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"Love You Down"
Single by Ready for the World
from the album Long Time Coming
B-side "Human Toy"
Released 1986
Genre Slow jam, Pop
Length 3:58 (single version)
6:29 (album version)
Label MCA
Writer(s) Melvin Riley
Producer Gary Spaniola
Ready for the World singles chronology
"Ceramic Girl"
"Love You Down"
"Mary Goes Round"
"Love You Down"
Single by INOJ
from the album Ready for the World
B-side "Freak It"
Released 1997
Genre Contemporary R&B, Pop
Length 4:18
Label So So Def
Writer(s) Melvin Riley
Producer Charles Roane
INOJ singles chronology
"Love You Down"
"Time After Time"

"Love You Down" is the title of an R&B song written by Melvin Riley. Riley's former band, Ready for the World, originally recorded the song in 1986 and released it as the lead single from their second album, Long Time Coming. A slow jam, "Love You Down" was a hit on the Billboard pop and R&B charts, spending two weeks atop the R&B chart in December 1986 and peaking at #9 on the pop chart in early 1987.[1] This was Ready for the World's second R&B chart-topper, following the success of "Oh Sheila" in 1985. It also reached #24 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[2] The song charted in the United Kingdom at #60 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] The song has been covered by artists such as R&B singer INOJ and neo soul musician Me'shell Ndegeocello.


INOJ version

Female R&B vocalist INOJ recorded a cover version of "Love You Down" in 1997 with the assistance of producer Charles Roane. Featuring a faster beat and more percussion than the original version, INOJ's cover reached #25 on the Billboard pop chart in early 1998.[4] Both "Love You Down" and INOJ's top 10 cover of the Cyndi Lauper hit, "Time After Time", can be found on her debut album, incidentally titled Ready for the World, which was released on So So Def Recordings.

See also

External links


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 520.
  2. ^ Billboard AC chart position from Retrieved 02-16-09.
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart data from Retrieved 02.16.09.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 303.
Preceded by
"Tasty Love" by Freddie Jackson
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single (Ready for the World version)
December 13, 1986 – December 20, 1986
Succeeded by
"Girlfriend" by Bobby Brown


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