Your Love Is King

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"Your Love Is King"
Sade - Your Love Is King.jpg
Single by Sade
from the album Diamond Life
B-side"Love Affair with Life"
Released25 February 1984 (UK)
22 June 1985 (U.S.)
Producer(s)Robin Millar
Sade singles chronology
"Your Love Is King"
"When Am I Going to Make a Living"
(US singles) singles chronology
""Smooth Operator""
""Your Love Is King""
""The Sweetest Taboo""
Music video
"Your Love Is King" on YouTube

"Your Love Is King" is a song recorded by English band Sade from their debut album, Diamond Life (1984). The song was written by Sade Adu and Stuart Matthewman, and produced by Robin Millar. It was released in the UK on 25 February 1984 as the album's lead single, and in the US on 22 June 1985 as the album's third US single.

The song became the group's highest-charting hit to-date on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number six. In the US, it reached number 54 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 35 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, and peaked at number 8 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The B-sides of the 12" single were used on cassette versions of Diamond Life, with the extended "Smooth Operator/Snake Bite" replacing the original.

English pop singer Will Young produced a cover song of the single for the soundtrack, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004).


"Your Love is King" was originally published in the key of A Major in 12
time with a tempo of 90 beats per minute. Adu 's vocals span from A4 to F#5.[2]


"Your Love is King" was ranked at number seven on Heavy's list of Top 51 Best Love Songs: The Heavy Power List.[3] Tanya Rena Jefferson of AXS stated ""Your Love Is King" was released from the debut album Diamond Life. The jazzy slow swaying song, allows you to feel the smoothness of Sade's voice. Written by Sade Adu and Stuart Matthewman, this soulful song reached number 8 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart."[4] Frank Guan of Vulture commented "There’s a special charm to certain early Sade songs where poise and lightness prove compatible with profound commitment, and this song, with its blend of spiritual and physical love, is definitely one of them."[5]

Track listings[edit]

  • UK, US, and Dutch 7" single
A. "Your Love Is King" – 3:39
B. "Love Affair with Life" (recorded live) – 4:35
  • UK and Dutch 12" maxi single
A1. "Your Love Is King" – 3:58
B1. "Smooth Operator"/"Snake Bite" – 7:28
B2. "Love Affair with Life" (recorded live) – 4:35


Chart (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 64
Irish Singles Chart[7] 7
New Zealand Singles Chart [8] 2
UK Singles Chart[9] 6
Chart (1985) Peak
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[10] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 54
US Billboard Hot Black Singles[12] 35
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[13] 8


  1. ^ a b Hamilton, Andrew. "Sade - Your Love Is King". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Sade - Your Love is King". Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ Ryan, Sean (24 September 2018). "Top 51 Best Love Songs: The Heavy Power List". Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ Jefferson, Tanya Rena. "Sade's 10 best songs". AXS. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ Guan, Frank. "All 73 Sade Songs, Ranked From Worst to Best". Vulture. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 263. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and June 19, 1988.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts". IRMA. Retrieved 8 January 2009.
  8. ^ "Sade - Your Love is King". Recorded Music NZ. 26 August 1984. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Sade – Your Love Is King - Official Singles Charts". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  10. ^ "RPM Weekly Adult Contemporary - Volume 42, No. 25". Library and Archives Canada. RPM (archived). 31 August 1985. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Hot 100 - Billboard", Billboard, 27 September 1985, retrieved 30 September 2018
  12. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - Billboard", Billboard, 10 August 1985, retrieved 9 October 2018
  13. ^ "Adult Contemporary Chart - Billboard", Billboard

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