Giving You the Best That I Got

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Giving You the Best That I Got
Studio album by Anita Baker
Released October 18, 1988
Recorded Encore Studio; Yamaha International Recording; Sound Suite; Hitsville; TMF; Gnome Studios
Length 34:33
Label Elektra
Producer Michael J. Powell
Anita Baker chronology
Giving You the Best That I Got
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]

Giving You the Best That I Got is the third album by the American R&B/soul singer Anita Baker. It was Baker's first and only #1 Pop album in the US, the second #1 R&B Album, and was certified 3x platinum in 1989 by the RIAA.

The title track was released as the first single from the album and became Baker's highest charting single in the US, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album also earned Baker three Grammy Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Priceless" (Garry Glenn) 5:00
  2. "Lead Me Into Love" (Steve Lane, Larry Prentiss) 4:45
  3. "Giving You the Best That I Got" (Baker, Randy Holland, Skip Scarborough) 4:18
  4. "Good Love" (Gary Taylor) 5:39
  5. "Rules" (Graham Lamb, Phil Nicholl, Maggie Ryder) 3:52
  6. "Good Enough" (Baker, James McBride) 4:50
  7. "Just Because" (Alex Brown, Sammy McKinney, Michael O'Hara) 5:13
  8. "You Belong to Me" (Terry Britten, Billy Livsey, Graham Lyle) 3:43


  • Executive Producer: Anita Baker
  • Produced By Michael J. Powell
  • Mixed & Engineered By Nick Viterelli, Elliot Peters, Bruce Nazarian, Milton Chan, Craig Burbridge, Mike Brown
  • Mastered By Bernie Grundman
  • A&R By Raoul Roach



Chart (1988) Peak
US Billboard 200 1
US Billboard Top R&B Albums 1
UK Album Chart 9


Year Title US Pop[5] US R&B[6] US AC
1988 "Giving You the Best That I Got" 3 1 1
"Just Because" 14 1 4
1989 "Lead Me Into Love" - 4 32

Preceded by
Rattle and Hum by U2
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 24, 1988 - January 20, 1989
Succeeded by
Don't Be Cruel by Bobby Brown


  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Giving You the Best That I Got > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Giving You the Best That I Got > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  3. ^ Anita Baker Albums chart
  4. ^ Anita Baker R&B Albums chart
  5. ^ Anita Baker Singles chart
  6. ^ Anita Baker R&B Singles chart

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