Candy (Cameo song)

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Single by Cameo
from the album Word Up!
Released October 21, 1986
Genre Pop,Funk
Length 5:39
4:20 (7" edit)
Label Atlanta Artists
Writer(s) Larry Blackmon
Tomi Jenkins
Producer(s) Larry Blackmon
Cameo singles chronology
"Word Up!"
"Back and Forth"
Music video
"Candy" on YouTube

"Candy" is a song by funk group Cameo, released as the second single from their 1986 album Word Up!. It reached number twenty-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the R&B charts in 1987 in the U.S.[1] The song has recently been featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and can be heard on the Bounce FM radio station in the game. The song features a solo by saxophonist Michael Brecker.

The music video, shot in HD, was directed by Zbigniew Rybczyński. Set against a backdrop of Times Square and various neon signs, the video features a high level of video compositing, with multiple layers of the band members and dancers appearing on screen at once.

"Honey", a reworked version with different lyrics was included on their next album, Machismo.


Chart (1986–87) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Disco-Club Play chart[2] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 21


The song has been sampled by various artists, including 2Pac ("All Bout U", featured on his album All Eyez on Me), Will Smith ("Candy", on his album Big Willie Style), and Mariah Carey ("Loverboy", on the soundtrack to the film Glitter); the latter song would reach #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001. The Black Eyed Peas sampled it for the song "Ba Bump" from their album Monkey Business. Tichina Arnold sampled the basis for her song "Sweet Love" off her album "Soul Free." The Song was also sampled by R&B singer Jacquees on his song "Come Thru" which features hip-hop artist Rich Homie Quan.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song appears in the 1999 film The Best Man.
  • The song appears in the 2010 film "Death at a Funeral".
  • British comedian Javone Prince finishes each episode of The Javone Prince Show with 'Candy Time', during which the audience and cast dance to the song.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 98. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 48. 

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Preceded by
"Stop to Love" by Luther Vandross
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
January 31–February 7, 1987
Succeeded by
"Falling" by Melba Moore