Put Your Records On

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"Put Your Records On"
Single by Corinne Bailey Rae
from the album Corinne Bailey Rae
B-side "Since I've Been Loving You", "Another Rainy Day"
Released 20 February 2006
Format CD single, DVD single, digital download, 7" single
Recorded 2005
Genre R&B, soul
Length 3:35
Label EMI
Writer(s) Corinne Bailey Rae, John Beck, Steve Chrisanthou
Producer(s) Steve Chrisanthou, Jimmy Hogarth (additional production)
Corinne Bailey Rae singles chronology
"Like a Star"
(2005)
"Put Your Records On"
(2006)
"Trouble Sleeping"
(2006)
Alternative covers
DVD single cover
7" single cover

"Put Your Records On" is a song by English soul singer–songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae from her debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae (2006). Written by Rae, John Beck, and Steve Chrisanthou, it was released as the album's second single in February and early March 2006 throughout Europe and as the lead single in North America.

"Put Your Records On" was a commercial success, topping the UK R&B Chart and charting at number two on UK Singles Chart. The song has since become a major worldwide hit, and along with Top 70 in the United States. It was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

Song information[edit]

Produced by Steve Chrisanthou, the song debuted into the UK Singles Chart at number two and was kept off the top spot by Madonna's "Sorry". The song's opening line, "Three little birds sat on my window/And they tell me I don't need to worry", is a reference to Bob Marley & The Wailers' 1977 hit song "Three Little Birds".

"Put Your Records On" enjoyed a wealth of critical and commercial acclaim[citation needed] which helped the album achieve number one in its first week of release. The track topped the UK Official Download Chart and the UK R&B Singles Chart; it was also a smash hit on radio reaching at least number two on the UK Airplay Chart. However, the single did not fare as well in the United States, peaking at number 64 on the Billboard Hot 100. As of March 1, 2006, Rae became only the second female solo act to top the UK Official Download Chart in history. It remains Bailey Rae's biggest hit single in the UK to date, and their only one to reach the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart.

The acoustic version of this song was a featured Free Single of the Week on the Canadian and the U.S. iTunes Store.

The song earned a Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year and Record of the Year in 2007.[1]

This song was covered many times in reality television programmes. On the sixth season of American Idol, semi-finalist Antonella Barba performed this song during the Top 16 week. Also, on the fourth season of the UK's The X Factor, finalist Alisha Bennett performed this song during the Top 8. Carly Rae Jepsen sang it on the fifth season of Canadian Idol during the Top 22 week. On the eighth season of American Idol, finalist Megan Joy performed this song during week 2 of the Top 36 semifinals. A year later on the ninth season of American Idol, finalist Katie Stevens covered the song during the top 20 week. Both their covers were released as live performance singles on the iTunes Store.

The song appears on the 2006 compilation album The Acoustic Album, as well as in the video games Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore and Band Hero.

The song is also featured in the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel sung by The Chipettes and in the movie's soundtrack.

Afro Blue, a singing group from Howard University performed an a cappella version of this song for the NBC-TV show The Sing Off.

Cher Lloyd also did a solo performance of it on her album Sticks and Stones.

It was also performed by Shayna Fox.

The song was sampled by rapper Paul Ay on his song "Records" featuring CambiYO from his mixtape Just Cause I Can.

The song was also performed on the hit NBC show The Voice during its third season (Fall 2012) by eventual 3rd place finisher Nicholas David (Nicholas David Mrozonki) of St. Paul, Minnesota. This version is also available on iTunes. A season after, Danielle Bradbery and Caroline Glaser performed this song on the Battle Rounds in Spring 2013.

Track listings and formats[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Put Your Records On"
  2. "Another Rainy Day"
International CD single
  1. "Put Your Records On"
  2. "Another Rainy Day"
  3. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Led Zeppelin cover)
DVD single
  1. "Put Your Records On"
  2. "Put Your Records On" (Video)
  3. "Put Your Records On" (Live at Bush Hall)
  4. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Led Zeppelin cover)
7" single
  1. "Put Your Records On"
  2. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Led Zeppelin cover)
Digital download
  1. "Put Your Records On" (Acoustic)
iTunes digital download Version 1

Put Your Records On - Single

  1. "Put Your Records On"
  2. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Led Zeppelin cover)
iTunes digital download Version 2

Put Your Records On - Single

  1. "Put Your Records On"
  2. "Another Rainy Day"
iTunes single

Put Your Records On - Single

  1. "Put Your Records On"

Personnel[edit]

  • Written by Corinne Bailey Rae, John Beck and Steve Chrisanthou
  • Produced and recorded by Steve Chrisanthou
  • Additional production by Jimmy Hogarth
  • Lead vocals performed by Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Backing vocals by Corinne Bailey Rae and Cara Robinson
  • Acoustic guitar performed by Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Percussion performed by Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Electric guitar, Spanish guitar, horns and percussion by Steve Chrisanthou
  • Keyboards performed by John Beck
  • Hammond organ performed by Joe Tatton
  • Alto Sax performed by Jason Rae
  • Tenor Sax performed by Jim Corry
  • Trumpet performed by Malcolm Strachan
  • Bass performed by Samuel Dixon
  • Published by Global Talent Publishing and Good Groove Songs
  • Recorded at The Idle Studio

Charts[edit]