"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.