Love, Need and Want You

"Love, Need and Want You" is a song recorded by American singer Patti LaBelle from her sixth studio album, I'm in Love Again (1983). The mid-tempo R&B song was written and produced for LaBelle by Bunny Sigler and Kenny Gamble, and was released in 1984 as the album's second single. Following the success of her breakthrough R&B hit, "If Only You Knew", the song peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard R&B chart. Like "If Only You Knew", the song features LaBelle singing the song at her mid-range whereas in previous songs prior to 1983, LaBelle mostly sang in a straightforward soprano voice.

"Love, Need and Want You"
Single by Patti LaBelle
from the album I'm in Love Again
B-side"I'm in Love Again"
StudioSigma Sound, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Genreurban contemporary, soul
  • 3:40 (single edit)
  • 5:00 (album)
LabelPhiladelphia International
Patti LaBelle singles chronology
"Love Has Finally Come at Last"
"Love, Need and Want You"
"It Takes a Lot of Strength to Say Goodbye"

Covers and samplesEdit

"Love, Need and Want You" was first sampled by rapper Flesh-n-Bone for his hit "World So Cruel" (from the 1996 album T.H.U.G.S.), which featured rapper Rev. Run of the legendary hip-hop group Run-DMC. It was famously interpolated by rap singer Nelly and R&B singer Kelly Rowland (formerly of Destiny's Child) on their Grammy-winning hit, "Dilemma". Big Boi of the group Outkast released the hit song, "Ghettomusick" from the Outkast album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, and parts of the song sampled "Love, Need and Want You". A re-recorded version and a video of the song would feature LaBelle, who was also in the video to "Dilemma" as Rowland's mother. R&B singer Lloyd sampled it for his hit song, "Lay It Down". Responding to its success, Patti LaBelle was called to add in vocals for a remixed version of the song, released as "Lay It Down II: A Tribute to the Legends", which was dedicated to the late Teena Marie and a then-ailing Aretha Franklin. Singer Jaguar Wright covered the song for her debut album, Denials, Delusions and Decisions. In 2015, Ciara sampled the song on her album track "Lullaby" taken from her album Jackie.


Chart (1983) Peak
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[1] 10



  1. ^ Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart - Billboard, Billboard, May 19, 1984, retrieved May 24, 2018