"Love on Top" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé Knowles for her fourth studio album 4 (2011). Inspired from her state of mind while playing Etta James in the 2008 musical biopic Cadillac Records, Knowles wrote the song alongside Terius Nash and Shea Taylor; its production was handled by Taylor and Knowles. A throw-back to 1980s music, the uptempo R&B song exhibits style similar to that of Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston and The Jackson 5, among others. While incorporating four key changes, Knowles adopts a high range when repeating the song's chorus towards the end of the song. She sings about a man whom she can always call, even after facing grief and hard work, finally earning his love and respect.
"Love on Top"'s musical composition, as well as Knowles' vocals and versatility, positively surprised critics. In July 2011, the song charted at number 3 for three consecutive weeks in South Korea. Knowles sang "Love on Top" live at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, announcing her pregnancy at the end of her performance. This caused the upsurge of the song on several charts worldwide. It reached the top ten in Hungary, South Korea and both regions of Belgium, and the top twenty in Australia, Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It also debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the second highest debut of Knowles' career as a solo artist. "Love on Top" remained at number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for seven consecutive weeks, and has sold over one million copies. At the 55th Grammy Awards, Knowles won her 17th Grammy Award with Best Traditional R&B Performance for "Love on Top".
Mainly inspired by the work of the American band New Edition, the accompanying music video for "Love on Top" shows Knowles along with five male dancers, performing choreographed moves in a penthouse studio in New York City overlooking the Hudson River towards New Jersey. Critics generally commended the simplicity of the video, the wardrobe changes with every key change, and Knowles' youthful exuberance throughout the clip. The song was part of Knowles' set lists on the revue shows 4 Intimate Nights with Beyoncé (2011) and Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live (2012). Critics noted that the song was even more impressive in person and that going through the last four key changes while performing it live, remains a difficult task. File Hashes