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I'm Not in Love

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Love it, hate it, or simply hang it on the wall to cover up a nasty stain, "I'm Not in Love" rates among the most influential and powerful songs of the 1970s. Composed by Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart, it is, at its heart, a sordid little exercise, an examination of love from the point of view of a victim who refuses to believe he's succumbed. But, though it sounds like a typical 10cc twist, it's the most universal one they ever created, drawing covers from across the musical spectrum, with even Tori Amos and the Pretenders weighing in.

As an edited single, and across the full length LP track, "I'm Not in Love" first earned admiration for its production techniques, with some 256 vocal dubs required to complete the lush harmonies behind Stewart's vocal. Add the whispered tones of studio receptionist Kathy Warren, for the surrealistically nightmarish admonition "big boys don't cry," and "I'm Not in Love" breached frontiers of creativity which even Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," later that same year, could only nudge.

An immediate U.K. chart-topper, and number two in America, "I'm Not in Love" naturally slipped into the band's live set, although the constantly temperamental backing tapes which it required insist that it rarely worked as well as it should have. It was performed at the show featured on the KBFH in Concert live album, but did not make the LP itself; flawed later versions appear on Live and Let Live and on the B-side of 1982's "24 Hours" 10" single. 1995 then saw acoustic and remixed versions created for a new 10cc single and album (Mirror Mirror).

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Original Soundtrack 1975 Mercury / Polygram 6:07
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Live and Let Live 1977 7T's 6:59
No Image 1979 6:07
Windows in the Jungle 1983 Mercury 6:37
Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, Vol. 14 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 3:58
Sounds of the Seventies: 1975 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:47
Heart Rock, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
6:05
Classic Rock Box: WNEW-FM 25th Anniversary Box 1992
Various Artists
PolyGram 6:01
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Phantom
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd.
Rock F.M. 1994
Various Artists
Wisepack 6:03
Endless Love [PolyGram TV] 1995
Various Artists
Polygram
Class Reunion 1975: Greatest Hits of 1975 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 6:08
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Special Music
No Image 1995 Critique Records
Mirror Mirror 1995 Avex / Critique
The World of Rock 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:31
AM Gold: 1975 1996
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:48
Hotel de Love 1997
Original Soundtrack
Milan 6:03
The Very Best Of 1997 Mercury / Def Jam / Island 6:06
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1974-1975 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:44
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1970-1978 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:44
One and Only Love Album 1998
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 5:59
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:58
All by Myself [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 5:50
Tales of the City 1998
Original Soundtrack
Polygram 6:03
The Singles [Mercury] 1998 Chronicles / Mercury 6:05
Het Beste Uit de Top 100 Allertijden 1998
Various Artists
Polygram
Kuschelrock, Vol. 1 1999 Sony Music Distribution 5:55
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
With Love [Universal] 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 6:00
Sounds of the 70's [Global TV] 1999
Various Artists
Global TV 5:56
Modern Love Songs [Polygram] 2000
Various Artists
PolyGram 3:46
The Virgin Suicides: Music from the Motion Picture [Emperor Norton] 2000
Original Soundtrack
Emperor Norton 6:03
The Love Songs Album [#2] 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 6:01
Drivetime Triple Set 2000
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 5:58
Speculum Vitæ: Lieder for Soprano and Organ or Piano 2000
Various Artists
Cavalli 3:46
No Greater Love 2001
Various Artists
Global TV 5:56
Love Lights 2001
Various Artists
WEA 6:01
Sunday Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 5:59
A Year in Your Life: 1975, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 6:00
20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection: Best of 10CC 2002 Mercury / Universal Distribution 6:05
Songs From The Chillout Lounge 2002
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 5:54
Cherish [Original Soundtrack] 2002
Original Soundtrack
New Line Records 6:02
Twogether Love 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:48
CD101.9: New York's Smooth Jazz, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 6:00
Get It On [DVD Audio] 2003
Various Artists
DTS Entertainment
Time 100: Music of Our Lives 1960-1980 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 3:59
Classic Tearjerkers [Time/Life] 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 6:06
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason 2004
Various Artists
Geffen 6:02
1S - 38 of the Greatest Number 1 Singles of All Time 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:50
Pure Ballads 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 6:03
LateNightTales 2005 LateNightTales 5:56
Songs from the Motion Pictures 2005
Original Soundtrack
Wonderful Music Of 6:05
Ultimate 16: Lite FM: Love Songs from the Movies 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 6:04
'70s: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 5:59
Love Sucks 2006
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros. 6:02
The Love Songs Album [#3] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 6:04
No 1 Mum 2006
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 6:01
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 5:44
Barry Williams Presents: 70s Music Explosion 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:48
The Greatest Hits... And More 2006 UMVD 6:04
Greatest Ever! Number 1's: The Definitive Collection 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 5:59
True Mellow 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 5:58
The Greatest Classic Rock Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:44
Platinum: Solo Numeros, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
Contrasena 6:04
20TH Century Masters: Best of Love, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
UMVD 6:10
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 3:41
Les 100 Plus Grands Tubes 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:43
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:59
Collected 2008 Collected 5:58
The Ultimate Collection 100 Hits: Love 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 6:00
Very Best of 10cc [Universal UK] 2009 Universal Music TV 6:03
Always a Woman 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:44
Salut Les Copains, Vol. 3: 1969-1976 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 3:43
Songs About Love 2010
Various Artists
3:45
Podium: La Magie d'une Époque 2011
Various Artists
UMSM / Universal 3:42
Dreadlock Holiday: The Collection 2012 Spectrum Audio / Spectrum Music 5:50
I'm Not in Love: The Essential 10cc 2012 Spectrum Music 6:03
Now That's What I Call a No. 1 2012
Various Artists
EMI / Joint Venture 3:43
Tenology 2012 Mercury Records / Universal 6:07
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix, Vol. 1 2014
Various Artists
Hollywood 6:04
Guardians of the Galaxy [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2014 Hollywood 6:04
During After: The Best of 10cc 2017 UMC / Virgin EMI 6:08
100 Essential Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music 6:00
All Time Ballads
Various Artists
Universal 6:09
Best of British [Universal]
Various Artists
EMI / Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:43
Heartbreak Hits
Various Artists
Universal 6:01
I Am Relaxed
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 5:58
Love 70's [International Version]
Various Artists
Universal 6:00
Love: A Collection of Everlasting Love Songs
Various Artists
PolyGram 6:00
Lovely Days, Vol. 1 [1 CD]
Various Artists
3:46
Mother's Love Songs, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Universal 6:05
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 3:58
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:48
Total Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 6:02