Chicago

If You Leave Me Now

Song Review by

"If You Leave Me Now" was the song that turned the corner on Chicago's career. Primarily known for brassy, jazzy numbers, after "If You Leave Me Now" the band would be known for its ballads that featured the lead vocals of bassist Peter Cetera and de-emphasized the horn section. Produced by James William Guercio and written by Cetera, "If You Leave Me Now" went gold, staying at number one pop for two weeks, reaching number one adult contemporary in the fall of 1976. It won a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus and received Record of the Year. Chicago X sold over two million copies, garnered an Album of the Year nomination, and made it to number three pop.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Chicago X 1976 Rhino 3:59
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1981 Chicago Records Dist. 3:53
If You Leave Me Now (And Other Hits) 1983 Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 3:57
Take Me Back to Chicago 1985 Columbia 3:54
Group Portrait [4 CD] 1991 Chicago Records Dist. 3:54
Endless Love [PolyGram TV] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram
Kuschelrock, Vol. 9 1995
Various Artists
SBME Strategic Marketing Group 3:53
The Heart of Chicago 1967-1997 1997 Reprise 3:54
25 Years of Gold 1998 Import
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:56
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:57
The Heart of Chicago: 1967-1981 2000 Dealmakers 3:55
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:56
The Very Best of Chicago: Only the Beginning 2002 Rhino 3:56
Chicago Story: The Complete Greatest Hits 1967-2002 [2 Disc] 2003 WEA International 3:57
Chicago: The Box [Bonus DVD] 2003 Rhino 3:56
Hang All DJ's, Vol. 3 2003 Waxed Soul Recordings 2:09
No Image 2004
Original TV Soundtrack
Sony Music Distribution 3:58
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 70s #1 Pop Hits 2004
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 3:54
Classic Tearjerkers [Time/Life] 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:56
Love Songs 2005 Warner Music 4:13
A Lot Like Love 2005
Original Soundtrack
Columbia 3:56
Billboard #1s: The '70s 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
The Best of Chicago: 40th Anniversary Edition 2007 Rhino 3:56
The Ultimate Rock Ballads Collection [Time Life] 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:57
The Power of Love: 60 Powerful Love Ballads 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
Seventies Power Ballads 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 3:55
Soft Rock 70s 2010
Various Artists
Reflection / Reflections 3:58
The Ultimate Chicago: Australian Tour Edition 2010 Rhino 3:58
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
Jackie: Love Songs [2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / UMTV 3:55
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:56
Clear History 2013 Relativity 3:57
Best Love... Ever!, Vol. 2 2014
Various Artists
Parlophone / Warner Music 3:59
Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago 2016 Rhino
Acoustic '70s [Warner] 2017
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music
100 Greatest Classic Rock Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 3:54
100 Greatest Heartbreak
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
100 Greatest Number Ones
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
100 Greatest Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:59
Born to Rock: 60 Tracks of Classic Rock
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:54
Chilled Acoustic
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
Easy Acoustic
Various Artists
Rhino 3:57
Happy Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 3:59
Hits Of The 70s [2019]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
Mum: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:53
Power Ballads: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino
Rock & Romance Collection
Various Artists
Time Life 3:54
Rock [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 3:59
The Greatest Love Songs of the '70s
Various Artists
Time Life 3:55
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:56
The Studio Albums 1969-1978, Vol. 1 Rhino
Top Hits/70's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:59