About The Song
According to BMI music publishing, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” was played on American radio and television more times than any other song in the 20th century. It got over 8 million plays from the time it was released until 2000. Note that this includes all versions of the song, not just The Righteous Brothers’.
The husband-and-wife songwriting team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil wrote this song at the request of Phil Spector, who was looking for a hit for an act he had just signed to his Philles label: The Righteous Brothers.
The title “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” was just a placeholder until they could think of something better, but Spector thought it was great so they went with it. With most of the song written, Mann and Weil completed the song at Spector’s house, where Phil worked with them to compose the famous bridge (“Baaaby… I need your love…”).
The song was the first Righteous Brothers release on Philles, and it shot to #1, giving both the duo and the songwriting team of Mann & Weil their first #1 hit.
Phil Spector produced this song using his famous “Wall of Sound” recording technique.
Various music writers have described the Righteous Brothers version as “one of the best records ever made” and “the ultimate pop record”.
You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lipsAnd there’s no tenderness like before in your fingertips You’re trying hard not to show it But baby, baby I know itYou lost that lovin’ feelin’Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’ You lost that lovin’ feelin’ Now it’s gone, gone, gone, whoa-ohNow there’s no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for youAnd now you’re starting to criticize little things I do It makes me just feel like crying ‘Cause baby, something beautiful’s dyin’You lost that lovin’ feelin’Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’ You lost that lovin’ feelin’ Now it’s gone, gone, gone, whoa-ohBaby, baby, I’d get down on my knees for youIf you would only love me like you used to do, yeah We had a love, a love, a love you don’t find everyday So don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t let it slip awayBaby, baby, baby, babyI beg you please, please, please, please I need your love, need your love I need your love, I need your love So bring it on back, so bring it on back Bring it on back, bring it on backBring back that lovin’ feelin’Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’ Bring back that lovin’ feelin’ ‘Cause it’s gone, gone, gone And I can’t go on, whoa-ohBring back that lovin’ feelin’Whoa, that lovin’ feelin’ Bring back that lovin’ feelin’ ‘Cause it’s gone, gone, gone