Ain't Nobody

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"Ain't Nobody"
Single by Rufus and Chaka Khan
from the album Stompin' at the Savoy
Released November 4, 1983
Recorded 1982–83
Length 4:41 (album version)
4:05 (7" single)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Hawk Wolinski
Producer(s) Russ Titelman

"Ain't Nobody" is a 1983 hit single by Rufus and 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. The band did a democratic vote and they decided to include the song in their album repertoire. Once the song was recorded, Warner executives wanted to issue another song as the album's first single. Wolinski threatened to give the song to Michael Jackson and legendary producer Quincy Jones for Thriller if the song was not the lead off single. The label relented and "Ain't Nobody" was issued and hit #1 on the R&B chart for the week ending October 15, 1983.[2]

The song was also included in the soundtrack of the movie Breakin'.[3]

LL Cool J version[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
Length 4:37
  • 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"

A commercially successful cover of "Ain't Nobody" was version 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.[4] 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]

Other cover versions and remixes[edit]

George Michael covered the song in his 1991 "Cover To Cover" tour.[5]

In 1994, Jaki Graham covered the song and it reached No. 44 in the UK and number 1 on US ’’Billboard’' Dance chart.[6]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 505. 
  2. ^ The Billboard Book of #1 R&B Hits by Adam White and Fred Bronson
  3. ^ "Breakin' - The Website [aka: Breakdance The Movie]". Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 603. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "George Michael - 11# ♫ Ain't Nobody ♫ (Rock in Rio 27-01-91)". Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 112. 
  7. ^ "April 24th 2015: English Raop On Top". German Chartblog. April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 

External links[edit]

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