You Don't Treat Me No Good

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"You Don't Treat Me No Good"
Single by Sonia Dada
from the album Sonia Dada
ReleasedOctober 1992
Songwriter(s)Dan Pritzker
  • Daniel Laszlo
  • Dan Pritzker
Sonia Dada singles chronology
"You Don't Treat Me No Good"
"You Ain't Thinking (About Me)"

"You Don't Treat Me No Good" is a song recorded by American soul group Sonia Dada. Released in 1992, the song reached number two in New Zealand and became a number-one hit in Australia, spending four weeks atop the ARIA Singles Chart and becoming the third best-selling hit of 1993 in Australia. Eighteen years later, country music singer Jerrod Niemann released a cover version under the title "Lover, Lover", and his version reached number one on the US Hot Country Songs chart.


Glenn A. Baker of Billboard magazine described the song's chart success as "the most unexpected[…]breakout in the Australian market for many years." He also cited the song as an example of the label's success with breaking new acts outside their home markets.[1] SAFM in Adelaide was among the first stations to play the song.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Joe Rassenfoss of the Rocky Mountain News, in his review of the album, called the song a "catchy vocal entreaty."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"You Don't Treat Me No Good" debuted at number 38 on the Australian ARIA Charts on November 29, 1992.[3] After spending six weeks at the number-two position behind Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You," the song reached its peak of number one on February 28, 1993.[4] It held that position for four weeks, then fell to number four on March 28.[5] It was also ranked number three on the ARIA year-end chart.[6] In neighboring New Zealand, the song debuted at number 47 on November 29, 1992,[7] then reached its peak of number two on January 17,[8] unable to dethrone "I Will Always Love You" from the top spot for five weeks. It remained in the top 40 for 11 more weeks and ended the year as New Zealand's 27th best-selling single.[9] Although the song did not chart in the United States, the self-titled album from which it was taken sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States after its release in 1992.[10]

Official versions[edit]

  • You Don't Treat Me No Good (Edited Album Version) 03:28
  • You Don't Treat Me No Good (Album Version) 04:11
  • You Don't Treat Me No Good (Ebersold/Paige Remix) 03:25
  • You Don't Treat Me No Good (Krampf Remix) 4:19 - Appeared on 'You Ain't Thinkin' About Me' 5-Track Single



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] 3× Platinum 210,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[14] Gold 5,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Jerrod Niemann version[edit]

"Lover, Lover"
Single by Jerrod Niemann
from the album Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury
ReleasedMarch 1, 2010
FormatDigital download
Songwriter(s)Dan Pritzker
Jerrod Niemann singles chronology
"The One That Got Away"
"Lover, Lover"
"What Do You Want"

On March 1, 2010, American country music artist Jerrod Niemann released a cover version of this song under the title "Lover, Lover".[15] It was Niemann's first release on the Sea Gayle label, a sister label of Arista Nashville, as well as his fourth single release overall. It is included on his album Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, which was released in July 2010.


Niemann's recording of the song features nine vocal tracks, all of which he recorded himself and then overdubbed. He recorded eight of the vocal tracks in one day and recorded the bass backing vocals the next day.[16] Niemann once explained that his voice was hoarse from recording the eight vocal parts and was unable to record the bass vocal. He and a friend then visited the Nashville tavern Tin Roof, which is near the studio where the song was recorded, after Niemann recalled upon several occasions where the Tin Roof bartender would serve Niemann excessive doses of whiskey resulting in Niemann awakening in the morning after with an extremely low voice. With this in mind, Niemann "medicated" his vocal cords by having the Tin Roof bartender serve him Jack Daniels whiskey nonstop for approximately six hours that night and then returned to the studio the next morning to record the bass vocal.[17]


The main riff.

The song is in the key of G Major, at a moderate tempo, based around a two-measure riff played on acoustic guitar. No full chords are played in the song, although the second measure of the riff includes an open fifth consisting of C and G.[18]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for the CMT blog, Whitney Self said that Niemann "gives the tune a new feel with his contagious beats and acoustic guitar."[19] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock called it "soulful, catchy and distinctive," giving it a four-star rating out of five.[20]

Music video[edit]

Potsy Ponciroli directed the music video, which features Niemann playing guitar while singing the song on a porch. It was filmed in Nashville, Tennessee. Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser make cameos at the end.[21]

Chart performance[edit]

"Lover, Lover" debuted at number 52 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending March 6, 2010.[22] On the week of August 14, 2010, it became his first number one on the Hot Country Songs charts.[23] It finished at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart and 22 on the Hot Country Songs year-end chart.[23]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[24] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 29
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[26] 49

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 100
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[28] 22


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  2. ^ Rassenfoss, Joe (30 July 1993). "Sonia Dada's debut delivers". Rocky Mountain News.
  3. ^ "Single Top 50 29/11/1992". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Single Top 50 28/02/1993". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Single Top 50 28/03/1993". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b "ARIA Charts end of the year listing for 1993". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Single Top 40 29/11/1992". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Single Top 40 17/01/1993". Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b "End of Year Charts 1993". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  10. ^ Skelly, Richard. "Sonia Dada biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  11. ^ " – Sonia Dada – You Don't Treat Me No Good". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  12. ^ " – Sonia Dada – You Don't Treat Me No Good". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  13. ^ "1993 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  14. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Sonia Dada – You Don't Treat Me No Good". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "Jerrod Niemann releases debut Arista single". All Access. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  16. ^ Roland, Tom (28 April 2010). "Jerrod Niemann gets repetitious". Great American Country. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  17. ^ "JERROD NIEMANN'S LAST-MINUTE DECISION PROVES TO BE GOOD MOVE". Retrieved 3 December 2010.[dead link]
  18. ^ "'Lover, Lover' sheet music". Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  19. ^ Self, Whitney (16 April 2010). "Jerrod Niemann's "Lover, Lover" Is Contagious". CMT. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  20. ^ Peacock, Bobby (19 March 2010). "Jerrod Niemann — "Lover, Lover"". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 2 May 2010. Retrieved 19 April 2010.
  21. ^ Truitt, Brian (1 June 2011). "Country star Jerrod Niemann lives it up on the road and prepares for the CMT Music Awards". USA Weekend. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  22. ^ Morris, Edward (27 February 2010). "Lady Antebellum and Josh Turner Still Ride Tallest in the Saddle". CMT. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  23. ^ a b "Niemann scores his first number one". Country Standard Time. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2010.
  24. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  25. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  26. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  27. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
  28. ^ "Jerrod Niemann Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-31.

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