"Love Don't Cost a Thing" is a song recorded by American entertainer Jennifer Lopez for her second studio album, J.Lo (2001). It was released on January 8, 2001 by Epic Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Damon Sharpe, Georgette Franklin, Jeremy Monroe, Amille D. Harris, and Greg Lawson, and was produced by Ric Wake, Richie Jones, and Cory Rooney. At the time of the song's release, Lopez was transitioning into a sex symbol and in a relationship with American rapper Sean Combs. Lyrically, "Love Don't Cost a Thing" is described as an "exploration of love" in which Lopez is unhappy about her materialistic lover; provoking much media analysis as to whether or not it was an innuendo towards Combs. Ultimately, the pair's courtship ended shortly after its release. Described as "frothy" and "catchy" by critics, it was noted for its message about love and commercial appeal to women.