Mamma Knows Best

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"Mamma Knows Best"
Song by Jessie J from the album Who You Are
Recorded 2009
Genre R&B, Soul, jazz
Length 3:15
Label Lava
Writer Jessica Cornish, Ashton Thomas
Producer Ashton Thomas
Who You Are track listing
"Do It Like a Dude"
"Mamma Knows Best"

"Mamma Knows Best" is a song by British singer-songwriter Jessie J, from her debut studio album Who You Are. Written by Jessica Cornish, Ashton Thomas and produced by same.[1] The song peaked at number 59 in UK Singles Chart.[2]

Background and composition[edit]

This is one of the old school tracks that's stuck with me for five years. I feel like this song has helped my career as it was the YouTube video that first helped me get noticed.

Jessie J[3]

The song was written by Jessie J, Ashton Thomas and produced by same.[4] This big-band work out was one of the first songs written by Jessie J and the first one that brought her to people's attention.

"Mamma Knows Best" is a high-energy-bluesy-jazz inclined. Lyrically, the song said: Mama knows best when times get hard / And papa always has a joke to make me laugh / Mama knows best when / I feel down, to bring me up / And always keep my feet on the ground. J said to Artistdirect that "Mamma Knows Best" is about comeback and self-esteem.


Critical response[edit]

"Mamma Knows Best" received generally positive reviews from critics. Mike Diver from BBC, said: "Mamma Knows Best" brings a big-band-trapped-in-a-synthesizer sound to the fore, more Pixie Lott than Ain't No Other Man-period Christina Aguilera.[5] It had a remarkable attention by many people because of "the crazy high vocal range" she demonstrates not only in the recorded track of her album, but also during live performances, that is why it has been acclaimed by many critics.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "Mamma Knows Best" debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 59 on 7 April 2012 for one week.[2]

Live performances[edit]

Jessie J performed the song on Britain's Got Talent in 2011. Jessie J performed "Mamma Knows Best" live from Don Hill's in NYC as part of VEVO's LIFT showcase.[6] On 13 March 2011 she performed the song on Saturday Night Live.[7] On 3 June 2011 hit the stage on Britain's Got Talent.[8] On 12 April, Jessie J performed the song at BET's.[9][dubious ], and on 13/03/2011 she performed it at MTV Push.[10] A homemade video posted by Jessie on your account on YouTube helped promote it.[11]

Cover versions[edit]

  • British contestant J Marie Cooper covered "Mamma Knows Best" as part of a set for The Voice UK on 24 January 2012, at first Blind Audition.
  • Colombian contestant Andrea Florez covered "Mamma Knows Best" as part of a set for La Voz Colombiaon 9 November 2012, at live shows
  • Romanian contestan Laurian Manta covered "Mamma Knows Best" on the second season of Vocea României.
  • American contestant Angela Miller covered "Mamma Knows Best" as her audition for American Idol on 17 January 2013, and also first part of her set on the idol tour.
  • Elhaida Dani covered a brilliant "Mamma Knows Best" as part of a set for The Voice of Italy, at first Blind Audition.
  • American contestant Sarah Simmons covered "Mamma Knows Best" as part of a set for The Voice US Season 4, on 20 May 2013, at Live Shows.
  • Georgian contestant Mariko Lejhava covered "Mamma Knows Best" as part of a set for 'Georgian Idol' on live show.
  • Dutch contestant Sarah van der Meer covered "Mamma Knows Best" as part of a set for 'The Voice of Holland' on 6 September 2013, at first Blind Audition.
  • English contestant Lydia Lucy covered "Mamma Knows Best" as part of her Blind Audition for 'The X Factor (UK series 10)' on 14 September 2013.
  • The Voice US Season 5 contestant Amber Nicole under Team Christina Aguilera performed a cover during the show's Knockout Rounds which earned her a Steal spot in Team Cee Lo Green.
  • American contestant Ellona Santiago covered Mamma Knows Best on The X Factor USA.
  • Indonesian Contestant Dewi Puspita covered Mamma know best on her audition in indonesian idol
  • Elly Oh covered "Mamma Knows Best" as part of her Blind Audition for 'The Voice (Australia series 3)'.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[1]


Chart (2012) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 59


  1. ^ a b Cornish, Jessica (2011). Who You Are (CD liner notes). Jessie J. Lava Records. p. 4. 
  2. ^ a b "Mamma Knows Best". Official Charts Company. 07/04/2012. 
  3. ^ "Mamma Knows Best". songfacts. 28 April 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mamma Knows Best". Rovi Corporation. Allmusic. 26 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "BBC Review". BBC. 2011-02-24. 
  6. ^ live from Don Hill's in NYC on YouTube
  7. ^ Mamma Knows Best LIVE @ SNL on YouTube
  8. ^ "Mama Knows Best (Live @ Britain's Got Talent)". rutube. 03 июн 2011. 
  9. ^ Jessie J on BET on YouTube
  10. ^ "PUSH – Jessie J – Mamma Knows Best". MTV. 2011-03-13. 
  11. ^ JESSIE J 'MAMMA KNOWS BEST' on YouTube
  12. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.

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