Some Things You Never Get Used To

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"Some Things You Never Get Used To"
Single by Diana Ross & the Supremes
from the album Love Child
B-side "You've Been So Wonderful to Me"
Released May 21, 1968
Format Vinyl record (7" 45 RPM)
Recorded Hitsville U.S.A. (Studio A); 1968
Genre Pop, psychedelic pop, soul
Length 2:23
Label Motown
M 1126
Writer(s) Nickolas Ashford
Valerie Simpson
Producer(s) Ashford & Simpson
Diana Ross & the Supremes singles chronology
"Forever Came Today"
"Some Things You Never Get Used To"
"Love Child"
Love Child track listing
Audio sample
Alternative cover
Alternative cover

"Some Things You Never Get Used To" is a song released in 1968 by Diana Ross & the Supremes on the Motown label. The single stalled for three weeks at number 30 on the U.S. Billboard pop chart in July 1968.[1][2][3] It became the lowest-charting Supremes single since 1963 and became the catalyst for Berry Gordy to revamp songwriting for The Supremes since the loss of Motown's premier production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, whom Gordy had assigned as the group's sole producers after the success of "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes."

Shelved LP[edit]

Motown originally created an album to capitalize on the success of the single, but when the single failed to hit the top of the charts the album was scrapped, and the single was included rather on Diana Ross and the Supremes' "Love Child" LP. The shelved LP track list was intended as follows:

Side One:

1 Some Things You Never Get Used To

2 Heaven Must Have Sent You

3 He's My Sunny Boy

4 Come On And See Me

5 Can I Get A Witness

6 You've Been So Wonderful To Me

Side two:

1 My Guy

2 It's Not Unusual

3 Just A Little Misunderstanding

4 Uptight (Everything's Alright)

5 What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted

6 Blowin' In The Wind


Track listing[edit]

  • 7" single (21 May 1968) (North America/United Kingdom)
  1. "Some Things You Never Get Used To" – 2:23
  2. "You've Been So Wonderful to Me" – 2:28


Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 30
U.S. Billboard R&B Singles Chart 43
U.S. Cash Box Pop Singles Chart 22
UK Singles Chart 34


The song has never had a high-profile remake. Motown singer Frances Nero recorded a version of the song several decades after she left the company, for Ian Levine and his Motorcity Records project.[4]

It should not be confused with a 1965 song (with the same title), written by Van McCoy and recorded by Cilla Black,[5] Irma Thomas,[6] local Detroit singer Juanita Williams,[7] and Detroit band The San Remo Strings.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 80 (27): 72. 1968. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 80 (28): 68. 1968. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Company. 80 (29): 64. 1968. Retrieved 10 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Frances Nero - Out On The Floor (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Some Things You Never Get Used To: Cilla Black: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Irma Thomas - Some Things You Never Get Used To / You Don't Miss A Good Thing (Until It's Gone) (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Juanita Williams - Some Things You Never Get Used To / You Knew What You Were Gettin' (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  8. ^ "San Remo Golden Strings - Hungry For Love (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Retrieved 2016-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Don't Forget the Motor City". Retrieved 2016-10-02.