S.S.T. (song)

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US CD single cover
Single by Prince
B-side"Brand New Orleans"
ReleasedSeptember 3, 2005
RecordedPaisley Park Studios, September 2005
GenrePop rock
Prince singles chronology
"Glass Cutter"
"Te Amo Corazón"

"S.S.T." is a song by American musician Prince which was recorded and released directly after the impact of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. It was officially released as a digital download by the NPG Music Club on September 3, 2005 and reached number one on the iTunes R&B chart. It was later made available as a CD single through commercial outlets.[1] All proceeds from the recording went to hurricane relief.

The song's title alludes to Sade's 1985 song "The Sweetest Taboo", which is namechecked more than once in the lyrics.[2] "S.S.T." also refers to sea surface temperature, which is used to monitor the threat of hurricanes.

The B-side of the single is the instrumental "Brand New Orleans".


Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 11
US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales 8
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales 22
US Billboard Pop 100 67
US Billboard Hot Digital Songs 56


  1. ^ "S.S.T. - Prince Vault". www.princevault.com. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  2. ^ Giles, Jeff. "Prince Lends a Hand to Hurricane Katrina Survivors With 'S.S.T.': 365 Prince Songs in a Year". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 2020-06-23.