100% Pure Love

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"100% Pure Love"
100 percent pure love.jpg
Single by Crystal Waters
from the album Storyteller
ReleasedMay 10, 1994
  • Crystal Waters
  • Teddy Douglas
  • Thomas Davis
  • Jay Steinhour
  • Teddy Douglas
  • Jay Steinhour
Crystal Waters singles chronology
"You Turn Me On"
"100% Pure Love"
"Ghetto Day/What I Need"
Music video
"100% Pure Love" on YouTube

"100% Pure Love" is a 1994 single recorded by American singer and songwriter Crystal Waters from her second studio album, Storyteller (1994). It was released on May 10, 1994 as the album's lead single. The song was a hit in many countries, reaching the top 20 in Australia, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was certified Platinum in Australia and Gold in the US.

Background and release[edit]

The song is inspired by her relationship at the time. The singer says she chose the stylings of the song as a reaction to the popularity of gangsta rap during the mid-1990s in the United States.[1]

Looking to write a positive song, she sent an early draft to her production team Basement Boys who "hated the hook" but "loved the verses." Originally the song was built on the lyrics, "the beat goes boom," before she went back to the drawing board and considered the reasons she was writing the song in the first place. "From the back to the middle and around again, I'm going to be there 'til the end, 100% pure love," emerged as the next draft and became the lyrics in the completed version of the song.[1]

The single reached number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, number 38 on the US R&B chart, and number 15 in the United Kingdom. The single spent a total of 45 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming one of the longest charting singles in the US to date. The song won a Billboard Music Award for Top-Selling Hot Dance Music Club Play Single at the 1994 Billboard Music Awards. The song was certified Gold in the United States.[2]

The song proved to be most popular in Australia. It first entered the ARIA Singles Chart at number 40 on June 26, 1994, then reached number three three weeks later. On July 31, the song reached its peak position of number two, behind Wet Wet Wet's runaway hit "Love Is All Around".[3] It dropped to number three the next week, then spent four more weeks at that position before falling to number four on September 11. Afterwards, it remained in the chart for a further seven weeks before dropping out of the top 50 on November 6. It finished 1994 as Australia's 11th best-selling single, the second best-selling number-two hit of the year behind Bon Jovi's "Always".[4] It has since received a Platinum certification from ARIA for sales exceeding 70,000 copies.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "The enigmatic voice behind the 1991 smash 'Gypsy Woman' returns with a percussive pop/dance twirler from her new 'Storyteller' opus. Though it seemed impossible to come up with a hook as catchy as 'la-da-di, la-di-da,' Waters and cohorts the Basement Boys have done exactly that, and wrapped it with dramatic strings and butt shagging cowbells."[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Matthew Rolston and choreographed by Michael K. Williams (who later went on to star as Omar Little on The Wire), was also nominated for Best Dance Video at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.


Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
2017 BuzzFeed United States "The 101 Greatest Dance Songs Of the '90s"[6] 9

Track listings[edit]


  1. "100% Pure Love" (Radio Mix) – 3:06
  2. "100% Pure Love" (Club Mix) – 8:04
  3. "100% Pure Love" (Gumbo Mix) – 5:22

Charts and certifications[edit]


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