Be My Lover (La Bouche song)

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"Be My Lover"
Be My Lover (La Bouche single - cover art).jpg
Single by La Bouche
from the album Sweet Dreams
B-side "Do You Still Need Me"
Released March 3, 1995
Format 12" Single
CD Single
CD Maxi
Recorded September 1994
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:44
Label Arista Records
RCA Records
Songwriter(s) Melanie Thornton
Uli Brenner
Gerd Amir Saraf
Lane McCray
Producer(s) Frank Farian
Uli Brenner
Gerd Amir Saraf
La Bouche singles chronology
"Sweet Dreams"
"Be My Lover"
"Fallin' in Love"
"Sweet Dreams"
"Be My Lover"
"Fallin' in Love"
Music video
"Be My Lover" on YouTube

"Be My Lover" is a song recorded by German-American Eurodance group La Bouche. It was released in March 1995 as the second single from their album, Sweet Dreams.

About the song[edit]

It is one of their biggest hits, alongside "Sweet Dreams". This song was dubbed into many megamix tracks and has had remix versions. It reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also topped the American dance chart for two weeks in December 1995 and hit number one in Germany and Sweden.

La Bouche in the European music video of "Be My Lover".

Two different music videos were made for this song, the first (European version), which was filmed in the city in night, features Melanie Thornton in a black outfit singing while driving a car, and the second (American version), filmed in studio, features her singing into a microphone, wearing purple.


The song is written in the key of C minor and follows a tempo of 134 beats per minute. It follows a basic chord progression of Cm–A–B, and the vocals span from G3 to F5.[1]

Usage in media[edit]

The song was played in the 1995 Brazilian soap opera A Próxima Vítima, in the 1997 movie Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, in the 1998 movie A Night at the Roxbury, in the 1999 movie Earthly Possessions, in an episode of the sitcom Step by Step. It was also spoofed as "One Zero 001" on a computer-themed episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy and used in Audition Online Dance Battle as a song. It can be vaguely heard in the background in the "World's Greatest Dick" episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun, in the gay bar that Sally and Harry walk into at the beginning of the episode.

In 2000, when Melanie Thornton left the group to start with her solo career, La Bouche released a new version of "Be My Lover" with Natascha Wright vocals (who replaced Melanie Thornton as the female singer of the group).

In 2003, the song was covered by Hysterie. In 2013, Romanian dance pop singer Inna sampled the song for her third studio album Party Never Ends and released it as an official single.

In 2017, the Dutch DJ and producer Sam Feldt made a cover of this track with Alex Schulz.

Track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Be My Lover".[2]

CD maxi 1
  1. "Be My Lover" (radio edit) – 3:58
  2. "Be My Lover" (club mix 135 BPM) – 5:28
  3. "Be My Lover" (trance mix 150 BPM) – 6:35
  4. "Do You Still Need Me" – 3:35
CD maxi – U.S.
  1. "Be My Lover" (club mix) – 6:26
  2. "Be My Lover" (Spike club mix) – 8:54
  3. "Be My Lover" (Hi-NRG mix) – 5:46
  4. "Be My Lover" (Alex goes to Cleveland mix) – 5:06
  5. "Be My Lover" (Doug Laurent classic mix edit) – 4:07
12" maxi – U.S., UK, Ireland
  1. "Be My Lover" (Spike club mix) – 8:54
  2. "Be My Lover" (club mix) – 6:26
  3. "Be My Lover" (Spike dub) – 8:21
  4. "Be My Lover" (Hi-NRG mix) – 5:46
12" maxi – Europe
  1. "Be My Lover" (club mix) – 5:28
  2. "Be My Lover" (house mix) – 4:26
  3. "Be My Lover" (trance mix) – 6:35
  4. "Be My Lover" (radio edit) – 3:59
CD maxi – Remixes
  1. "Be My Lover" (euro dance mix) – 6:12
  2. "Be My Lover" (Hi-NRG mix) – 5:47
  3. "Be My Lover" (serious groove dub mix) – 5:41
  4. "Be My Lover" (Alex goes to Cleveland mix) – 5:05
  5. "Be My Lover" (Doug Laurent classic mix – edit) – 4:10
  6. "Be My Lover" (trance mix) – 7:12
  7. "Be My Lover" (house mix) – 4:51
CD single / Cassette
  1. "Be My Lover" (radio edit) – 3:58
  2. "Be My Lover" (trance mix) – 6:35 (Germany only)
  3. "Be My Lover" (house mix) – 4:49 (France only)
  4. "Be My Lover" (radio edit 2) – 3:58 (U.S. only)

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Back for Good" by Take That
German number-one single
May 26, 1995 – June 16, 1995 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mief!" by Die Doofen
Preceded by
"Se på mej" by Johansen
Swedish number-one single
May 26, 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"'74–'75" by The Connells
Preceded by
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Nicki French
Canadian RPM Dance Chart number-one single
August 21, 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)" by Scatman John
Preceded by
"Reach" by Lil' Mo' Yin Yang
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
December 23, 1995 – December 30, 1995 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Beautiful Life" by Ace of Base


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