Love Shoulda Brought You Home by Toni Braxton


"Love Shoulda Brought You Home" is the first solo single by American R&B singer Toni Braxton. The song was written by Babyface, Daryl Simmons, and Bo Watson, and was featured on the soundtrack to the romantic comedy film Boomerang (1992). It served as the follow-up to Braxton's duet with Babyface, titled "Give U My Heart". Those pair of songs was submitted to Anita Baker, but due to Baker's impending pregnancy, she had to decline. The single became a top 40 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and her second consecutive top five hit on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Seven months later, the song was included on Braxton's debut album, Toni Braxton.

The title is a direct line from Boomerang. In the film, Halle Berry's character, Angela Lewis, angrily tells her man, Marcus Graham (Eddie Murphy), after he spent the night with another woman, "Love should've brought your ass home last night."

The music video, directed by Ralph Ziman, showed an angry Braxton--alternating between a long sweater (worn as a dress) and a suit complete with tie. She is fed up with her boyfriend and testifies that if he really cared, then love should have brought him home last night.

The song was also used in the background of an early 1993 episode of the soap opera The Young and the Restless.