Love Will Lead You Back (4:24)

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“Love Will Lead You Back” is a song performed by Taylor Dayne. Released as the second single from Dayne’s second album Can’t Fight Fate (following the more uptempo “With Every Beat of My Heart”), the ballad debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on January 27, 1990. It reached number one on April 7 that same year and spent 15 weeks in the Top 40. It also reached number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and was certified Gold in the U.S. by the RIAA. The song also charted in Australian Singles Chart at number 11, Canadian Singles Chart at number 2, French Singles Chart at number 9, Japanese Singles Chart (Tokyo) at number 3, New Zealand Singles Chart at number 28, Polish Singles Chart at number 41 and the UK Singles Chart at number 69.

The song, written by Diane Warren, is about a woman who is willing to set her lover free because she is confident that one day his love will lead him back to her: “Sometimes it takes some time out on your own now / to find your way back home”. Warren has stated that she began writing the song while in a hotel in Russia, and that she had originally intended the song to be offered to R&B singer Whitney Houston, but Arista Records president Clive Davis wanted to let Dayne record the song. It became Dayne’s only number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

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