Ain't Nobody

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"Ain't Nobody"
Rufus nobody.jpg
Single by Rufus and Chaka Khan
from the album Stompin' at the Savoy
B-side "Sweet Thing"
Released November 4, 1983
Format
Genre
Length 4:41
4:05 (7")
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Hawk Wolinski
Producer(s) Russ Titelman
Rufus and Chaka Khan singles chronology
"Got to Be There"
(1983)
"Ain't Nobody"
(1983)
"I Feel for You"
(1984)
"Got to Be There"
(1983)
"Ain't Nobody"
(1983)
"I Feel for You"
(1984)

"Ain't Nobody" is a song recorded by the American funk band Rufus and American singer Chaka Khan. It was released on November 4, 1983, as a bonus track for their live album Stompin' at the Savoy. "Ain't Nobody" quickly gathered popularity, and reached number one on the U.S. R&B chart, and number twenty-two on the US Billboard Hot 100.[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.[citation needed] Wolinski threatened to give the song to Michael Jackson and 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 number one 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]

Composition[edit]

The song is performed in the key of E minor with a tempo of 104 beats per minute in common time. Khan's vocals span from G3 to E5 in the song.[4][5]

Charts[edit]

Cover versions, samples, and remixes[edit]

George Michael covered the song in his 1991 "Cover To Cover" tour.[9]

Diana King recorded a cover single in 1995, reaching No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on Billboard's Dance chart and No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart.

Jaki Graham version[edit]

"Ain't Nobody"
Jaki Graham - Ain't Nobody.jpg
Single by Jaki Graham
Released 1994
Genre Dance
Length 3:26
Label Pulse-8 Records
Songwriter(s) Hawk Wolinski
Music video
"Ain't Nobody" on YouTube

In 1994, singer Jaki Graham recorded the song and released it as a single. It reached No. 44 in the UK and number one on US Billboard Dance chart.[11]

LL Cool J version[edit]

"Ain't Nobody"
Aint Nobody.jpg
Single by LL Cool J
from the album Beavis and Butt-Head Do America: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "Come to Butt-head"
Released November 26, 1996
Format CD single
Length 4:37
Label Geffen
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
LL Cool J singles chronology
"Loungin"
(1996)
"Ain't Nobody"
(1996)
"Hit 'Em High (The Monstars' Anthem)"
(1997)
"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[edit]

Released as the soundtrack's second single, this version reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.[12] 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]

Felix Jaehn version[edit]

"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)"
Aint-Nobody-(Loves-Me-Better)-Felix-Jaehn.jpg
Single by Felix Jaehn featuring Jasmine Thompson
from the album I
Released 3 April 2015
Format
Length 4:01
Label
Songwriter(s) Hawk Wolinski
Producer(s) Felix Jaehn
Felix Jaehn singles chronology
"Dance with Me"
(2015)
"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)"
(2015)
"Eagle Eyes"
(2015)
"Dance with Me"
(2015)
"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)"
(2015)
"Eagle Eyes"
(2015)
Jasmine Thompson singles chronology
"Sun Goes Down"
(2014) Sun Goes Down2014
"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)"
(2015) Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)2015
"Unfinished Sympathy"
(2015) Unfinished Sympathy2015
Music video
"Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)". 

In 2015, German music producer and DJ Felix Jaehn released a remix titled "Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)" featuring vocals by British singer Jasmine Thompson.[13] It is the lead single for his eponymous 2016 debut EP Felix Jaehn. The remix was based on a solo release of the song by Thompson in 2013, when Thompson was 13, which had peaked at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart. However, the Felix Jaehn remix became a far bigger international chart success, peaking at number one or two in a number of European countries (including number two in the United Kingdom) as well as the top 10 in other European countries and Australia.[14]

Track listing[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts (for Felix Jaehn feat. Jasmine Thompson)
Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[15] 6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[16] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[17] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[18] 7
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[19] 95
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[20] 1
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[21] 4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[22] 2
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[23] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[24] 10
France (SNEP)[25] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[26] 1
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[27] 1
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[28] 3
Hungary (Single Top 40)[29] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[30] 5
Israel (Media Forest)[31] 1
Italy (FIMI)[32] 22
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[33] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[34] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[35] 21
Norway (VG-lista)[36] 13
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[37] 1
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[38] 3
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[39] 3
Slovenia (SloTop50)[40] 1
South Africa (EMA)[41] 4
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[42] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[43] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[44] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[45] 2
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[46] 50
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[47] 11
Year-end charts
Chart (2015) Position
Australia (ARIA)[48] 86
Germany (Official German Charts)[49] 3
Israel (Media Forest)[50] 13
Italy (FIMI)[51] 49
Poland (ZPAV)[52] 4
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[53] 62

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[54] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[55] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[56] Platinum 30,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[57] Gold 20,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[58] 2× Platinum 120,000^
France (SNEP)[59] Gold 51,200[60]
Germany (BVMI)[61] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[62] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
Netherlands (NVPI)[63] 5× Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[64] Platinum 15,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[65] 3× Platinum 60,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[66] Platinum 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[67] 4× Platinum 160,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[68] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[69] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

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

See also[edit]

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