Being Nobody

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"Being Nobody"
Single by Richard X vs Liberty X
from the album Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1 / Being Somebody
Released 24 March 2003
Genre Synthpop, electronica, dance-pop
Length 3:40
Writer(s) Hawk Wolinski, Philip Oakey, Martyn Ware, Ian Craig Marsh
Producer(s) Richard X
Richard X singles chronology
"Freak like Me"
"Being Nobody"
"Finest Dreams"
Liberty X singles chronology
"Holding On for You"
"Being Nobody"

Being Nobody is a song produced by Richard X and recorded by English-Irish pop group Liberty X. It was released as the lead single from Richard X's debut studio album Richard X Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1 (2003), as well as the lead single from Liberty X's second studio album Being Somebody (2003).

The song is a pseudo-mashup, taking the lyrics of Chaka Khan's signature song "Ain't Nobody" and placing them over an instrumental interpolation of The Human League's "Being Boiled". Additional elements from both songs were also used such as the recurring synth line from "Ain't Nobody" and the line "OK, ready? Let's do it." in the intro of the main mix are from the intro of "Being Boiled".


Critical reception[edit]

The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics. It was deemed "instantly memorable" by RTÉ.ie reviewer Linda McGee,[1] whilst Louis Pattison of NME believed it was "Truly, a record to get over-excited about."[2] Alexis Kirke of musicOMH said: "The marriage of the credible dance-bootleg production of Richard X with high profile pop-act Liberty X is not only a perfect career-expanding synergy for both, but also a powerful musical synergy in which the seventies meets the eighties during the noughties."[3] Writing for, Martin P gave the song five stars out of five and called it "It's pure pop perfection with a twist of R&B – one of the best Liberty X singles!"[4]

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Being Nobody" (Main Mix) – 3:37
  2. "Being Nobody" (Richard X Remix) – 4:25
  3. "Being Nobody" (X-Strumental) – 3:38
UK Cassette single
  1. "Being Nobody" (Main Mix) – 3:37
  2. "Being Nobody" (Richard X Remix) – 4:25
  3. "Being Nobody" (X-Strumental) – 3:38

Live performances[edit]

Liberty X first performed "Being Nobody" on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway on 8 February 2003.[6] They also performed it twice on Top of the Pops, with other performances on The National Lottery Draws and CD:UK.


Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 36
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 50
France (SNEP)[10] 88
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 79
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 3


  1. ^ McGee, Linda (5 December 2003). "Liberty X – Being Somebody". RTÉ.ie. RTÉ. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Pattison, Louis (2 April 2003). "Richard X vs Liberty X : Being Nobody". NME. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Kirke, Alexis (24 March 2003). "Richard X vs Liberty X – Being Nobody (Virgin)". musicOMH. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Martin P (17 March 2003). "UK Reviews – Richard X vs, Liberty X – Being Nobody". Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gareth stays at number one with charity tune". CBBC Newsround. BBC. 28 March 2003. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway: Season 2 Episode 5". LocateTV. 8 February 2003. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  7. ^ " – Liberty X – Being Nobody". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ " – Liberty X – Being Nobody" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ " – Liberty X – Being Nobody" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ " – Liberty X – Being Nobody" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ " – Liberty X Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Irish Singles Chart database". Irish Charts. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  13. ^ " – Liberty X – Being Nobody". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Liberty X: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.