I Want Your Love

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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 Atlantic 6:45
The Disco Years, Vol. 2: On the Beat 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
Dance, Dance, Dance: The Best of Chic 1991 Atlantic 6:45
Disco Hits, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 3:32
Sounds of the Seventies: More AM Nuggets 1994
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:33
Everybody Dance 1995 Rhino
Rock On: 1979 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:32
Dance, Dance, Dance & Other Hits 1997 Rhino Flashback 6:54
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
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 6:55
Disco Fever, Vol. 2 [Polygram International] 2001
Various Artists
Polygram 3:22
Pure Groove: The Classics 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV 3:23
Old School Soul Party 2005
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / TJL 3:31
Rhino Hi-Five: Chic 2005 Atlantic / Rhino 6:58
Best of Chic 2005 Warner Music 3:28
Good Times: The Very Best of the Hits and Remixes 2005 Atlantic 8:42
Dance Dance Dance [Collectables] 2006 Collectables 6:54
The Definitive Groove Collection 2006 Rhino 6:56
Ministry of Sound: 80s Groove -- Old Skool Funk Soul Classics 2010
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 3:30
The Chic Organization Box Set, Vol. 1: Savoir Faire 2010 Warner Music 8:33
S.O.U.L. 2011 BMG / Sony Music 7:09
Magnifique!: The Very Best of Chic 2011 Rhino
Shame 2011
Original Soundtrack
Sony Classical 6:54
The Chic Organization: Up All Night - Disco Edition 2013 Rhino 6:48
The 12" Singles Collection 2013 Atlantic
Chic/C'est Chic 2013 Friday Music 6:57
The Studio Album Collection 1977-1992 2013 Rhino Atlantic 6:56
Dimitri from Paris Presents Le Chic Remix 2018 Glitterbox 8:35
The Chic Organization 1977-1979 2018 Rhino 6:53
Glitterbox London
Various Artists
ADA / Defected / Glitterbox 6:56