Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up

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"Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up"
Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up.jpg
Single by Paula Abdul
from the album Head over Heels
Released January 9, 1996 (1996-01-09)
Format Cassette, CD
Recorded 1993
Genre New jack swing, dance-pop, hip hop soul, R&B
Length 3:30
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Bryan Abrams, Elliot Wolff, Howie Tee, Kevin Thornton, Mark Calderon, Sam Watters[1]
Producer(s) Elliot Wolff[1]
Paula Abdul singles chronology
"Crazy Cool"
"Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up"
"Dance Like There's No Tomorrow"

"Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up", with Color Me Badd providing background vocals, is the third and final single from Paula Abdul's album, Head over Heels. The song was written by Bryan Abrams, Curtis "Fitz" Williams, Elliot Wolff, Howie Tee, Kevin Thornton, and Mark Calderon.

Song information[edit]

Both the single and video received very little airplay on radio, MTV, BET and VH1, explaining why the song failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Instead, it reached the Bubbling Under chart, peaking at #12 (equivalent to #112 on the Hot 100). The single also peaked at #110 in Australia[2] and narrowly missed the top 30 in Canada.

The single became Abdul's first single that failed to enter the Hot 100.

Abdul performed this song live only once in "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

Track listings and formats[edit]

US 5" CD

1 Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up - Single Edit (Bryan Abrams; Curtis "Fitz" Williams; Elliot Wolff; Howie Tee; Kevin Thornton; Mark Calderon)3:27

2 Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up - Livingsting Remix 3:57

3 Ain't Never Gonna Give You Up - Livingsting Club Mix 4:09

4 Love Don't Come Easy - LP (Paula Abdul; Michael Stuart Ani aka "Da'Count"; Eric Monsanty; Howard Hersh; Iki Levy; Robb Boldt) 4:14

Official remixes[edit]

  • Single Edit 3:26
  • Livingston Remix 3:57
  • Livingston Club Mix 4:04

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 110
Canadian Singles Chart 32
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 12


  1. ^ a b Paula Abdul - Greatest Hits Straight Up! Discogs, May 27, 2009
  2. ^ a b "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 2015-07-15". Retrieved 2015-08-29. 

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