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The song became one of the biggest pop and R&B singles of 1987.
The single was kept out of the top spot of the Hot 100 by Cutting Crew's "(I Just) Died in Your Arms" and U2's "With or Without You", and would itself keep Club Nouveau's Hot 100 number-one single "Lean on Me" out of the top spot of the R&B chart.
In 1988 the song was nominated for two Soul Train Music Awards for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video, and Best R&B/Soul Single, Female.
She was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
While listening to a tape of instrumental tracks given to her by producer André Cymone, Watley reflected on a recent sour romantic breakup.