About The Song

“Baby I Need Your Loving” is a soulful R&B song recorded by the legendary vocal group the Four Tops. Released in 1964, the song became one of the group’s early hits and helped establish them as one of Motown Records’ most successful acts.

Written by Motown’s renowned songwriting team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, “Baby I Need Your Loving” features a captivating melody, smooth harmonies, and heartfelt lyrics. The song’s narrator expresses his longing and dependence on his romantic partner, pleading for her love and affection to fill the void in his life.

The Four Tops’ impeccable vocal performances, led by the distinctive lead vocals of Levi Stubbs, added depth and emotion to the song, earning them widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike. Stubbs’ powerful, soulful voice perfectly conveyed the raw emotion and vulnerability expressed in the lyrics.

“Baby I Need Your Loving” became a major hit for the Four Tops, reaching the top 10 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the R&B singles chart. Its success helped solidify the group’s reputation as one of the premier vocal acts of the 1960s.

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Over the years, “Baby I Need Your Loving” has remained a beloved classic, earning a permanent place in the annals of soul music. Its timeless appeal and universal themes of love and longing continue to resonate with audiences, making it a cherished favorite among fans of R&B and Motown music.

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Lyrics

Ooh, ooh, ooh

Baby, I need your loving (I really need you)
Baby, I need your loving (I really need you)
Although you’re never near (I really need you)
Your voice I often hear (I really need you)
Another day, another night (I really need you)
I long to hold you tight (I really need you)
‘Cause I’m so lonely

Baby, I need your loving
Got to have all your loving
Baby, I need your loving
Got to have all your loving

Some say it’s a sign of weakness for a man to beg
Then weak, I’d rather be
If it means having you to keep
‘Cause lately I’ve been losing sleep

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Baby, I need your loving
Got to have all your loving
Baby, I need your loving
Got to have all your loving

Lonely nights echo your name
Whoa, sometimes I wonder
Will I ever be the same
Oh yeah

When you see me smiling, you know
(I need you and I want you, baby)
That things have just gotten worse
(And I need you and I love you)
Any smile you might see (I need you and I want you, baby)
Has all been rehearsed (I need you and I love you, baby)
Darling, I can’t go on with you (I need you and I want you, baby)
This emptiness won’t let me live without you
(I need you and I love you, baby)
This loneliness inside me, baby (I need you and I want you, baby)
Makes me feel half alive (And I need you and I)

Baby, I need your loving
Got to have all your loving
Baby, I need your loving
Got to have all your loving
Baby, I need your loving
Got to have all your loving

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Yeah, whoo
Oh, yes I do, whoo

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