1980 The Doobie Brothers – Real Love (US:#5)

“Real Love” is a hit song by The Doobie Brothers. It was the first of three single releases from their 1980 LP, One Step Closer.

“Real Love” became the greatest hit from the album, reaching #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 during the fall of the year. The song is the group’s third highest-charting U.S. single after their two number-one hits, “Black Water” and “What a Fool Believes.” The song reached #12 in Canada. It was also a Top 20 Adult Contemporary hit in both nations.

The song became the second of nine songs entitled “Real Love” charting on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 between 1980 and 1996, with the final being the Beatles’ hit. It is also the second biggest hit with the title, the biggest one being the Jody Watley song.




BassTiran Porter
DrumsChet McCracken
DrumsKeith Knudsen
GuitarPatrick Simmons
GuitarJohn McFee
KeyboardsMichael McDonald
KeyboardsPatrick Henderson
SynthesizerMichael McDonald
SaxJoel Peskin
SaxJerry Jumonville
SaxCornelius Bumpus
TrumpetBill Armstrong
TrumpetLee Thornburg
VibraphoneChet McCracken
PercussionTed Templeman
PercussionChet McCracken
Background VocalsCornelius Bumpus
Background VocalsJohn McFee
Background VocalsPatrick Simmons
Background VocalsNicolette Larson
VocalsMichael McDonald

Produced By

Ted Templeman


Michael McDonald
Patrick Henderson


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