. In the video, Neal Schon plays a white Tom Anderson guitar.


Chart (1996–97) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 78
Japan (Oricon) 6
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 12
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 81
Chart (1997) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 63
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 57


  1. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 404.
  2. ^ MVDBase.com
  3. ^ "Musicline.de – Journey Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  4. ^ "Journey Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Journey Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1996". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1997". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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Preceded by
"It's All Coming Back to Me Now" by Celine Dion
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
December 14–28, 1996
Succeeded by
"Un-Break My Heart" by Toni Braxton