Different Strokes by Different Folks

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Different Strokes by Different Folks
Remix album by Sly and the Family Stone

United States 13 July 2005 (12-track release)

United StatesUnited Kingdom 31 January 2006 (14-track release)
Genre Soul
Length 61:49
Label Hear Music (12-track release)
Epic Records (14-track release)
Producer Sylvester Stewart
Jerry Goldstein, Glenn Stone, Steve Berkowitz, Ken Komisar (executive)
Alternative cover
Starbucks 12-track version
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
PopMatters 4/10 stars [2]

Different Strokes by Different Folks is a remix and cover album by American rock, funk, and soul band Sly and the Family Stone.


Released first as a Starbucks-exclusive in 2005, this version (recognizable by its black background cover) featured 12 tracks. The extended 14-track version of the album was released in 2006 by Epic Records It included 2 additional tracks, namely "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey" and "Thank You Nation 1814". Each of the tracks is a remix of a previously released Sly and The Family Stone song.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Guest Artists Length
1. "Dance to the Music"   will.i.am 4:04
2. "Everyday People"   Maroon 5 2:46
3. "Star"   The Roots 4:25
4. "Runnin' Away"   Big Boi feat. Sleepy Brown & Killer Mike 4:04
5. "Family Affair"   John Legend & Joss Stone with Van Hunt 3:42
6. "(You Caught Me) Smilin'"   Scar, Cee Lo Green, Big Boi & DJ Swiff 3:52
7. "If You Want Me to Stay"   Devin Lima 3:32
8. "I Get High On You"   The Wylde Bunch 3:36
9. "Love City"   Moby 4:57
10. "You Can Make It If You Try"   Buddy Guy & John Mayer 5:34
11. "Sing a Simple Song"   Chuck D, D'Angelo & Isaac Hayes 6:37
12. "I Want to Take You Higher"   Steven Tyler & Robert Randolph 5:09
13. "Don't Call Me Nigger, Whitey"   Nappy Roots feat. Martin Luther 4:07
14. "Thank You Rhythm Nation 1814"   Janet Jackson & DJ Reset 5:17


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sly & The Family Stone: Different Strokes By Different Folks > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ Vrabel, Jeff (23 January 2006). "Various: Different Strokes By Different Folks". PopMatters.