I Can't Make You Love Me (5:33)

Cover of Luck Of The Draw

From Luck Of The Draw and 17 other releases

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” is a 1991 popular song, written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and recorded by Bonnie Raitt on her Luck of the Draw album from that year.

According to the I Can’t Make You Love Me Songfacts, Reid got the idea for the song from a newspaper article about a guy who got drunk and shot up his girlfriend’s car. When the judge sentenced him and asked him what he had learned, he said, “You can’t make a woman love you if she don’t.”

In August 2000, Mojo magazine voted “I Can’t Make You Love Me” #8 on its The 100 Greatest Songs Of All Time list.[1] The song is ranked #331 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


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  • psheffie

    So sad but a beautiful song beautifully sung. Superb Bonnie!

    28 Mar 5:27pm Reply
  • 3901

    The last time together; pretending everything's all right and holding on tightly, but knowing, this is the end. So painful and a little masochistic really. Also, they played this inside of the DMV cafeteria the day I received my driver license; such a strange correlation to have.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • supermediadave

    Still amazes me...an all time favorite.

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    george michael

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • supermediadave

    This song amazes me and puts me in a long ago place.

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • supermediadave

    Sad but very, very beautiful.

    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Sinmaltman

    I love this woman.

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • tygergurl72

    This song hits you right in the heart. No matter if you're a man or a woman, most of us have felt this.

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • tjhendrick

    Bonnie Rait has been one of the best from the very beginning of her career. Her songs are so moving.

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • abunono

    Not a beauty!

    11 Apr 2014 Reply
  • alanett

    Gracie lied this is Bonnie with Bruce Hornsby on piano

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Gracielied

    This song is so great. Very moving. However, this is not Bonnie Raitt singing. She sounds good, but not Bonnie Raitt.

    4 Feb 2014 Reply
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    31 Jan 2014 Reply
  • eyaj

    love this (woman) song....

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • BlueOclock

    Exquisitely beautiful and sad....

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MarcT1957

    I can't make you.......if you don't.......

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MarcT1957

    don't patronize......

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MarcT1957

    lay down with me, tell me no lies...

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MarcT1957

    how many times have each and every one of us sang this to ourselves......

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    super song sentimental gush love it.

    7 Sep 2013 Reply
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