Don't Walk Away (Jade song)

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"Don't Walk Away"
Single by Jade
from the album Jade to the Max
ReleasedNovember 23, 1992
Length4:44 (album version) 3:37 (w/intro edit)
  • Vassal Benford III
  • Ronald Spearman
  • Vassal Benford III
  • Ronald Spearman
Jade singles chronology
"I Wanna Love You"
"Don't Walk Away"
"One Woman"

"Don't Walk Away" is a song by American R&B group Jade. It was released in November 23, 1992 as single from their album, Jade to the Max. It became one of the biggest Dance and R&B singles of the year. The song peaked at number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. The song samples "Jungle Jazz" by Kool and the Gang and "That Girl" by Stevie Wonder[2]. Internationally, the song also peaked within the top ten in the United Kingdom[3]. The success of the single landed the trio spots on The Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and Top of the Pops in the UK. A cover version of this track by Jenny Jones was released in January 2009. The first verse and chorus were interpolated in Diplo & Sleepy Tom's 2015 dance track "Be Right There".[4]

In 2017, Billboard ranked the song at number 52 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time.[5]

The bassline of the song was sampled by A Tribe Called Quest for the song "Award Tour", from the album Midnight Marauders.

Formats and track listings[edit]


  1. Don't Walk Away (Pop Walk)
  2. Don't Walk Away (Lite Walk)
  3. Don't Walk Away (Dark Walk)
  4. Don't Walk Away (Mack Daddy Stroll)
  5. Don't Walk Away (Album Walk)

7" Vinyl

  1. Don't Walk Away (Pop Walk)
  2. Don't Walk Away (Album Walk)

12" Vinyl

  1. Don't Walk Away (Album Walk)
  2. Don't Walk Away (A Cappella Walk)
  3. Don't Walk Away (Instrumental Walk)
  4. Don't Walk Away (TV Walk)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Javine version[edit]

"Don't Walk Away/You've Got a Friend"
Javine - You've Got A Friend.jpg
Single by Javine
from the album Surrender and Garfield The Movie OST
ReleasedAugust 9, 2004 (2004-08-09) (UK)
FormatCD single
Length"Don't Walk Away" – 3:00
"You've Got a Friend" – 04:58
Songwriter(s)"Don't Walk Away" – Vassal Gradington Benford III, Ronald Spearman
"You've Got a Friend" – Carole King
Producer(s)"Don't Walk Away" – Stargate
"You've Got a Friend" – Marius De Vries
Javine singles chronology
"Best of My Love"
"Don't Walk Away" / "You've Got a Friend"
"Touch My Fire"

"Don't Walk Away" was covered by English R&B singer Javine. It was released as a double-A side single in the UK, along with "You've Got a Friend", a cover of the Carole King classic. The double A-side single reached #16 in the UK Singles Chart.

The single was her final for Innocent Records / Virgin Records.

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD: 1

  1. Don't Walk Away (Album Version)
  2. You've Got a Friend

CD: 2

  1. Don't Walk Away (Album Version)
  2. Don't Walk Away (Armand Van Helden Club Mix)
  3. Don't Walk Away (Soda Club Edit)
  4. Don't Walk Away (Bad Boy Remix)


Chart (2004) Peak
UK Singles Chart[19] 16


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  4. ^ "Diplo Unleashes New Collab 'Be Right There' With Sleepy Tom". August 21, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time: Critics' Picks". Billboard. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
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  16. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1993". Archived from the original on November 10, 2006. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  17. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Jade – Don't Walk Away". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  19. ^ "Javine – Music Charts". Retrieved July 11, 2017.

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