Release Date

June 7, 1975

“For the Love of You” (sometimes titled “For the Love of You (Part 1 & 2)”) is a song recorded by the Isley Brothers, who released the song as the second single off their 1975 album, The Heat Is On. The record showcased the two sides of the act, with the album’s first single “Fight the Power” reflecting a fast-paced funk vibe while showcasing a ballad side on the latter. The song later became a crossover hit for the brothers.

“For the Love of You” was released in September 1975, after the success of its predecessor, “Fight the Power”, had started to dwindle, leading to a drop of the charts. “For the Love of You” nearly repeated the success of its predecessor, reaching #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the brothers the rarity of having two top 40 singles off one album as opposed to one every album, marking it as the first time that had happened since the 1972 album, Brother, Brother, Brother, where two top 40 singles emerged from that album (“Work to Do” and “Pop That Thang”). The song peaked at #10 on Billboard’s R&B chart.