One Step Ahead (Aretha Franklin song)

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This article is about Aretha Franklin song. For Split Enz song, see One Step Ahead (Split Enz song).
"One Step Ahead"
Single by Aretha Franklin
B-side "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face"
Released 1965
Format 7" vinyl
Genre Soul
Length 2:33
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Eddie Snyder, Charles Singleton
Aretha Franklin singles chronology
"Can't You Just See Me / Little Miss Raggedy Ann "
"One Step Ahead"
"I'm Losing You / Sweet Bitter Love"

"One Step Ahead" is a song by American soul singer Aretha Franklin. The single containing the song was released by Columbia Records in 1965.[1] "One Step Ahead" was the A-side of the single, and peaked at #18 on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart. The B-side, "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face," was taken from her 1964 album Runnin' Out Of Fools. The single was released two years before Aretha achieved stardom when she joined Atlantic Records.

"One Step Ahead" was not included on any of her Columbia studio albums, and remains one of her rarest releases[2]

In 1999, hip-hop producer Ayatollah sampled its chorus for the "Ms. Fat Booty" single he produced for Mos Def.

The same vocal part was sampled by Clutchy Hopkins for his "Sleepers Never Dig, Diggers Never Sleep Bootleg".


  1. ^ Aretha Franklin Discography Retrieved September 14, 2013
  2. ^ Aretha Franklin: One Step Revisited Retrieved September 14, 2013.