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"Love Don't Cost a Thing"
Single by Jennifer Lopez
from the album J.Lo
Released January 8, 2001 (UK)
January 27, 2001 (U.S.)
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2000, Cove City Sound Studios
(Glen Cove, New York)
Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
Genre Dance-pop, R&B
Length 3:42
Label Epic
Writer(s) Damon Sharpe, Greg Lawson, Georgette Franklin, Jeremy Monroe, Amille Harris
Producer Ric Wake
Jennifer Lopez singles chronology
"Let's Get Loud"
"Love Don't Cost a Thing"

"Love Don't Cost a Thing" is the lead single from Jennifer Lopez's second album, J.Lo (2001). It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, besides being her first number one in the United Kingdom. Its Spanish-language version, "Amor Se Paga con Amor" ("Love Is Paid with Love"), featured on the Latin American edition of J.Lo, was restricted to the U.S. Latin music charts. Lopez performed the song for the first time at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2000 in November 2000 in Stockholm, Sweden.


Music video

The video starts while Lopez is talking to her boyfriend on her cell phone; he tells her that he is not going to be able to make it. He then asks her if she received the bracelet that he had bought for her and she says yes and tells him that it is beautiful, but she would prefer him there with her instead, and the last thing she needs is another bracelet, she then hangs up. The camera then switches to a view of Lopez coming out of her villa, and stepping into her convertible, then she drives onto the highway, eventually throwing her purse from the car. She continues on to a beach where she starts walking, and starts to strip; first she takes off her sunglasses, then her coat, and then her necklace. Then she removes a post card from her pocket, that reads: "Wish you were here"; Lopez is shown on it with a couple of dancers on a beach (one of the dancers is her ex-husband, Cris Judd). The camera then zooms in on the post card, Lopez and the dancers performs a routine*. Afterwards, the camera zooms out to its previous position before they started the routine. Lopez then proceeds to tear the post card in half, afterwards she throws it. Then Lopez runs to the beach, stripping to her underwear, and at the end of the video takes her top off and covers her breasts with her hands. Throughout the video there are inter cut scenes of Lopez in her golden underwear lying on the sand and on the water, and dancing near trees.

  • *Notice that in this segment of the video the audio swaps from the Original Version to a special version of the RJ Schoolyard Remix. When the camera zooms out again the audio swaps again to Original Version. Lopez used this version as a base of her live performances too.

The video received two nominations at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Female Video and Best Dance Video.

Chart performance

In the U.S., "Love Don't Cost a Thing" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of December 9, 2000 at a lofty number forty-six. Within three weeks, the single was on the top twenty, and most notably rose from number ten to number four the week of January 27, 2001, as airplay of the single maximized. Despite becoming the first of four number one Hot 100 Airplay hits for Lopez, "Love Don't Cost a Thing" peaked at number three for two consecutive weeks, unable to break the stride of stronger singles from Shaggy and Joe.

In Asia, the song topped the MTV Asia Hitlist for seven weeks, the longest stay at number one for a Lopez single. Since its debut, airplay increased rapidly, but fellow Latin artists Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera's duet "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" prevented the song for staying at the top spot for three weeks, by gaining more airplay. Thus, Lopez's single peaked at number two for three weeks, before descending the top twenty.

Track listings

U.S. CD single
  1. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (HQ2 Club Vocal Mix)
  2. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (Main Rap #1 featuring P. Diddy)
  3. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (RJ Schoolyard Mix featuring Fat Joe)
  4. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (Full Intention Club Mix)
  5. "Let's Get Loud" (Kung Pow Club Mix)
UK enhanced CD single
  1. "Love Don't Cost a Thing"
  2. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (Full Intention Club Mix)
  3. On the 6 Megamix ("If You Had My Love"/"Waiting for Tonight"/"Let's Get Loud")
  4. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (Video)
Australian CD single
  1. "Love Don't Cost a Thing"
  2. On the 6 Megamix ("If You Had My Love"/"Waiting for Tonight"/"Let's Get Loud")
  3. "Love Don't Cost a Thing" (RJ Schoolyard Mix featuring Fat Joe)



"Love Don't Cost a Thing"

Chart (2001) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[1] 4
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 11
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[1] 7
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[1] 2
Canadian Singles Chart[2] 1
Danish Singles Chart[1] 4
Dutch Top 40[3] 1
European Hot 100 Singles[4] 2
Finnish Singles Chart[1] 1
French Singles Chart[1] 5
German Singles Chart[5] 6
Chart (2001) Peak
Irish Singles Chart[6] 4
Italian Singles Chart[1] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[1] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[1] 3
Swedish Singles Chart[1] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[1] 2
UK Singles Chart[7] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[2] 40
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[2] 9


Country Certifier Certification Sales
Australia ARIA Platinum[8] 70,000
Switzerland IFPI Gold[9] 20,000
United Kingdom BPI Silver[10] 200,000

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Goodnight Moon" by Shivaree
Italian Singles Chart number-one single
January 12, 2001
Succeeded by
"Io sono Francesco" by Tricarico
Preceded by
"Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes
Finnish Singles Chart number-one single
January 13, 2001
Succeeded by
"Stan" by Eminem featuring Dido
Preceded by
"Touch Me" by Rui da Silva featuring Cassandra
UK Singles Chart number-one single
January 20, 2001
Succeeded by
"Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)" by Limp Bizkit
Preceded by
"Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
January 20, 2001 – January 27, 2001
Succeeded by
"Ms. Jackson" by OutKast
Preceded by
"Don't Tell Me" by Madonna
New Zealand Singles Chart number-one single
March 4, 2001 – March 11, 2001
Succeeded by
"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" by Ricky Martin and Christina Aguilera

"Amor Se Paga con Amor"

Chart (2001)[11] Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks 21
U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Airplay 8
U.S. Billboard Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay 3


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  4. ^ "European Top 20 Singles Chart – Week Commencing 5th February 2001" (PDF). Music & Media. Pandora Archive. Retrieved 2008-11-17.  
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  6. ^ "Irish Top 50 Singles, Week Ending 18 January 2001". Chart-Track. Retrieved 2008-10-11.  
  7. ^ "Chart Stats – Jennifer Lopez – Love Don't Cost A Thing". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2008-08-14.  
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 2009-04-19.  
  9. ^ "Swiss Certifications – Awards 2001". Retrieved 2009-04-19.  
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