When a Man Loves a Woman (Jody Watley song)

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"When a Man Loves a Woman"
Single by Jody Watley
from the album Intimacy
Released December 28, 1993
Genre Spoken word, Pop, Rap
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Larry Campbell, Jody Watley
Producer(s) Art & Rhythm, (Remix Version) P.M. Dawn
Jody Watley singles chronology
"Your Love Keeps Working on Me"
"When a Man Loves a Woman"
"Your Love Keeps Working on Me"
"When a Man Loves a Woman"

"When a Man Loves a Woman" is a song by Jody Watley, released as the final single from her fourth album, Intimacy. While "When a Man Loves a Woman" peaked at #115 on the U.S. pop chart, it had a significantly more successful showing on the R&B chart, where it landed at number 11. Also, "When a Man Loves a Woman" peaked at #33 in the UK, making it Watley's first Top 40 hit since "Friends" peaked at number 21 in 1989.


In 1994, "When a Man Loves a Woman" was released in the UK with alternate gay-themed mixes by progressive house/trance outfit, BBG. The BBG mixes substituted the gender roles in their titles, hence they were "When a Man Loves a Man" and "When a Woman Loves a Woman". Watley's willingness to discuss gay issues was unprecedented at the time and still remains a rarity among artists to this day.

Track listing[edit]

U.S. Cassette Maxi-Single
  1. Album Version
  2. Remix Version
  3. D.J.'s club Mix
  4. Instrumental Version
UK CD Single
  1. "When a Man Loves a Woman" (Radio Mix)
  2. "When a Man Loves a Man" (BBG Deep Mix Edit)
  3. "When a Woman Loves a Woman" (BBG Deep Mix Edit)
  4. "Ecstasy" (B.Y.C. 12")"


Chart (1994) Peak
UK Singles Chart 33
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 15
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 11
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 8
Year-End Charts (1994) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles[1] 79


  1. ^ "Billboard R&B Singles - 1994". Retrieved 2011-12-15.