Ain't Nobody

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"Ain't Nobody"
Single by Rufus & Chaka Khan
from the album Stompin' at the Savoy
Released November 4, 1983
Recorded 1982-1983
Genre Funk, R&B
Length 4:41 (album), 4:05 (7" single)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Hawk Wolinski

"Ain't Nobody" is a 1983 hit single by Rufus & Chaka Khan. It was released as a studio bonus track on the band's live album Stompin' at the Savoy. It reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] It has become one of Khan's signature songs.

Rufus keyboardist David "Hawk" Wolinski wrote the song around a repeating synthesizer loop backed by a Linn LM-1 Drum Computer. However, drummer John J.R. Robinson played real drums for the recording session. Legendary producer Quincy Jones (who had previously worked with Rufus) wanted Wolinski to give "Ain't Nobody" to Michael Jackson for the album that would become the blockbuster Thriller, but Wolinski had already promised it to producer Russ Titelman, who ultimately had the band record it as a vocal showcase for Khan.[citation needed]

The song was also included in the soundtrack of the movie Breakin'.[2]

Other cover versions and remixes[edit]

"Ain't Nobody"
Single by LL Cool J
from the album Beavis and Butt-head Do America Soundtrack
B-side "Come to Butt-head"
Released November 26, 1996
Format CD single
Genre R&B, new jack swing, hip hop
Length 4:37
Label Geffen, Universal
Writer(s) James Todd Smith, Hawk Wolinski
Producer(s) Rashad Smith, LL Cool J
LL Cool J singles chronology
"Ain't Nobody"
"Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)"
Beavis and Butthead Do America Soundtrack track listing
"Love Rollercoaster"
"Ain't Nobody"
"Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls"

George Michael covered the song in his 1991 "Cover To Cover" tour.[3]

Chart versions[edit]

In 1994, Jaki Graham covered the song and it reached No. 44 in the UK and number 1 on US ’’Billboard’' Dance chart.[4]

In 1995, Diana King recorded the song for her album Tougher Than Love. It was released as a single, reaching No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on Billboard's Dance chart and No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart.

The most successful cover of "Ain't Nobody" was by rapper LL Cool J, who recorded an interpolation of the song for the soundtrack to the 1996 film Beavis and Butt-head Do America. Released as the soundtrack's second single, this version reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.[5] In the US, the song peaked at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on the Hot Rap Singles Chart and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

The song was also a hit in the UK for Gwen Dickey and KWS (reaching No. 21) and The Course (No. 8).[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 505. 
  2. ^ "Breakin' -The Website [aka: Breakdance The Movie]". Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 112. 
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 603. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
"Beetlebum" by Blur
UK Singles Chart number-one single
LL Cool J version

8 February 1997
(one week)
Succeeded by
"Discothèque" by U2