(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me

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"(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me"
Paula Abdul - (It's Just) The Way That You Love Me.jpg
Single by Paula Abdul
from the album Forever Your Girl
Released August 2, 1988
September 15, 1989 (re-release)
Recorded October 1987[1]
Length 5:21
4:01 (single version)
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Oliver Leiber
Producer(s) Oliver Leiber
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Knocked Out"
"(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me"
"Straight Up"

"(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me" is a 1988 Pop single by American singer Paula Abdul taken from her debut album Forever Your Girl. It was written and produced by Oliver Leiber.


The song is performed in the key of D minor with a tempo of 120 beats per minute. Abdul's vocals span from A3 to D5.[2][3]

Song information[edit]

In June 1988, Forever Your Girl was released, along with the follow-up single "The Way That You Love Me". Virgin and Abdul's producers felt that it was necessary to remix the song for its single release, hence the addition of (It's Just) to the song's title; also, Karyn White's "The Way You Love Me" was out at this time, thus helping to avoid confusion among consumers. The song failed to attract much attention, despite its dance-pop remix, and it further alienated the small R&B fan base that "Knocked Out" had generated. The song stalled at #88 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the UK, "The Way That You Love Me" was also Abdul's second single release, following "Knocked Out" in 1988, it failed to chart in the Top 100, although after the success of "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl" and the re-release of "Knocked Out" in 1989, this song was also rereleased but it was not a success. It charted at #86 on 25 November 1989, going on to peak at #74 the following week, becoming Abdul's least successful single in the UK.

In the autumn of 1989 in the US, "The Way That You Love Me" was rereleased in its original edit, this time, it became a huge success, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 2, 1989, blocked from the top by Milli Vanilli's "Blame It on the Rain". It was subsequently included as the demonstration song on several Casio keyboards (e.g. CT-670 ToneBank Keyboard).

Music video[edit]

The song's video was Abdul's first with director David Fincher in July 1988, who would later direct her most successful videos, it consisted of Abdul dancing and singing with male dancers at a photo shoot, while expensive product shots were flashed in and out. It also featured Abdul's first tap dancing sequence, which she would use again in her videos for "Straight Up", "Opposites Attract", and "Forever Your Girl".

A new video was made in August 1989 with the same director and theme for the single's rerelease, it consisted of less dancing and more interaction between Abdul and her material world.

Track listings and formats[edit]

US 12"

  1. "The Way That You Love Me" (12" remix)
  2. "The Way That You Love Me" (7" dub)
  3. "The Way That You Love Me" (Houseafire mix)

US cassette

  1. "The Way That You Love Me" (7" Radio edit)
  2. "The Way That You Love Me" (7" dub)

US promo/Euro 5"/3" CD singles

  1. "The Way That You Love Me" (7" Radio edit)
  2. "The Way That You Love Me" (12" remix)
  3. "The Way That You Love Me" (7" dub)
  4. "The Way That You Love Me" (Houseafire mix; on the Euro 3" single, this mix is faded early, at 2:53)

Official mixes[edit]

  • Album version – 5:21
  • LP edit – 4:02 (re-released in 1989 used on Version 2 of video)
  • 7" radio edit – 4:07
  • Single mix – 4:00 (Shorter version of 7", omits spoken part)
  • 12" extended remix – 6:55
  • 7" dub – 5:11
  • Houseafire Mix – 6:35
  • Housefire Edit – 4:42
  • Housefire Short Edit – 2:53
  • UK Remix – 5:44
  • 7" Dance Edit – 5:03



  1. ^ Oliver Leiber : Songwriter Interviews
  2. ^ The Way That You Love Me, 1988-06-29, retrieved 2017-10-13 
  3. ^ Leiber, Oliver. "Paula Abdul "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me" Sheet Music in D Minor - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2017-10-13. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  5. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 51, No. 8, December 23, 1989". RPM. December 23, 1999. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Archived from the original on 2010-01-17. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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