Chic

I Want Your Love

Composed by Bernard Edwards / Nile Rodgers

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Chic's smooth, up-tempo follow-up to their searing disco epic "Le Freak," "I Want Your Love" was a chart-topper in its own right in early 1979. And while it may not have been as commercially heart-stopping as the former, it was a stunning, and often better, example of just how easily Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers could magic a song together.

Simple, yet extraordinarily textured, this is Rodgers' autobiographical and bittersweet lament of an unrequited love. Dominant here is the song's four-note riff, which plays out across the intro on bells before being swept up in the lilting strings which ultimately drive the melody. Echoed by both horns and vocals, the slightly melancholy refrain "I want your love, I need your love" was the passionate repetition that made the song so endearing an unending circle -- a sonic masterpiece.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
C'est Chic 1978 6:56
The Disco Years, Vol. 2: On the Beat 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic 1991 Atlantic 6:56
Soul Searching [Concept] 1994
Various Artists
Concept 3:30
Sounds of the Seventies: More AM Nuggets 1994
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:33
Everybody Dance 1995 Rhino
Sensational Seventies, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Time Warner
Disco Hits: That's the Way I Like it 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:32
Best Disco Album in the Universe, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Essex 6:56
Rock On: 1975-1979 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:32
The Number Ones: Soul on Fire 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 3:31
Everybody Dance: Remixed Dance Classics 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 8:44
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 3:32
Disco Box 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 3:31
Live at the Budokan 1999 Sumthing Distribution 6:17
Monster Jams 1999
Various Artists
Spyr, Inc. / Mars 3:30
The Very Best of Chic & Sister Sledge 1999 Rhino 8:43
Funky Divas [WEA] 1999
Various Artists
WEA International 3:28
The Very Best of Chic 2000 Rhino 6:56
Mega Disco Funk 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 3:10
Rechic: Chic Remixes 2001 2001 WEA
Disco Fever, Vol. 2 [Polygram International] 2001
Various Artists
Polygram 3:22
In Japan 2002 Snapper 6:17
Ultimate Chic 2002 WEA/Warner
Pure Groove: The Classics 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV 3:23
Let's Groove Again 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:21
Le Freak 2003 Excalibur 6:23
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Live at the Budokan [DVD] 2004 Charly Records 6:11
The Best Disco in Town: Live 2003 2004
Various Artists
Well Go USA
Old School Soul Party 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory/TJL 3:31
Rhino Hi-Five: Chic 2005 Atlantic 6:58
Best of Chic 2005 Warner Music 3:28
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Musicpro
The Best of Chic: Live 2006 Delta Distribution
Le Freak: Live [DVD] 2006 Cleopatra
Night in Amsterdam: Live at the Paradisco July 17, 2005 2006 Universe 8:57
Live in Amsterdam 2006 Unknown
Dance Dance Dance [Collectables] 2006 Collectables 6:54
The Definitive Groove Collection 2006 Rhino 6:56
Instant Groove 2006
Various Artists
Snapper
100 Hits: Disco Classics 2006
Various Artists
100 Hits / DMG TV 3:19
Le Freak [MusicPro] 2006 Double Pleasure 11:10
Live at the Budokan [DVD/CD] 2006 Charly / Charly Records 6:13
No Image 2007 Sireena
Soul Love: 50 Great Soul Legends of Love 2007
Various Artists
Warner Strategic Marketing 6:49
Live in Paradiso Amsterdam 2005 2007 The Alpha Centauri / Musicpro
Live 2008 TGG Direct 4:58
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:23
No Image 2008
Various Artists
St. Clair
Mount Fuji Jazz Festival '03 2009 ABC Music 6:40
Mount Fuji Jazz Festival '03 [DVD] 2009 ABC Music
Live at Budokan 2009 Video Arts 6:17
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 6:56
Loving You: 60 Beautiful Love Songs to Show How Much You Care 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Ministry of Sound: 80s Groove -- Old Skool Funk Soul Classics 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:30
Original Album Series 2010 Rhino
S.O.U.L. 2011 BMG / Sony Music 7:09
Magnifique!: The Very Best of Chic 2011 Rhino 3:25
Shame 2011
Original Soundtrack
Sony Classical 6:54
Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic Live 2011 Fuel 2000 6:17
The  '80s: Right Between the Eyes 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue 3:45
The Chic Organization: Up All Night - Disco Edition 2013 Rhino 6:48
The 12" Singles Collection 2013 Rhino Atlantic 6:55
Chic/C'est Chic 2013 Friday Music 6:57
The Studio Album Collection 1977-1992 2013 Rhino Atlantic 6:56
A Natural Woman 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:21
An  Evening with Chic 2015 Cleopatra
The Seventies Album [Rhino] 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 3:24
Smooth Grooves [Ministry of Sound] 2016
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:43
300 Hits: The '80s
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 3:45
Dance, Dance, Dance Sound and Vision 6:23
Ferry Maat's Soul Show Top 100, Vol 2
Various Artists
PTG 4:00
Glitterbox London
Various Artists
ADA / Defected / Glitterbox 6:56
No Image
Various Artists
3:28
Smash Soul & R&B Hits, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Excalibur 6:23
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