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"I Can't Stop Loving You" is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musicianDon Gibson, who first recorded it on December 30, 1957, for RCA Victor Records. It was released in 1958 as theB-side of "Oh, Lonesome Me", becoming a double-sided country hit single.

The song was covered by Ray Charles in 1962, featured on Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and released as a single. Charles' version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, for five weeks. This version went to number one on the U.S. R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.[2][3Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1962.[4] Charles reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1962, staying for two weeks.[5]

The Ray Charles version is noted for his saying the words before the last five lines of the song on the final chorus: "Sing the Song, Children". It was ranked No. 164 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #49 on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.

Chart performance[]

Don Gibson version[]

Chart (1958) Peak


Norwegian Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 81

Kitty Wells version[]

Chart (1958) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3

Ray Charles version[]

Chart (1962) Peak


U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
UK Singles Chart


Australian Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 4

Other cover versions[]

Los Panchos - No puedo vivir sin ti (I can't stop loving you)