Billboard #1 Hits: #508: ‘Endless Love’- Diana Ross and Lionel Richie. August 15, 1981. #1 for 9 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Endless Love’- Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
- Record Company- Motown
- Genre: Easy Listening
- Written by Lionel Richie
- Time: 4:24
- B-side: ‘Endless Love’ -instrumental
- Album-Endless Love Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
- Grade: C
- Peaked at #1 9 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #7 in UK Singles Chart. #1 in Australia, Canada, South Africa.
It doesn’t surprise me that ‘Endless Love’ went to #1- Lionel Richie was at his peak as a songwriter- and at his commercial peak at this period- but #1 for 9 weeks? There never seemed to me to be anything special about this song- easy listening- Lionel certainly wrote dozens of better songs. He could have wrote this in his sleep. Of course “You Light Up My Life’ was #1 for 10 weeks a few years earlier-and ‘Endless Love’ is a lot better than that. One of the big hits of the year- three singles were #1 for a total of 28 weeks in 1981- ‘Bette Davis Eyes’- one of the best singles of the year 9 weeks, “Endless Love’ 9 weeks and Olivia Newton-John’s biggest hit- Physical’ closed out the year with 10 weeks at the top.