Just Be Good to Me

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Not to be confused with Dub Be Good to Me or Just Be Good to Green.
"Just Be Good to Me"
Single by The S.O.S. Band
from the album On The Rise
Released 1983
Format 7" single
12" single
Cassette single
Recorded March 1983
Master Sound Studio
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre Post-disco[1]
Length 5:37 (single mix)
8:55 (12" mix)
9:04 (album mix)
Label Tabu
Writer(s) James Harris III
Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
The S.O.S. Band singles chronology
"Groovin' (That's What We're Doin')"
"Just Be Good to Me"
"Tell Me If You Still Care"

"Just Be Good to Me" is a 1983 single by The S.O.S. Band, written and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.[2] The single reached number two on the U.S. R&B chart, number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number three on the dance chart that year.[3] It was more successful in the UK where it peaked at #13 in the Spring of 1984.[4] The song has subsequently been covered by several artists, including Deborah Cox (whose version reached number eight on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart), Mariah Carey (who performed it live on her 1993 Music Box Tour and 1996 Daydream Tour), Shayne Ward (who recorded it for his 2007 album Breathless) and Faithless in 2008 in a collaboration with Dido. 2Pac also sampled the track on his 1994 album, Me Against The World, on track number 7, "Heavy In The Game" Ft. Lady Levi and Richie Rich. Norman Cook (a.k.a. Fatboy Slim) was involved with a very successful UK version with his band Beats International who took the song to number one as "Dub Be Good to Me", which featured a backing track consisting mainly of a sample of The Clash classic, "The Guns of Brixton". The song was also sampled by rapper Silkk the Shocker for his 1998 single, "Just Be Straight with Me", which also featured Destiny's Child. In 2010, Professor Green and Lily Allen released a cover reminiscent of Beats International's version titled "Just Be Good to Green", and Cher Lloyd performed it on series seven of The X Factor. In 2011, the song was performed by Simone Battle on series one of The X Factor (US).

In 2006, the song was remixed by the band Karmah with a mash-up of the sample of "Every Breath You Take" by The Police.

In 2008, Australian artist Seany B, released a version of this song, but called it "B Good 2 Me" [5]

In 2008, the song was featured on Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional Soul/R&B radio station The Vibe 98.8.

In 2014, Usher sampled this song for "She Came to Give It to You"


  1. ^ O’Donnell, Mallory (21 April 2006). "The Singles Jukebox – Jam and Lewis". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Flyte Time Official Bio". Flytetyme.com. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "((( On the Rise > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  4. ^ "SOS Band - Official Charts". official charts.com. Retrieved 30 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - B Good 2 Me - EP by Seany B". Itunes.apple.com. 2008-02-02. Retrieved 2015-07-16.