|Single by Rufus & Chaka Khan|
|from the album Stompin' at the Savoy|
|Released||November 4, 1983|
|Length||4:41 (album version)
4:05 (7" single)
"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. 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.
Other cover versions and remixes
|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|
|LL Cool J singles chronology|
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. 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.
- 1994: Jaki Graham
- 1994: Amii Stewart
- 1994: Klymaxx
- 1995: Diana King
- 1995: Regina Carter
- 1996: LL Cool J
- 1999: Peabo Bryson
- 2000: Hermes House Band
- 2001: Jeff Lorber
- 2003: Kelly Price (Bringing Down the House OST)
- 2003: Liberty X (sampled in "Being Nobody")
- 2004: DJ Kayslay feat. Fat Joe & Joe Budden (sampled in "Not Your Average Joe")
- 2004: Marcia Hines, from the album Hinesight
- 2005: Natasha Bedingfield feat. Daniel Bedingfield
- 2007: KT Tunstall
- 2010: Alphabeat
- 2011: Knorkator
- 2011: Mary J. Blige
- 2011: Brandon T. Jackson feat. Jessica Lucas (Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son OST)
- 2012: Scooter (as Mashup It's A Biz (Ain't Nobody)
- 2013: Jasmine Thompson (No. 32 in UK and Scotland), remixed in 2015 by Felix Jaehn (No. 4 in Germany, No. 5 in Switzerland)
- 2014: Jesse Jagz feat. Tesh Carter (sampled in "Jargo (Ain't Nobody)", a song from the album Jagz Nation Vol. 2: Royal Niger Company)
- 2014: Maverick Sabre sampled the song in his song 'Emotion (Ain't Nobody)
- List of number-one R&B singles of 1983 (U.S.)
- List of number-one dance singles of 1994 (U.S.)
- List of number-one singles from the 1990s (UK)
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 505.
- The Billboard Book of #1 R&B Hits by Adam White and Fred Bronson
- "Breakin' - The Website [aka: Breakdance The Movie]". Fast-rewind.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
- "George Michael - 11# ♫ Ain't Nobody ♫ (Rock in Rio 27-01-91)". Retrieved April 15, 2015.
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 112.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 603. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "April 24th 2015: English Raop On Top". German Chartblog. April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
"Beetlebum" by Blur
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
LL Cool J version
8 February 1997
"Discothèque" by U2