Lovin' You

"Lovin' You"
Perfect Angel Β©1974.jpg
Single by Minnie Riperton
from the album Perfect Angel
B-side "The Edge of a Dream"
Released January 13, 1975
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul
  • 3:21 (radio edit)
  • 3:46 (album version)
Label Epic 32561
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder and Richard Rudolph (as Scorbu Productions)[1]
Minnie Riperton singles chronology
"Seeing You This Way"
"Lovin' You"
"Inside My Love"

"Lovin' You" is a song recorded by American singer Minnie Riperton from her second studio album Perfect Angel (1974). It was written by Riperton and Richard Rudolph, produced by Rudolph and Stevie Wonder, and released on January 13, 1975.

It became a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 on April 5, 1975. Additionally, it reached number two on the UK Singles chart, and number three on the Billboard R&B chart. In the US, it ranked number 13 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1975. The song is especially known for Riperton's use of the high whistle register in the song's bridge, and for the chirping songbirds heard throughout.

In 1975, "Lovin' You" was certified gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 1,000,000 units.[2]


It was the fourth single from Riperton's album Perfect Angel (1974). As with the rest of the album, the keyboard backing is played by Stevie Wonder (credited as "El Toro Negro", Spanish for the black bull, as Wonder is a Taurus).

"Lovin' You" was among the first of several songs to top the US Billboard pop chart without the help of a percussion instrument. Prior examples of percussion-less Number Ones were Jim Croce – "Time in a Bottle" (1973), The Beatles – "Yesterday" (1965), and on the UK Singles Chart, The Beatles – "Eleanor Rigby" (1966).

According to the liner notes from Riperton's compilation album Petals, the melody for "Lovin' You" was created to be a distraction for her baby daughter (Maya Rudolph) so that Minnie and her husband Richard could hang out. Maya was in the studio with Riperton on the day it was recorded and Riperton can be heard singing her daughter's name at the end, but only in the unedited or album version. The song fades out early in the radio edit because the disc jockeys felt that the repeated "Maya" was being overdone and that it would be misunderstood as a religious chant.


"Lovin' You" was originally published in the key of A major in common time with a tempo of 72 beats per minute. Riperton's vocals span from C#4 to F#5.[3][4]

Uses in popular culture

The Orb song, "A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld" was initially called "Loving You" after the Minnie Riperton song. The Orb's version, as it was originally played live, sampled heavily from Riperton.[5] On signing to the label Big Life, the Orb changed the title of the song, usually leaving "Loving You" as a subtitle. Upon the single's release, Riperton's management forced Big Life to remove the unlicensed Riperton samples, ensuring that only the initial first-week release of the single contained the original vocals of Minnie Riperton; subsequent pressings used vocals from a sound-alike.[6] The version played live on BBC radio (with samples of Riperton) ended up on John Peel's Festive Fifty for 1990. The recorded version released as a single, despite being near 20 minutes in length, reached No. 78 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song appeared in a 1998 US TV commercial for Burger King Cini-minis.

The song appeared on The Simpsons episode MyPods and Boomsticks in 2008.

The intro of the song was featured during the Top Gear: Bolivia Special (2009).

The song appeared in a scene of the 2007 Film Disturbia.

The song appeared in a 2017 UK TV commercial for Domino's.[7]

The song was featured briefly in Dreamworks animated film Megamind .

Chart performance


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Silver 250,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Shanice version

"Lovin' You"
Single by Shanice
from the album Inner Child
Released August 11, 1992
Format CD single, Cassette single
Genre R&B, soul
Length 3:57
Label Motown
Producer(s) Narada Michael Walden
Shanice singles chronology
"Silent Prayer"
"Lovin' You"
"Saving Forever for You"

Shanice's cover of the song was released in the summer of 1992 months after the success of her hit "I Love Your Smile". It only achieved minor success on the US Billboard R&B chart peaking at number 59; it also peaked at number 54 on the UK chart. The music video for the song is set on a beach. In 2005, she re-recorded the song again for her 2006 album Every Woman Dreams.

Track listing

  1. "Single Version"
  2. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone Single Remix)
  3. "I Love Your Smile" (Driza Bone Club Remix)
  4. "Instrumental"


Chart (1992) Peak
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[23] 59
UK Singles Chart 54


  • Drums and programming by Narada Michael Walden
  • Keyboards and programming by Louis Biancaniello
  • Produced by Narada Michael Walden for Perfection Light Productions

Other cover versions


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  20. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1969/Top 100 Songs of 1969". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
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