I'm Not in Love

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About I'm Not in Love

"I'm Not in Love" is a song by English group 10cc, written by band members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman. It is known for its innovative and distinctive backing track, composed mostly of the band's multitracked vocals. Released in the UK in May 1975 as the second single from the band's third album The Original Soundtrack, it became the second of the group's three number-one singles in the UK between 1973 and 1978, topping the UK singles chart for two weeks. The song was also the band's breakthrough hit worldwide, reaching number one in Ireland and Canada and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, as well as reaching the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and several European countries. Written mostly by Stewart as a riposte to his wife's declaration that he did not tell her often enough that he loved her, "I'm Not in Love" was originally conceived as a bossa nova song played on guitars, but the other two members of the band, Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, disliked the track and it was abandoned. However, after hearing members of their staff continue to sing the melody around their studio, Stewart persuaded the group to give the song another chance, to which Godley replied that for the song to work it needed to be radically changed, and suggested that the band should try to create a new version using just voices. 


Year:
1982
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I'm not in love
So don't forget it
It's just a silly phase I'm going through
And just because
I call you up
Don't get me wrong, don't think you've got it made
I'm not in love, no no, it's because

I like to see you
But then again
That doesn't mean you mean that much to me
So if I call you
Don't make a fuss
Don't tell your friends about the two of us
I'm not in love, no no, it's because

I keep your picture
Upon the wall
It hides a nasty stain that's lying there
So don't you ask me
To give it back
I know you know it doesn't mean that much to me
I'm not in love, no no, it's because

Ooh you'll wait a long time for me
Ooh you'll wait a long time
Ooh you'll wait a long time for me
Ooh you'll wait a long time

I'm not in love
So don't forget it
It's just a silly phase I'm going through
And just because I call you up
Don't get me wrong, don't think you've got it made
I'm not in love
I'm not in love

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10cc

10cc are an English art rock band who achieved their greatest commercial success in the 1970s. The band initially consisted of four musicians—Graham Gouldman, Eric Stewart, Kevin Godley, and Lol Creme—who had written and recorded together for some three years, before assuming the "10cc" name in 1972. more »

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Written by: Eric Stewart, Graham Gouldman

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10 facts about this song

Genre
"I'm Not in Love" is categorized as soft rock. It combines pop music with elements of rock, creating a softer, mellier sound.
Creation
The song was written by band members Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman as a response to Stewart's wife saying that he didn't say "I love you" often enough.
Innovative Techniques
The song is famous for its innovative production, where the band layered multiple tracks of the vocal harmonies to create a ‘choir’ effect which was anything but conventional at the time.
Chart Dominance
After its release in 1975, "I'm Not In Love" quickly climbed the charts. It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, establishing 10cc as an international act.
Critical Reception
"I'm Not in Love" has been widely praised by critics. Many view it as a milestone in the pop music industry due to its pioneering techniques and emotional resonance. It won three Ivor Novello Awards in 1976.
Commercial Success
The song's commercial success has made it one of 10cc's signature songs. It has been used in several movies, commercials, and TV shows, expanding its recognition and popularity.
Longevity
Decades after its initial release, "I'm Not in Love" remains one of the most famous soft rock songs. Its innovative composition and relatable lyrics have granted it a timeless appeal.
Song Length
With a run time of over six minutes, "I'm Not in Love" is far longer than the typical pop single, demonstrating 10cc's progression of breaking conventions.
Cover Versions
The song's popularity has resulted in numerous cover versions by various artists including Richard Curtis, Donny Osmond, and Tori Amos, among others.
Counter-Argument
Although the lyrics of "I'm Not In Love" repeatedly deny the singer being in love, the emotional undertones suggest an opposite truth, a unique stance that has intrigued listeners till today.

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