“You’re In Love”

’90s No. 1s Revisited: “You’re In Love”

The thirty-sixth No. 1 song of the 1990s was “You’re In Love” by Wilson Phillips. This track was the fourth single released off the trio’s self-titled debut album, and their third No. 1 hit. The first two singles, “Hold On” and “Release Me,” reached the apex of the Billboard Hot 100, while the third, “Impulsive,” peaked at No. 4. Following the success of “You’re In Love,” Wilson Phillips would send their fifth and final release from that CD to No. 12, “The Dream Is Still Alive.” This string of hits helped the album go platinum five times over in the U.S. Wilson Phillips would never have another No. 1 hit after “You’re In Love.” Their most recent appearances on the Hot 100 were the first two singles off their second album, Shadows And Light —  “You Won’t See Me Cry” and “Give It Up,” which reached Nos. 20 and 30 respectively in 1992.

“You’re In Love” talks about accepting that an ex has moved on. In that sense, it’s the mirror image of “Release Me,” and musically the two songs are counterparts. “You’re In Love” is a catchy, mid-tempo pop song constructed by the book.

Let’s take a listen to “You’re In Love”:

As mentioned when we revisited “Release Me,” Wilson Phillips is so associated with “Hold On,” their signature song, that successes like “You’re In Love” get very much buried in history. Many people under the age of 30 don’t even know Wilson Phillips had more than one song, if they’re even aware of the group at all. That’s too bad, because even though “Hold On” is great, Wilson Phillips had a lot more to offer, “You’re In Love” included.

The success of “You’re In Love” helped cement the group’s status as one of the most popular and successful acts to emerge in the early ’90s. It spanned age brackets in its popularity, as did the rest of the group’s output, and was widely regarded as high-quality music.

Does it hold up? This song is no different from Wilson Phillips’ other No. 1 hits in that it does hold up, but only if this type of music is your taste. Their soft-rock, three-part-harmony sound was somewhat distinct to them, and not popular today. That said, good songs have an everlasting quality.

Dopeness: 4 out of 5 Birkenstocks


Wilson Phillips
“You’re In Love”
1 week at No. 1, starting April 20, 1991
Preceded by: “I’ve Been Thinking About You,” Londonbeat
Followed by: “Baby Baby,” Amy Grant

’90s No. 1s Revisited is a regular feature on “Was It Dope?” where we walk through every No. 1 song of the 1990s on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in order, give it another listen, and answer two critical questions: Was it dope? And does it hold up?

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