Thirty years ago, a remixed version of a 1990 dance song performed by American singer Robin S, written by Allen George and Fred McFarlane was released, and the clubs were never the same thanks to “Show Me Love”. The track was remixed by Swedish production duo Stonebridge and Nick Nice, helping to propel it around the world. The single went a long way in bringing house music into the mainstream, with the song even reaching the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.
Considered one of the most iconic and well-known house anthems today, the song has become a staple for established artists and for countless covers. It continues to be ranked among the top dance singles of all time by nearly every magazine on the planet, making it not only one of the best-known singles of the 1990s, but also of all time.
While Kate Bush is experiencing a huge renaissance this year with her single “Running Up That Hill” thanks to stranger things, “Show Me Love” sees a surge of no real significance anywhere – further proof that the single seems to continue to influence artists more than three decades later. In 2022 alone, Craig David, Charli XCX and now Beyonce have all sampled the track and the original songwriters are credited on their respective tracks.
Beyonce’s “Break My Soul” has already earned the superstar another Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and is the singer’s first radio single to top the Mainstream Top 40 charts in years.
Charli XCX’s “Used To Know Me”, which more mostly sampled the original track, was the singer’s fifth official release. Accident album, becoming another dance chart hit and offering proof that XCX’s evolution to become a dance darling is deeply rooted in its nostalgic pop and artistry.
Craig David’s “My Heart’s Been Waiting For You” featuring Duvall also uses “Show Me Love” for great 90s throwback value and given the British singer’s already established retro tinge, the sample makes sense and marks a excellent prelude to his next album, 22.
While these three charted in recent months, the song has also set the pattern for success for artists as varied as Kid Ink with Chris Brown for “Show Me”, Jonas Blue with AWA for “Something Stupid” and Daddy Yankee with Myke. Tower for “PASATIEMPO”.
Of course, most of those samples arrived largely because the single has been remixed by nearly every house and electronic DJ over the past 30 years, often including original vocalist Robin S for whom, despite a number of success after “Show Me Love” for her credit, this remained her most iconic single.
Looking back, the first artist to really use the sample most effectively was Jason Derulo, who in 2011 took the instantly recognizable hook from the original song, added Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O” in the chorus, and we gave “Don’t Wanna Go Home.” The single which also featured a sample of “Get Low” by Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz became a UK number one chart hit and a Top 20 hit in the US.
“Show Me Love” is a song that endures because it seems like no matter how big an artist, the track always works and always manages to deliver a hit to whoever is involved.
While Beyonce’s single was polarizing, it reintroduced the singer to a whole new, younger audience, while simultaneously introducing them to a true house classic.