Superwoman (Karyn White song)

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Single by Karyn White
from the album Karyn White
B-side "Language of Love"
Released January 2, 1989
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded March–April 1988
Genre R&B, pop
Length 5:49 (album version) / 4:30 (edit)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons
Producer(s) L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons
Karyn White singles chronology
"The Way You Love Me"
"Love Saw It"

"Superwoman" is the second single from R&B singer Karyn White's self-titled debut album, Karyn White (1988). It was her second U.S. top ten hit, peaking at number eight and her second U.S. R&B number-one hit. [1]

In 1991, the song was remade by Gladys Knight, with help from Patti LaBelle and Dionne Warwick, and it was featured on her album Good Woman. Norman Cheung and Faye Wong also released a cover version of "Superwoman" entitled "Because of Him" on her 1990 album You're the Only One. Malaysian Singer Gary Chaw had a Mandarin cover version, also named Superwoman, on his first album Blue in 2006.

The song was covered by Malaysian Idol season 1 winner Jaclyn Victor in 2006 on her second album, Inilah Jac. Heather Headley also covered it in her mini concert.[2] It is often covered in Chinese and Taiwanese singing competitions, notably Janice Yan and Jeanie Lee.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl single (UK)
  1. Superwoman (Edit) - 4:30
  2. The Way You Love Me (Edit) - 3:45
12" vinyl single (UK)
  1. Superwoman (Long Version)
  2. Superwoman (7" Version) - 4:30
  3. The Way You Love Me (New York Groove Edit)


Chart (1988–89) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 8
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[5] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6]
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[8] 9

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1989, Norman Cheung made an atv cover version in Cantonese.
  • In 1990, Chinese Diva Faye Wong made a tvb cover version in Cantonese.
  • In 1990, Barbara Mandrell covered the song on her 22nd album Morning Sun
  • In 2006, Gary Chaw made a cover version of the song in Mandarin.[9]
  • In 2006, Japanese reggae singer Metis covered the song for her album Woman.
  • In 2012, Heather Headley covered the song for her Only One in the World album.
  • In 2014, Sam Bailey covered the song for her debut album The Power of Love


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Preceded by
"Oasis" by Roberta Flack
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
January 14, 1989 – January 28, 1989
Succeeded by
"Can You Stand the Rain" by New Edition