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"Keep On Loving You" is a classic rock power ballad written by Kevin Cronin and performed by American rock band REO Speedwagon. It features the lead guitarwork of Gary Richrath. It was one of many REO Speedwagon songs to become a pop hit, reaching the number-one spot for one week in March 1981 on the USBillboard Hot 100 becoming the 500th song to do so in the process, and peaking at number seven in the UK Singles Chart. The single was certified Platinum for US sales of over 2 million copies.

The song has been featured in numerous films, beginning with the 1982 film The Last American Virgin. It has subsequently featured in Crank: High VoltageSmiley Face, and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past as well as appearing on the soundtrack to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. A cover version by The Donnas appears in the 1999 filmDrive Me Crazy and in the TV series Cougar Town.

In 2010, an episode from the Canadian teen show Degrassi: The Next Generation was named after this song.

The song is featured on the CBS crime drama Cold Case episode "Love Conquers Al".

Music video[edit source | editbeta][]

In 1981, the music video of the song was the 17th played on the first day of broadcast of MTV, on August 1. It was framed by a scene of Kevin Cronin talking about his relationship troubles with a female psychiatrist and contained a shot where a woman picked up a telephone connected to Gary Richrath's guitar, referencing the live version of "157 Riverside Avenue."

Charts[edit source | editbeta][]

Chart (1980–81) Peak


Australian Kent Music Report[1] 3
Dutch Top 40 13
Irish Singles Chart 6
New Zealand Singles Chart 22
Swiss Music Charts 4
UK Singles Chart 7
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Top Rock Tracks 9