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Single Cd Nobody Wants To Be Lonely
Ricky Martin with Christina Aguilera
Writer(s) Desmond Child
Victoria Shaw
Gary Burr
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff
Length 5:05 (album version)

3:59 (radio edit)

4:11 (duet version)

"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" is the second single from Ricky Martin's second English album, Sound Loaded, released on January 9, 2001. Ricky Martin also recorded this single in Spanish entitled "Sólo Quiero Amarte" ("I Only Want to Love You"). Another version of the song was recorded as a duet with Christina Aguilera. This duet version was later included on three of Martin's compilations: The Best of Ricky Martin17 and 17: Greatest Hits, and the international version of Aguilera's greatest hits album, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits.

Music videos

Two music videos were directed by Wayne Isham prior to Christmas in late December 2000, aired on January 15, 2001. One music video is set to the English-language duet 'Nobody Wants to Be Lonely', while the other is set to the Spanish-language solo 'Sólo Quiero Amarte'. The video to 'Nobody Wants to Be Lonely' features Christina Aguilera while 'Sólo Quiero Amarte' shows her in a cameo appearance.

Ricky Martin - Nobody Wants to Be Lonely

Ricky Martin - Nobody Wants to Be Lonely

Chart performance

"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" is one of the first major single releases to not have a commercial CD single in the United States. Although songs had been allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 without single releases since late 1998, (and one song, Aaliyah's "Try Again" had actually hit number one, followed by "Lady Marmalade", which featured Aguilera) most major single releases by major artists still released singles at the time, especially high profile songs such as this. With this single being toted as one of the most high profile duets that year, the music community was then understandably shocked when it was announced that no CD or CD maxi-single would be released for the song.

"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" peaked at number thirteen on the US Billboard Hot 100, thanks to its top ten peak on the Hot 100 Airplay. The Spanish-language version of the song, entitled "Solo Quiero Amarte", reached number one on the Hot Latin Songs (for four weeks), Latin Pop Songs (seven weeks) and Tropical Songs (two weeks).

The single became a top ten hit in most countries, peaking at number one in New Zealand (for two weeks), number four in the United Kingdom and number six in Australia, among others. It was also certified Gold in Australia, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

Awards

The song was nominated at the 44th Grammy Awards in the category of Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, but lost out to "Lady Marmalade" by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink. "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" won an ALMA Award for the Outstanding Music Video.

Lyrics

Why, why, why
Oh ooh ohh

There you are, in a darkened room
And you're all alone, looking out the window
Your heart is cold and lost the will to love
Like a broken arrow
Here I stand in the shadows
In the shadows
Come to come, come to me
Can't you see that

Nobody wants to be lonely
Nobody wants to cry
My body's longing to hold you
So bad it hurts inside
Time is precious and it's slipping away
And I've been waiting for you all of my life (ohh)
Nobody wants to be lonely
So why (why), why don't you let me love you

Why (ooh ohh yeah), why (oh why), why

Ooh ooh, yeah
Can you hear my voice, do you hear my song
It's a seranade, so your heart can find me, ohh
And suddenly you're flying down the stairs
Into my arms, baby, ohh

Before I start going crazy
Going crazy, ohh
Run to me
Run to me
Cause I'm dying...

Nobody wants to be lonely
Nobody wants to cry (I don't wanna cry)
My body's longing to hold you (I'm longing to hold you)
So bad it hurts inside
Time is precious and it's slipping away
And I've been waiting for you all of my life (ohh)
Nobody wants to be lonely
So why

Why, why don't you let me love you
I wanna feel you need me
Feel you need me
Just like the air you're breathing
Breathing, I need you here in my life

Don't walk away, don't walk away
Don't walk alway, don't walk away
No, no, no, no...

Nobody wants to be lonely
Nobody wants to cry...yeah yeah

Nobody wants to be lonely (yeah ohh ooh)
Nobody wants to cry (nobody wants to cry)
My body's longing to hold you (is longing to hold you)
So bad it hurts inside (hurts inside)
Time is precious and it's slipping away
And I've been waiting for you all of my life (ohh)
Nobody wants to be lonely
So why (why), why don't you let me love you
Let me love you...

Nobody wants to be lonely
Nobody wants to cry (nobody wants to cry...)
My body's longing to hold you (I'm longing to hold you)
So bad it hurts inside (so hurt inside)
Time is precious and it's slipping away
And I've been waiting for you all of my life
Nobody wants to be lonely
So why (why), why don't you let me love you

Why (why), let me love you
Why don't you let me love you
Why, love you, let me love you

Why (why)


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