The Boss (Diana Ross album)

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The Boss
Studio album by Diana Ross
Released 23 May 1979
Recorded 1979
Length 35:33
Label Motown
Producer Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Diana Ross chronology
The Wiz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Boss
20 Golden Greats
Singles from The Boss
  1. "The Boss"
    Released: 22 May 1979
  2. "It's My House"
    Released: 20 October 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
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The Boss is a 1979 album released by Diana Ross on the Motown label.


This album was written and produced by longtime Ross collaborators Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson and marked her return to Top 40 radio based on the strength of the title track, which peaked #19 on the pop singles chart, and #12 on the US R&B Chart.[1] In addition all the LP tracks went to #1 on the dance charts,[2] and peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200. It was certified Gold by the RIAA and eventually platinum.

For its 20th Anniversary, the album was remastered and released on CD in 1999 with 12" versions of "The Boss" and "It's My House" as extra tracks. The 12" versions of "I Ain't Been Licked" and "No One Gets the Prize"/"The Boss" appear on Diana: Deluxe Edition, and a rare remixed single version of "No One Gets the Prize" on The Motown Anthology - Diana Ross. Ivo Del Prado remixed the bass-heavy "Once in the Morning" which is a very difficult promotional-only to find. 6 out of 8 of the songs are now club classics.

Ross also promoted the album on her first HBO special, "Standing Room Only". The special was culled from her successful "Tour '79", and the setlist included the title song, "The Boss", "It's My House", "No One Gets the Prize", "I Ain't Been Licked" and "All For One".

"The Boss" is still considered by her ardent fan base as one of her finest.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written and produced by Ashford & Simpson

Side A
  1. "No One Gets the Prize" – 4:40
  2. "I Ain't Been Licked" – 4:09
  3. "All for One" – 4:20
  4. "The Boss" – 3:52
Side B
  1. "Once in the Morning" – 4:54
  2. "It's My House" – 4:34
  3. "Sparkle" – 5:23
  4. "I'm in the World" – 4:04
1999 Remastered Edition bonus tracks
9. "The Boss" (Original 12" Remix) – 7:15
10. "It's My House" (Original Promotion-only 12" Remix) – 6:07



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 502. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 222. 
Preceded by
"Here Comes That Sound Again" by Love De-Luxe
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (all cuts)
August 25, 1979 - September 1, 1979
Succeeded by
"Found a Cure" / "Stay Free" / "Nobody Knows" by Ashford & Simpson