Gonna Make You Sweat

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Gonna Make You Sweat
Gonna Make You Sweat (cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 13, 1990
GenreHip house
C+C Music Factory chronology
Gonna Make You Sweat
Anything Goes!
Singles from Gonna Make You Sweat
  1. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
    Released: November 18, 1990
  2. "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)"
    Released: March 3, 1991
  3. "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..."
    Released: June 23, 1991
  4. "Just a Touch of Love"
    Released: August 15, 1991

Gonna Make You Sweat is the debut studio album by production group C+C Music Factory, released in the US on 13 December 1990. Following on the success of contemporaries Black Box and Technotronic, Gonna Make You Sweat was a worldwide smash, reaching number two on the US Billboard 200.

The album's first single, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," took most of the world by storm[citation needed], reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in February 1991. The song also reached number one on Billboard's Top R&B Singles, Hot Dance Music/Club Play and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales as well as number three on the Australian ARIA Singles chart and UK Singles Chart. The song's opening line is frequently played during indoor sporting events as a way of maintaining enthusiasm among the spectators.

The album's follow-up singles also performed well, including the second single, "Here We Go (Let's Rock & Roll)" as well as the album's third release, "Things That Make You Go Hmmm...," both of which became top five entries on the Billboard Hot 100.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[2]

In a contemporary review, Select stated that "For every might tune like the title track, there's an over-long muddled 'What's This Word Called Love?" and "the producers knack of building indestructible House beat is matched only by their inconsistency".[3] The review concluded that the songs were over-long and have trouble sustaining interest."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Robert Clivillés and Freedom Williams except where indicated.

  1. "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" – 4:06 (featuring Martha Wash and Freedom Williams)
  2. "Here We Go, Let's Rock & Roll" – 5:42 (featuring Zelma Davis and Freedom Williams)
  3. "Things That Make You Go Hmmm..." – 5:23 (featuring Deborah Cooper and Freedom Williams)
  4. "Just a Touch of Love (Everyday)" (Clivillés) – 5:38 (featuring Zelma Davis)
  5. "A Groove of Love (What's This Word Called Love?)" – 10:00 (featuring Zelma Davis and Freedom Williams)
  6. "Live Happy" (David Cole) – 7:22 (featuring Zelma Davis)
  7. "Oooh Baby" (Cole) – 4:53 (featuring David Cole)
  8. "Let's Get Funkee" (Cole) – 4:29 (featuring Zelma Davis)
  9. "Givin' It to You" (Cole) – 4:52 (featuring David Cole)
  10. "Bang That Beat" (Cole, Williams) – 5:35 (featuring Freedom Williams)
  11. "Shade" – 8:17 (Unlisted track)


  • Deborah Cooper*, Zelma Davis*, Martha Wash*, Freedom Williams*, David Cole*, Karen Bernod, Craig Derry, Yolanda Lee, Duran Ramos, Norma Jean Wright – lead* & backing vocals
  • Robert Clivillés – keyboards, synthesizers, keyboard & synth programming, percussion, drum programming, backing vocals
  • David Cole – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Ricky Crespo – keyboards
  • Alan Friedman – keyboards, synthesizers, drums, percussion
  • Hugh McCracken – harmonica
  • Paul Pesco – guitars


  • Arranged and produced by David Cole, Robert Clivillés, Freedom Williams and Larry Yasga
  • Recorded and engineered by Rodney Ascue, Alec Head, Acar S. Key and Tony Maserati
  • Assistant engineers: Paul Berry, Bruce Calder, John Parthum, Steve Wellner
  • Mixed by Acar S. Key and Bob Rosa


  1. ^ "Gonna Make You Sweat - C+C Music Factory - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: factory". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2017-10-31.
  3. ^ a b c Andrew, Harrison (March 1991). "Reviews". Select. p. 68.