Never Too Much (song)

"Never Too Much" is a song written, composed, produced, and performed by Luther Vandross. The R&B song was released in 1981, as the lead single from Vandross' debut studio album Never Too Much (1981). The title track hit number one on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, reached number four on the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, and peaked at number 33 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[1]

"Never Too Much"
Side-A label of the U.S. 1981 single
Single by Luther Vandross
from the album Never Too Much
B-side"You Stopped Loving Me"
ReleasedOctober 1981
RecordedJuly 21, 1981
Songwriter(s)Luther Vandross
Producer(s)Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross singles chronology
"Never Too Much"
"Don't You Know That?"
Music video
"Never Too Much" on YouTube

The album (Vandross' first as a solo artist) was very popular, especially with Black Radio and R&B Charts. It received several accolades, including two Grammy Award nominations in 1982—"Best New Artist" and "Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male" A remixed version of the song reached number 13 on the UK singles chart in November 1989.[2]

The single is also included on his later album The Ultimate Luther Vandross, which was released in 2001. The single was released alongside a music video in which he is shown singing in a recording studio.

Vandross received a nomination for "Never Too Much" at the 24th Grammy Awards (1982) in the category, 'Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male'.[3]

In film, television, and video games

  • The first minute of this song is used in the American sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati season four episode 17 "Fire" (March 17, 1982), until it is unceremoniously cut off by Les Nessman when he reports that the Flimm Building is on fire.
  • The song was used in the soundtrack for the Rockstar Games 2002 action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City on the in-game radio station Emotion 98.3.
  • "Never Too Much" is featured on the soundtrack of the 2012 movie, Think Like a Man.
  • The intro of the song is used during the announcement of the guests in the Dutch daily late night show Jinek.

Samples and cover versions


Cover versions

Track listings

U.S. 1981 7" single
  1. "Never Too Much" – 3:50
  2. "You Stopped Loving Me" – 4:59
UK 1981 7" single
  1. "Never Too Much" – 3:50
  2. "Don't You Know That?" – 4:04
UK 1981 12" single
  1. "Never Too Much" (Extended Version) – 5:38
  2. "Sugar and Spice (I Found Me a Girl)" – 4:57
  3. "Don't You Know That?" – 4:04
UK 1989 7" single
  1. "Never Too Much" (Remix '89 by Justin Strauss) – 4:02
  2. "The Glow of Love" – 6:10
UK 1989 12" single
  1. "Never Too Much" (Extended Remix '89 by Justin Strauss) – 6:42
  2. "Never Too Much" (Original Remix '81 a.k.a. Extended Version) – 5:38
  3. "The Glow of Love" – 6:10
UK 1989 alternative 12" single
  1. "Never Too Much" (Ben Liebrand Mix) – 7:30
  2. "Never Too Much" (Alternate Vocal Mix '89 by Justin Strauss) – 6:49
  3. "Never Too Much" (Original 7" Version) – 3:50


Chart (1981–83) Peak
position [11]
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 47
UK (Official Charts Company) [14] 44
US Billboard Hot 100 [15] 33
US Billboard Dance Club Songs [16] 4
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs [17] 1


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