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"Woman in Love" is a song performed by Barbra Streisand and taken from her 1980 album, Guilty. The song was written by Barry and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, who received the 1980 Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[2] It is her fourth of four Platinum records, and is considered her greatest international hit.[3]

"Woman in Love"
Barbra Streisand Woman In Love.jpg
Single by Barbra Streisand, Barry Gibb
from the album Guilty
B-side"Run Wild"
ReleasedAugust 16, 1980
RecordedFebruary 1980
StudioMiddle Ear
(Miami Beach, Florida)
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"Kiss Me in the Rain"
"Woman in Love"

After the success enjoyed by the Bee Gees in the late 1970s, the band was asked to participate in musical endeavors for other artists, and Streisand asked Barry Gibb to write an album for her.[4] This album ultimately became Guilty. "Woman in Love", as the lead single, became one of the most successful songs of Streisand's music career. It reached the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Streisand's fifth (and last to date) number one hit on that chart. It replaced Queen's big-selling hit "Another One Bites the Dust", spent three weeks at number one, and was itself replaced by "Lady" by country singer Kenny Rogers. It also spent five weeks atop the adult contemporary chart, her sixth number one on that tally.[5] The song also proved very popular internationally, reaching number one in many countries, including in the UK Singles Chart.[6] The song sold more than 2.5 millions till December 1981, according to Billboard.[7] The lyrics refer to Streisand's eternal devotion to her lover. No matter the obstacles they face, they will always be in love with one another.

Streisand has openly stated that she does not like "Woman in Love" because she doesn't believe in the meaning of the lyrics. She has rarely performed the song live; she did, however, sing it on a couple of dates on her 2013 European tour and the Barbra: The Music, The Mem'ries, The Magic.[citation needed]


Music videoEdit

The music video for the song included clips from A Star Is Born, starring Streisand and Kris Kristofferson and other movies she made in the 1970s.

Track listingEdit

Side Title Length
A "Woman in Love" 3:48
B "Run Wild" 4:05


Charts and salesEdit

Liz McClarnon versionEdit

"Woman in Love"
Single by Liz McClarnon
A-side"I Get the Sweetest Feeling"
B-side"Woman in Love" remixes
ReleasedFebruary 13, 2006
FormatCD single
LabelAll Around the World
Songwriter(s)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s)Robin Gibb, Graham Stack

Atomic Kitten member Liz McClarnon covered "Woman in Love" after the band's split in 2005. Produced by original songwriter Robin Gibb—whom McClarnon accompanied on his 2005 tour—the cover was released in February 2006 as McClarnon's debut solo single. In the United Kingdom, the song was released as a double A-side with a cover of Jackie Wilson's 1968 hit "I Get the Sweetest Feeling". The double A-side peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart on February 19, 2006, staying in the top 100 for six weeks. Elsewhere, "Woman in Love" reached number 21 in Ireland and became a minor hit in Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

McClarnon would go on to record another song entitled "Lately", but the track was not released as a single.

Track listingsEdit

CD single

  1. "Woman in Love" (Radio Edit) – 3:32
  2. "Woman in Love" (Dancing DJs Remix) – 6:12
  3. "Woman in Love" (K-Klub Remix) – 5:52
  4. "Woman in Love" (Soul Seekerz Dub) – 6:08

UK CD single

  1. "Woman in Love" – 3:35
  2. "I Get the Sweetest Feeling" – 2:54


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2006) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[36] 77
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[37] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[38] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[39] 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[40] 77
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[41]
with "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[42]
with "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2006) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[43] 221

Barry Gibb versionEdit

"Woman in Love"
Song by Barry Gibb
from the album The Guilty Demos
ReleasedNovember 2006
FormatDigital download
RecordedOctober 1979
Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
Songwriter(s)Barry & Robin Gibb
Producer(s)Barry Gibb

"Woman in Love" is the first demo Barry Gibb recorded for Barbra Streisand's album Guilty. This composition by the Gibb brothers Barry and Robin would become the album's very successful first single.[44] And it was due to this demo that Barry Gibb became the first male artist to sing the song, though it was originally recorded for Streisand alone in order for her to sing the song for her album.


Other versionsEdit

The French singer Mireille Mathieu did her own cover, but titled Une Femme Amoureuse. The Bulgarian singer Lili Ivanova recorded an original English version especially for a show program that aired on Channel One of Central Television in USSR in 1980. A Russian version of this song was also recorded by Soviet band "Здравствуй, песня!" ("Zdravstviy, pesnya!" - "Hello, song!") in 1982 by the name "Просто я такая женщина" ("Prosto ya takaya zhenshchina" - "I'm just such a woman").[45]

British vocalist Rebekah Ryan released a version of the track as a single in 1997, on MCA records.

British indie rock band The Bluetones released their cover as a B-side to the 2002 single After Hours.

"Woman in Love" was covered by CoCo Lee in 1995, Dana International in 1999,[46] S.H.E in 2002 and Young Divas in 2006.

In 2011, the Moroccan singer Sofia Marikh recorded an Arabic version of the song تهواك Tahwak (she adores you).[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


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