"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" is a 1968 single released by AmericanR&B/soul duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, on the Tamla label in 1968. The B-side of the single is "Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl" from the duo's United LP. The first release off the duo's second album: You're All I Need, the song - written and produced by regular Gaye/Terrell collaborators Ashford & Simpson - became a hit within weeks of release eventually peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, the first of the duo's s two #1 hit R&B hits. In the UK "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" reached #34.
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" is ranked as the 57th biggest U.S. hit of 1968.
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" was recorded by UK singer Elton John and US singer Marcella Detroit for John's 1993 album Duets. After its inclusion on Detroit's album Jewel, the song was released as a single under London Records in May 1994, as the fourth and final song from Duets, and the second single from Jewel, with all b-sides performed solo by Detroit.