Age Ain't Nothing but a Number (song)

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"Age Ain't Nothing but a Number"
Aaliyah - Age Ain't Nothing but a Number.jpg
Single by Aaliyah
from the album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number
B-side "I'm Down" "The Thing I Like"
Released December 6, 1994 (US CS)
December 20, 1994 (US CD)
February 5, 1995 (UK CD)
Format
Recorded 1993; Chicago Recording Company
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre
Length 4:13
Label
Songwriter(s) R. Kelly
Producer(s) R. Kelly
Aaliyah singles chronology
"At Your Best (You Are Love)"
(1994)
"Age Ain't Nothing but a Number"
(1994)
"Down with the Clique"
(1995)
"At Your Best (You Are Love)"
(1994)
"Age Ain't Nothing but a Number"
(1994)
"Down with the Clique"
(1995)
Age Ain't Nothing but a Number track listing
"Back & Forth"
(3)
"Age Ain't Nothing but a Number"
(4)
"Down with the Clique"
(5)

"Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" is a song by American singer Aaliyah, written and produced by R. Kelly for her debut album of the same name (1994). Its lyrics tell the story of a girl wanting to date an older man, saying that their age difference is irrelevant if the feelings are strong enough. The song begins with a short piano introduction in 5
4
time
and Aaliyah looking up a page in her diary dated May 5, 1993.[citation needed] Once she discovers it, the beat switches to the chorus. The line "I got a thing for you and I can't let go" is lifted directly from Bobby Caldwell's "What You Won't Do For Love".

It was released as the third single (and final single in the United States) from the album and became her first single in the US to miss the top 10, peaking at number 75 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 32 on the UK Singles Chart.[1][2][3][4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Millicent Shelton and filmed in Detroit, Michigan in November 1994 and released in early 1995. Mainly shot in black-and-white, it features cameo appearances by rappers Proof and Bizarre from D12 and Aaliyah's brother, Rashad Haughton.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number".

US CD single

  1. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (LP version)
  2. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (LP version with no intro)
  3. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (instrumental)
  4. "I'm Down"
  5. "The Thing I Like"

US promotional single

  1. LP version
  2. LP version (no intro)

UK CD single

  1. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (LP version with no intro)
  2. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (LP version)
  3. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (Instrumental)
  4. "Back & Forth"
  5. "(At Your Best) You Are Love"

UK 12" single

  1. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (LP version with no intro)
  2. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (instrumental)
  3. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (Havok 12" Mix)
  4. "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number" (Linslee 12" Mix)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994–1995) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 78
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 32
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[7] 19
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[8] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 75
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 35
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[11] 36

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aaliyah – Age Ain't Nothing But A Number". youtube.com. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Aaliyah". allmusic.com. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Age Aint Nothing But a Number". amazon.com. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number (4:11)". last.fm. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 1, 2017.
  6. ^ "Aaliyah: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  7. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  8. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  9. ^ "Aaliyah Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  10. ^ "Aaliyah Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Aaliyah Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.

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