Outstanding

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"Outstanding"
GapBandOutstanding.jpg
Single by The Gap Band
from the album Gap Band IV
B-side"The Boys Are Back in Town"
ReleasedNovember 1982
Recorded1982
GenreFunk[1]
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"
(1982)
"Outstanding"
(1982)
"Party Train"
(1983)

"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 fifty-one on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Influence[edit]

The song has been sampled frequently in hip hop and R&B songs over the years,[3] including:

Also sampled in a version of Tina Turner's "Goldeneye" hit, included only on the promotional 12" maxi-single.

Chart positions[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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. ^ Sampling information at WhoSampled
  4. ^ "Interpolation (Replayed Sample) of Vocals / Lyrics - "911 / Mr. Lonely"". Who Sampled. Retrieved 3 July 2017.