The Boss (Diana Ross song)

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"The Boss"
Single by Diana Ross
from the album The Boss
Released 22 May 1979
Format 7" Single, 12" Single
Recorded 1979
Genre Disco
Length 3:52
Label Motown
Writer(s) Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Producer(s) Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Diana Ross singles chronology
"What You Gave Me"
"The Boss"
"It's My House"

"The Boss" is a 1979 disco song written and produced by Ashford & Simpson and recorded by singer Diana Ross, who released it as a single on the Motown label. It was the first release from the album of the same title

The single peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[1] reached #12 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, and went to #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

The track was remixed by David Morales in 1993 and included on Ross' album Diana Extended: The Remixes.

The track was also remixed by Almighty Records in 2009 and was included on their album "Almighty - We Love Diana Ross"


  • Lead vocals by Diana Ross
  • Background vocals by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, Maxine and Julia Waters
  • Produced and written by Ashford & Simpson

Cover Versions[edit]

"The Boss"
Single by Kristine W
from the album The Power of Music
Released 2008
Format Maxi-single CD
Genre Dance
Writer(s) Ashford & Simpson
Kristine W singles chronology
"Walk Away"
"The Boss"

The song was covered by Ashford and Simpson during a televised live concert special in 1982, and by Whitney Houston during her live shows in 1997/98.

A cover of the song by The Braxtons was include on the 1996 album So Many Ways, A remix by Masters At Work topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in early 1997.

On February 12, 2008, American dance-pop singer Kristine W released a cover of this song as the first single off her album The Power of Music. Kristine's version also hit number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart[2] in March 2008, becoming her eleventh US dance chart-topper and the third version of the song to top this survey.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ Current Billboard Hot Dance Club Play

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Blue Skies" by BT featuring Tori Amos
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number one single
(The Braxtons version)

February 1, 1997
Succeeded by
"Get Up" by Byron Stingily
Preceded by
"Feedback" by Janet
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number one single
(Kristine W version)

March 29, 2008
Succeeded by
"Beautiful" by Taylor Dayne