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Single by the Gap Band
from the album Gap Band IV
B-side"The Boys Are Back in Town"
ReleasedNovember 1982
Length3:19 (album version)
6:13 (extended version)
LabelTotal Experience
Songwriter(s)Raymond Calhoun
The Gap Band singles chronology
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
"Party Train"

"Outstanding" is a song originally performed by the Gap Band and written by member Raymond Calhoun. The song originally appeared on the group's platinum-selling 1982 album Gap Band IV. It is one of their signature songs and biggest hits, reaching the number one spot on the U.S. R&B Singles Chart in February 1983. "Outstanding" peaked at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
UK Singles Chart 68
US Billboard Hot 100 51
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 1

Cover versions[edit]

The song was later covered by British singer Kenny Thomas in 1990. It reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.[3] In 1999, footballer Andy Cole signed to WEA/Warner Music and released his version of "Outstanding" with added rap verses. Cole's version reached number 68 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]


  1. ^ La Haine/Métisse - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 223.
  3. ^ "Outstanding | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "ANDY COLE | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts.

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