When You Love a Woman

"When You Love a Woman" is a song by American rock band Journey. It is the third track from their 1996 album Trial by Fire and was released as the lead single from that album in July 1996.

"When You Love a Woman"
When You Love a Woman cover.jpg
Single by Journey
from the album Trial by Fire
B-side
  • "Message of Love"
  • "Open Arms"
ReleasedJuly 10, 1996
FormatCD
Recorded1996
Length4:08
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain
Producer(s)Kevin Shirley
Journey singles chronology
"Lights (Live)"
(1993)
"When You Love a Woman"
(1996)
"Message of Love"
(1996)

The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart, where it stayed for four weeks in December 1996, and it remains Journey's highest charting adult contemporary single. It reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and finished the year as the 57th best-selling single of 1997 in the US. In Canada the song peaked at number three on the RPM Top Singles chart and number one on the RPM Adult Contemporary chart.

"When You Love a Woman" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.[1]

Music videoEdit

The music video features the band playing in what appears to be an empty recording studio. The video, directed by Wayne Isham,[2] was shot inside the (film) Scoring Stage at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA.[citation needed] This was one of the last performances with Steve Perry as vocalist. In the video, Neal Schon plays a white Tom Anderson guitar.

ChartsEdit

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 3
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[4] 1
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[5] 24
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 78
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 12
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 3
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 9

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[11] 81
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[12] 23
Chart (1997) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 63
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[14] 10
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 57

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 404.
  2. ^ MVDBase.com
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9720." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9888." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  5. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (23.1. '97 – 29.1. '97)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). January 24, 1997. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Journey – When You Love a Woman". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Journey Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Journey Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Journey Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "Journey Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "RPM Year End Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "RPM Year End Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "RPM '97 Year End Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "RPM '97 Year End Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1997". Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Journey – When You Love a Woman". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 11, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

See alsoEdit

List of Billboard Adult Contemporary number ones of 1996

External linksEdit