Ain't Nobody

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"Ain't Nobody"
Single by Rufus and Chaka Khan
from the album Stompin' at the Savoy
Released November 4, 1983
Format
Recorded 1982–83
Genre
Length 4:41 (album version)
4:05 (7" single)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Hawk Wolinski
Producer(s) Russ Titelman
Certification Gold
Rufus and Chaka Khan singles chronology
"Got to Be There"
(1983)
"Ain't Nobody"
(1983)
"I Feel for You"
(1984)

"Ain't Nobody" is a 1983 hit single by Rufus and Chaka Khan. It was released as a studio bonus track on the band's live album Stompin' at the Savoy. It reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] It has become one of Khan's signature songs.

Rufus keyboardist David "Hawk" Wolinski wrote the song around a repeating synthesizer loop backed by a Linn LM-1 Drum Computer. However, drummer John J.R. Robinson played real drums for the recording session. The band did a democratic vote and they decided to include the song in their album repertoire. Once the song was recorded, Warner executives wanted to issue another song as the album's first single. Wolinski threatened to give the song to Michael Jackson and legendary producer Quincy Jones for Thriller if the song was not the lead off single. The label relented and "Ain't Nobody" was issued and hit #1 on the R&B chart for the week ending October 15, 1983.[2]

The song was also included in the soundtrack of the movie Breakin'.[3]

LL Cool J version[edit]

"Ain't Nobody"
Single by LL Cool J
from the album Beavis and Butt-head Do America Soundtrack
B-side "Come to Butt-head"
Released November 26, 1996
Format CD single
Genre
Length 4:37
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Rashad Smith
  • LL Cool J
LL Cool J singles chronology
"Loungin"
(1996)
"Ain't Nobody"
(1996)
"Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)"
(1997)
Beavis and Butthead Do America Soundtrack track listing
"Love Rollercoaster"
(2)
"Ain't Nobody"
(3)
"Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls"
(4)

A commercially successful cover of "Ain't Nobody" was a version by rapper LL Cool J, who recorded an interpolation of the song for the soundtrack to the 1996 film Beavis and Butt-head Do America.

Charts

Released as the soundtrack's second single, this version reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.[4] In the US, the song peaked at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on the Hot Rap Singles Chart and No. 27 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

The song was also a hit in the UK for Gwen Dickey and KWS (reaching No. 21) and The Course (No. 8).[citation needed]

Other cover versions and remixes[edit]

George Michael covered the song in his 1991 "Cover To Cover" tour.[5]

In 1994, Jaki Graham covered the song and it reached No. 44 in the UK and number 1 on US ’’Billboard’' Dance chart.[6]

In 1995, Diana King recorded the song for her album Tougher Than Love. It was released as a single, reaching No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on Billboard's Dance chart and No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart.

Felix Jaehn version[edit]

"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)"
Single by Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson
Released April 3, 2015
Format
Genre
Length 4:01
Label
Writer(s) David Wolinski
Producer(s) Felix Jaehn
Felix Jaehn singles chronology
"Dance with Me"
(2015)
"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)"
(2015)
"Eagle Eyes"
(2015)
Jasmine Thompson singles chronology
"Sun Goes Down"
(2014)
"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)"
(2015)
"Unfinished Sympathy"
(2015)
Music video
"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" on YouTube

In 2015, German music producer and DJ Felix Jaehn released a remix titled "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" featuring vocals by Jasmine Thompson.[8] The remix was based on an original solo release by Thompson in 2013. That initial cover had peaked at number thirty two on the UK Singles Chart. However, the Felix Jaehn remix became a far bigger international chart success.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" (Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson) – 4:01
  2. "I Do" (Felix Jaehn featuring Poppy Haddigan) – 3:02

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10] 63
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 7
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[14] 1
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[15] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[16] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 10
France (SNEP)[18] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[19] 1
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[20] 1
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[21] 19
Hungary (Single Top 40)[22] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 5
Israel (Media Forest)[24] 1
Italy (FIMI)[25] 22
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[26] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[27] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[28] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[29] 13
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 20)[30] 1
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[31] 3
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[32] 3
South Africa (EMA)[33] 4
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[34] 19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[37] 2
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[38] 11

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Germany (BVMI)[39] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[40] Gold 25,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales/streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 505. 
  2. ^ The Billboard Book of #1 R&B Hits by Adam White and Fred Bronson
  3. ^ "Breakin' - The Website [aka: Breakdance The Movie]". Fast-rewind.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 603. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  5. ^ "George Michael - 11# ♫ Ain't Nobody ♫ (Rock in Rio 27-01-91)". Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 112. 
  7. ^ "Youngblood Brass Band - Ain't Nobody". SoundCloud. 
  8. ^ "April 24th 2015: English Raop On Top". German Chartblog. April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Vokuhilas in Barcelona". sueddeutsche.de. 
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (22 August 2015). "ARIA Singles: Delta Goodrem 'Wings' Spends Second Week On Top Of Australian Chart". Noise11. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
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  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201532 into search.
  15. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201531 into search.
  16. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)". Tracklisten.
  17. ^ "Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson: Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" (in French). Les classement single.
  19. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)". GfK Entertainment.
  20. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  21. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  22. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  23. ^ "Chart Track: Week 35, 2015". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  24. ^ "Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better) Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  25. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)". Top Digital Download.
  26. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  27. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  28. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)". Top 40 Singles.
  29. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)". VG-lista.
  30. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 20. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  31. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201532 into search.
  32. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201529 into search.
  33. ^ "Top 10 Airplay". Entertainment Monitoring Africa. August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" Canciones Top 50.
  35. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)". Singles Top 60.
  36. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson – Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  37. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-09-03" UK Singles Chart.
  38. ^ Illegal name entered Jasmine Thompson/Jasmine+Thompson/chart?f=1234 "Jasmine Thompson – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for Jasmine Thompson.
  39. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson; 'Ain´t Nobody (Loves Me Better)')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  40. ^ "FIMI – Certificazione" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Beetlebum" by Blur
UK Singles Chart number-one single
LL Cool J version

8 February 1997
(one week)
Succeeded by
"Discothèque" by U2