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"Part-Time Lover"
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album In Square Circle
Released October, 1985
Recorded Sepetmber 1985
Genre Pop
Length 3:43
Label Motown
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"Don't Drive Drunk"
"Part-Time Lover"
"That's What Friends Are For"
In Square Circle track listing
"Part-Time Lover"
"I Love You Too Much"

"Part-Time Lover" is a 1985 single by Stevie Wonder, from his album In Square Circle. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B, dance and adult contemporary charts. The song's simultaneous chart success made him the first artist to score a number-one hit on four different Billboard charts. The song also reached number three on the UK singles chart. The song also featured R&B crooner Luther Vandross humming at the end of Stevie's verses and on backing vocals. Stevie Wonder earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1986, for the song. Wonder is noted in the liner notes of the 4-CD set "Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection Volume 2 1972-1992" as describing the music for the song as an ode to "You Can't Hurry Love" and "My World Is Empty Without You," both by The Supremes, former Motown label mates of Wonder.



The bassline and humming was sampled for 2Pac's "Part-time Mutha".

Music video

Cover versions


  • Backing Vocals - Billy Durham, Darryl Phinnessee, Keith John, Melody McCully, Peter Byrne, Philip Bailey, Renee Hardaway, Syreeta Wright


Preceded by
"Saving All My Love for You" by Whitney Houston
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
November 2, 1985
Succeeded by
"Miami Vice Theme" by Jan Hammer
Preceded by
"You Are My Lady" by Freddie Jackson
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
October 19, 1985 - November 23, 1985 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Caravan of Love" by Isley Jasper Isley
Preceded by
"You & Me" by The Flirts
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
November 16, 1985
Succeeded by
"Who's Zoomin' Who" by Aretha Franklin




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