Tuff Enuff (song)

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"Tuff Enuff"
Single by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
from the album Tuff Enuff
Released 1986 (1986)
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:21
Label CBS Associated Records / Epic Associated
Writer(s) Kim Wilson
Producer(s) Dave Edmunds
The Fabulous Thunderbirds singles chronology
N/A "Tuff Enuff" "Wrap It Up"

"Tuff Enuff" is a popular song by the blues rock band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. It was written by the band's lead singer Kim Wilson and appeared on the album Tuff Enuff. It was produced by Dave Edmunds.

Released as a single in 1986, "Tuff Enuff" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, at number four on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[1] and it appeared on the top 20 charts in other countries as well.[2] It was ranked #96 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. As lead singer Kim Wilson said, "Blues rock groups aren't supposed to have Top Ten hits."

It was the band's first single and has since become the band's most well-known song. It also had an accompanying music video.

The song was covered by Wynonna Judd for her 2000 album, New Day Dawning.

In popular culture[edit]

The song has been used in multiple films. It appeared in the 1986 film Gung Ho, starring Michael Keaton and Gedde Watanabe, the 1986 film The Naked Cage, starring Shari Shattuck and Angel Tompkins, the 1986 film Tough Guys, starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, the 1991 film Ricochet, starring Denzel Washington and John Lithgow and the 2007 film The Game Plan, starring Dwayne Johnson and Madison Pettis. It also appeared on the television show Married With Children.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The Michigan Daily called the song "...a real rocker,"[4] while the Reading Eagle called it "an unforgettable R&B scorcher."[5]


  1. ^ AllMusic
  2. ^ Ross, Thomas (September 12, 1986). "Fabulous T-Birds bringing red-hot act to Bowling Green". Daily News. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ IMDB.com
  4. ^ "The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Tuff Enuff". The Michigan Daily. March 7, 1986. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ Knause, Tom (March 23, 1986). "Thunderbirds take off on "Tuff Enuff"". Reading Eagle. Retrieved March 21, 2011.