Music Sounds Better with U

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"Music Sounds Better with U"
Single by Big Time Rush featuring Mann
from the album Elevate
Released November 1, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Length 3:10
Label Nickelodeon, Columbia
Songwriter(s) Ryan Tedder, Thomas Bangalter, Benjamin Cohen, Brent Kutzle, Eric Bellinger, Frank Musker, Noel Zancanella, Alain Quême, Big Time Rush, Dominic Bugatti
Producer(s) Ryan Tedder
Big Time Rush singles chronology
"Music Sounds Better with U"
"Windows Down"
"Music Sounds Better with U"
"Windows Down"
Mann singles chronology
"The Mack"
"Music Sounds Better with U"
"Dance With You"

"Music Sounds Better with U" is a song by American boy band Big Time Rush from their second studio album, Elevate. The song features American rapper Mann. "Music Sounds Better With U" was leaked two weeks before its official release, which was on November 1, 2011, as the first single from Elevate.


The band co-wrote the song with Noel Zancanella, Eric Bellinger, and OneRepublic members Ryan Tedder & Brent Kutzle. Production of the song was also handled by Tedder. On Big Time Radio, it was announced that before the final cut, there were around "nine or ten versions of the song".[1] The track covers the chorus from Stardust's 1998 song of the same name (written by Thomas Bangalter, Benjamin Diamond, and Alan Braxe).[2][3]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video premiered on Nickelodeon on November 12, 2011.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[5]
  1. "Music Sounds Better With U" – 3:09
  • UK CD Single[6]
  1. "Music Sounds Better With U (Album Version)" – 3:09
  2. "Epic" – 3:27
  3. "Music Sounds Better With U (Instrumental)" – 3:02
  • UK Digital download[7]
  1. "Music Sounds Better With U (Album Version)" – 3:09
  2. "Music Sounds Better With U (Instrumental)" – 3:02

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[8] 26
US Airplay Top 100 29
US Kid Digital Songs 1
Portugal Singles Top 50 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 61


  1. ^ Big Time Radio Montage #2. SoundCloud. 5:40 minutes in. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  2. ^ Big Time Radio Montage #2. SoundCloud. 6:00 minutes in. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  3. ^ "WORLD PREMIERE: Listen To Big Time Rush's New Single 'Music Sounds Better With U' [AUDIO]". Ryan Seacrest. 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2014-01-05. 
  4. ^ Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Music Sounds Better With U (feat. Mann) - Single". 
  6. ^ "Big Time Rush: Music Sounds Better With U (CD Single)". 
  7. ^ "Big Time Rush: Music Sounds Better With U (UK Digital Single)". 
  8. ^ "Big Time Rush – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Big Time Rush. Retrieved February 11, 2012.