44. Minnie Riperton

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44.  Minnie Riperton

Loving You
Highest Billboard Position:
#1 in 1975


Can you be completely impressed, yet disturbed at the same time?  We ask this rhetorical question when listening to Minnie Riperton’s lone number one hit, “Loving You”.  If you have heard it, you have to be impressed with Riperton’s seemingly 1,000 octave range, yet somewhat befuddled by the high pitches she can perform.  Her song is an ode to love of her child and though the sentiment is strong, we are sure that it is the sappiest song ever heard on the AM dial.  Along with Riperton’s high register notes was the use of chirping birds, basically making this the first lullaby to hit number one.  This song has essentially become the anthem for female stalkers (who misunderstood the lyrics) singing this song to scared men.  Yes we know the intention of this song is very sweet, but frankly it makes us want to throw up.

How awful is Loving You?

I totally agree, Loving You is god awful! - 36.8%
Loving You is bad, but there is much worse. - 5.3%
Loving You is actually a guilty pleasure. - 5.3%
No opinion. - 0%
You are nuts, Loving You is amazing. - 52.6%
Last modified on Monday, 21 November 2016 20:29
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0 #8 Ashada 2020-09-11 20:03
I find this whole thing really insulting. I get that that is your opinion but how dare you slander Minnie'a song like that , youre the one that is making yourself wanna throw up. I find nothing wrong with the song, its one of the sweetest ive ever heard. Whether if the song was for Maya or not its still beautiful . So have a some respect when it comes to Minnie. If you have nothing nice to say then i strongly suggest you say nothing ill about her or her music because she never did that to anybody and she is not even alive to defend herself. The nerve of some people . Smdg
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+1 #7 Mellissa Lynn 2015-07-09 13:30
Did anyone see the Mother's Day episode of SNL where Maya Rudolph offered the video of this song being played? Minnie Riperton is her mother...
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-1 #6 Patrick 2013-03-22 01:58
I disagree loving you is a great song performed by a courages woman who died from cancer at 31 show her some respect give her the benefit of the doubt loving you is not that bad compared to garbage now it's a great song minnie is great why would anyone pick on a woman especially a cancer victim leave loving you along
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-1 #5 white boy Hatcher 2013-03-21 00:49
Minnie Riperton was a great artist lovin you is phenominal song stop picking on her let her have her 1 hit please can you let us fans have this memory of her let me see you perform while having terminal cancer pick on how horrible rihanna is not Minnie
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-1 #4 Minnie fan Sean 2013-03-09 22:02
This song is amazing and so is minnie stop disrespectin g her this is a brave woman that battled breast cancer until the end and also recorded an album and performed also this song is unique so let her rest in peace she's an inspiration to many not many people had hits durring the disco era that were not disco she did get over it
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+6 #3 Mr Interpretation 2012-11-08 07:42
"Her song is an ode to love of her child" Uh, I don't know where this interpretati on comes from, even if that's a direct quote from Minnie herself it doesn't quite jive with "makin love with you is all I want to do" or "and every time that we Ooooooo.. I'm more in love with you". If she's singing about her kid, that's pretty ooogie. I'm thinking the stalkers are interpreting this song correctly.
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0 #2 Darryl Tahirali 2012-07-18 19:04
Well, to paraphrase Voltaire, the only thing we owe the dead is the truth, so the fact that Ripperton is dead shouldn't matter. (She did die very young, from cancer, and that is sad.)

However, I do agree with you, Musicologist . This is not Top-100-Wors t material. There was certainly more dire '70s AM material than this--Harry Chapin's "Cat's in the Cradle" (now, that's sappy) and Mary MacGregor's "Torn between Two Lovers" come to mind immediately . . .
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0 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
I can see the argument, but I think it's a pretty song, and Minnie sings it beautifully. And in case you've forgotten, she's dead. Don't be so mean... :-)
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