Don't Be Cruel (Bobby Brown song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Don't Be Cruel"
DontBeCruel - BBrown.jpg
Single by Bobby Brown
from the album Don't Be Cruel
ReleasedMay 16, 1988
StudioSilverlake Recording Studios
  • 6:48 (album version)
  • 4:15 (single version)
  • L.A. Reid
  • Babyface
Bobby Brown singles chronology
"Girl Next Door"
"Don't Be Cruel"
"My Prerogative"

"Don't Be Cruel" is a song recorded by American singer Bobby Brown. Taken from his second and most successful album as its title track, the song was written and produced by the songwriting and production duo Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Antonio "L.A." Reid, with additional writing by Daryl Simmons.

Chart performance[edit]

"Don't Be Cruel" was Brown's second single to reach the top position of the R&B chart where it remained for two weeks. As a pop crossover, it rose from number 59 to number 49, on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, the week of August 13, 1988 but it took two months to finally peak at number eight the week of October 15, 1988.[2] In October 2004, Don't Be Cruel appeared in popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on fictional new jack swing radio station CSR 103.9.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in Boston in May 1988. It is similar to Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel", in which a man eagerly pursues the love of a lady on a blue-lit city street.


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 39
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 18
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 8
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 1


  1. ^ Josephs, Brian (July 20, 2012). "The 25 Best New Jack Swing Songs". Complex. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 81.
  3. ^ " – Bobby Brown – Don't Be Cruel" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  4. ^ " – Bobby Brown – Don't Be Cruel". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  5. ^ "Bobby Brown: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  6. ^ "Bobby Brown Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Bobby Brown Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 19, 2017.

External links[edit]