Cool It Now

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"Cool It Now"
Cool it now.jpg
Single by New Edition
from the album New Edition
Released August 27, 1984
Format 7 inch single, 12 inch single, CD single
Recorded 1984
Genre Post-disco[1]
Length 6:00 (album version)
4:12 (single version)
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Vincent Brantley, Rick Timas
Producer(s) Vincent Brantley, Rick Timas
New Edition singles chronology
"Popcorn Love/Jealous Girl"
"Cool It Now"
"Mr. Telephone Man"
"Popcorn Love/Jealous Girl"
"Cool It Now"
"Mr. Telephone Man"

"Cool It Now" is a 1984 hit single by American group New Edition, and is the first single from their eponymous second album, New Edition. In the US, the song entered the Hot Black Singles chart on September 1, 1984.[2] The song peaked at number 4 in January 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[3]


With the group now signed to MCA Records, "Cool It Now" (and the album from which it came) was given more extensive and widespread promotion than any single from their previous album (which had been released through a smaller, independent label), and helped bring the group a bigger fan base. The song was the group's first top 10 pop single, peaking at number four on the pop chart, and their second number one R&B hit.[4]

The song is notable for a midsection rap recited by lead singer Ralph Tresvant, which calls out the rest of the group: "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike." In later years, the rap has been changed to include "Johnny" for the last member to join, Johnny Gill, either including his name as a fifth name called out or replacing "Bobby".

Robbers on High Street recorded a cover of the song for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November 2008.[5]


Chart (1984/85) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ One Hit Wonder Center - One-Hit Wonder Music of the 50's~90's: "There are also tracks to represent the rise of post-disco club/dance trend, such as Laid Back's "White Horse", New Edition's "Cool It Now", and Timex Social Club's " Rumors" ". Retrieved on August 12, 2009.
  2. ^ "Hot Black Singles". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media: 56. December 15, 1984. 
  3. ^ "Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 428. 
  5. ^ Matthew Solarski (19 November 2008). "My Brightest Diamond, Frightened Rabbit Do Covers". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  6. ^ "American single certifications – New Edition – Cool It Now". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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Preceded by
"I Feel for You" by Chaka Khan
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
November 24, 1984
Succeeded by
"Solid" by Ashford & Simpson