I've Got to Use My Imagination

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"I've Got to Use My Imagination"
Single by Gladys Knight & the Pips
from the album Imagination
B-side "I Can See Clearly Now"
Released November 1973
Genre Psychedelic soulFunk
Length 3:29
Label Buddah
Writer(s) Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg
Producer(s) Kenny Kerner
Gladys Knight & the Pips singles chronology
"Midnight Train to Georgia"
"I've Got to Use My Imagination"
"Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me"

"I've Got to Use My Imagination" is a song recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips. Released from the hit album, Imagination, which was their debut album with Buddah Records, the song was a success on the soul and pop charts. It spent a week at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart in early 1974 and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] becoming one of their highest charting songs. It eventually sold over one million copies.

On the series A Different World, Whitley, Jaleesa and another classmate perform the song to audition to sing backup for Gladys Knight (who made a special guest appearance on the show).

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 330. 

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Preceded by
"Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)" by Aretha Franklin
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
January 19, 1974
Succeeded by
"Livin' for You" by Al Green