The Love You Save (3:04)

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“The Love You Save” is a 1970 number-one hit single recorded by The Jackson 5 for the Motown label. It held the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks, from June 27 to July 4, 1970, replacing “The Long and Winding Road” by The Beatles, and replaced by “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” by Three Dog Night. It is the third of four Jackson 5 number-ones released in a row (the others are “I Want You Back”, “ABC”, and “I’ll Be There”). “The Love You Save” also features side vocals of Jackie Jackson singing along-side Michael in the final “Stop! The love you save may be your own.” besides Marlon and Tito.

While “The Love You Save” is the least-known of the four Jackson 5 number-ones, it has one of the most distinctive melodies and is the most musically complex of the four singles. The song’s lyrics feature Michael and Jermaine Jackson warning a “fast” girl to slow down and “stop!” because “the love you save may be your own!”

The opening exclamation of “stop” and the footstomps that complement the rhythm during the latter part of the song are allusions to the 1965 number-one Motown single by The Supremes, “Stop! In the Name of Love”. The Jackson 5 essentially replaced The Supremes as Motown’s main focus in the early 1970s, although Diana Ross, who left the group for a solo career not long before the release of this single, was publicized as having discovered the Jackson 5.

Like most of the other early Jackson 5 hits, “The Love You Save” was written and produced by The Corporation, a team composed of Motown chief Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, and Deke Richards and recorded in Los Angeles, California, away from the old Motown studio at Hitsville USA in Detroit, Michigan.


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