Con Funk Shun, an American R&B and funk group, released the song “Love’s Train” on their ninth studio album, To the Max (1982).
Con Funk Shun produced the song, which was penned by Michael Cooper and Felton C. Pilate II.
Cooper adapted the song’s words from a Pilate-produced musical composition.
With “steering bass guitar,” “glittering keys,” and “synth-centric flair of ’80s R&B,” it is an R&B, funk, and quiet storm tune.
The song’s lyrics center on a love triangle between Cooper and Pilate.
The song has garnered accolades from music critics since its release, with the majority praising the band’s vocals.
Although the song was never made available as a single, it has since grown in popularity and come to represent the band.
The song was re-recorded and remastered in 2010 and has subsequently appeared on numerous compilation albums.
Silk Sonic recorded the song in 2022 as a Valentine’s Day tribute and Dru Hill covered it for their 1996 self-titled album. Silk Sonic’s rendition of the song peaked at number 47 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.