You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (3:43)

Cover of Unchained Melody

From Unchained Melody and 210 other releases

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” is a 1965 number-one hit single in the US and the UK by The Righteous Brothers. In 1999, the performing-rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) announced that it was the most-played song of the 20th century. Additionally, the song was chosen as one of the Songs of the Century by RIAA.

Written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil, the song is one of the foremost examples of producer Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” technique. Recorded in Studio A of the famed Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, it features lead vocals by Bill Medley.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Medley recalled, “We had no idea if it would be a hit. It was too slow, too long, and right in the middle of The Beatles and the British Invasion.” Indeed, the song ran for nearly four minutes when released. This was much too long by contemporary AM standards, but Spector refused to cut it shorter. On the label where the time is indicated, he had “3:05” printed, instead of the track’s actual running time of 3:45. He also added a false ending. Upon being played the finished record over the phone, co-writer Barry Mann told Spector, “Phil, you have it on the wrong speed!”

By mid-February 1965, “Lovin’ Feelin’” was No. 1 in both the US and the UK. It the only song to enter the UK Top 10 three different times — first with the initial charting in 1965, and again when it was re-released in 1969 and 1990. The song was #34 on the list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone.

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