Endless Love

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About Endless Love

"Endless Love" is a song written by Lionel Richie and originally recorded as a duet between Richie and fellow R&B singer Diana Ross. In this ballad, the singers declare their "endless love" for one another. It was covered by R&B singer Luther Vandross with fellow R&B singer Mariah Carey and also by country music singer Shania Twain. Richie's friend (and sometimes co-worker) Kenny Rogers has also recorded the song. Billboard has named the original version as the greatest song duet of all-time.  


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My love, there's only you in my life
The only thing that's right

My first love,
You're every breath that I take
You're every step I make

And I, I
I want to share
All my love with you
No one else will do

And your eyes
Your eyes, your eyes
They tell me how much you care
Ooh yes, you will always be
My endless love

Two hearts, two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun

Forever (oh) I'll hold you close in my arms
I can't resist your charms

And love oh, love
I'll be a fool for you I'm sure
You know I don't mind
Oh, you know I don't mind

'Cause you,
You mean the world to me
Oh I know
I've found in you
My endless love

Oh, and love oh, love
I'll be that fool for you I'm sure
You know I don't mind
Oh you know, I don't mind

And, yes you'll be the only one
'Cause no one can deny
This love I have inside
And I'll give it all to you
My love, my love, my love
My endless love

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Lionel Richie

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. From 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit "Truly". more »

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Written by: Lionel B. Richie, Jr.

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8 facts about this song

Creation & Release
"Endless Love" is a song written by Lionel Richie and originally recorded as a duet between Richie and fellow soul singer Diana Ross. - The song was recorded in 1981 and released through Motown Records.
Chart Performance
"Endless Love" is considered among the greatest duets of all time and it was a Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit for nine consecutive weeks upon its release in 1981. - It also topped the Billboard R&B chart and the Adult Contemporary chart.
The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1982 but lost to "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Arthur. - It was also nominated for a Golden Globe in the same year for Best Original Song.
Movie Connection
"Endless Love" was originally recorded for the featured film of the same name starring Brooke Shields. It played at the end credits of the movie. - The theme of the song echoed the love story portrayed in the film.
Covers & Renditions
In 1981, country music artist Kenny Rogers covered the song on his album "Share Your Love," which was produced by Lionel Richie. - The song has been covered by numerous other artists and has been used in a number of TV shows and movies since its original release.
Diana Ross's Impact
This song became Diana Ross's 18th number one hit and her most successful single to date. - Ross sang the female part of the duet, and her soulful voice contributed significantly to the song's success.
Lionel Richie's Contribution
The song's writer, Lionel Richie, has described "Endless Love" as one of his favorites amongst all songs he's written. - It was one of the first major hits Richie wrote after leaving his band, the Commodores, to pursue a solo career.
Cultural Impact
Over the years, "Endless Love" has been recognized as one of the most romantic songs ever recorded. - The song's duet format and sentimental lyrics have also made it a popular wedding song.

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