Every Little Step

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This article is about the Bobby Brown single. For the 2008 documentary, see Every Little Step (film).
"Every Little Step"
Single by Bobby Brown
from the album Don't Be Cruel
Released March 9, 1989
Format Cassette single, 7" single, 12" single, CD single
Genre R&B, pop, new jack swing
Length 3:57
Label MCA
Writer(s) L.A. Reid, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Producer(s) L.A. Reid & Babyface
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Bobby Brown singles chronology
"Roni"
(1988)
"Every Little Step"
(1989)
"On Our Own"
(1989)
Music video
"Every Little Step" on YouTube

"Every Little Step" is a 1989 single by R&B singer Bobby Brown, written by L.A. Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and released by MCA Records. Released as the fourth single on his second album Don't Be Cruel, it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Hot Black Singles chart, and #6 on the UK Singles Chart in 1990. The song also appears on Brown's remix album Dance!...Ya Know It!.

Composition[edit]

Around the time Don't Be Cruel was in production, Reid was dating singer Pebbles, who later became his wife. Inspired by his relationship with his girlfriend at the time, he wrote and co-produced the song with Edmonds, intending to give it to the group Midnight Star. Bobby Brown, however, heard a demo of the song and liked it instantly, which led to its inclusion on Don't Be Cruel.[1]

Track listing[edit]

A-side[edit]

  1. Every Little Step (Extended Version) - 7:55
  2. Every Little Step (Instrumental) - 4:02

B-Side[edit]

  1. Every Little Step (Radio Edit) - 4:51
  2. Every Little Step (Uptown Mix) - 7:33

Music video[edit]

The song's video is known for its all-white background with dancers in front. This video style has been replicated since then, most notably in commercials for Gap.[2][better source needed]

Comedian Jimmy Fallon parodied the music video in the video for his 2002 song "Idiot Boyfriend".[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australia ARIA Charts 8
UK Singles Chart 6
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 17
US Hot Black Singles 1

Personnel[edit]

Bobby Brown: Lead Vocals, Rap
Babyface: Remixing, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Bass
L.A. Reid: Remixing, Drum Programming
Donald K. Parks: Drum Programming, Synthesizer [Fairlight CMI]
Daryl Simmons, Karyn White: Background Vocals

Covers and samples[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Girl I Got My Eyes On You" by Today
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
April 15, 1989
Succeeded by
"Love Saw It" by Karyn White featuring Babyface