Take Your Time (Do It Right)

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"Take Your Time (Do It Right)"
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - SOS Band.jpg
Single by The S.O.S. Band
from the album S.O.S.
A-side "Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 1"
B-side "Take Your Time (Do It Right) Part 2"
Released March 18, 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Post-disco

7:40 (album version)

3:31 (single version)
Label Tabu
  • Harold Clayton
  • Sigidi
Producer(s) Sigidi
The S.O.S. Band singles chronology
"Take Your Time (Do It Right)"
"S.O.S. (Dit Dit Dit Dash Dash Dash Dit Dit Dit)"
12-inch vinyl
US label

"Take Your Time (Do It Right)" is a post-disco[1][2] song by American R&B group the S.O.S. Band from their debut studio album S.O.S. (1980). It was released as the lead single from S.O.S. on March 18, 1980, through Tabu Records, three months before the album's release.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, it reached the number-one spot on the Billboard R&B singles chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-1980.[3] On the Billboard dance chart, it went to number one for four non-consecutive weeks.[4] The single was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million copies.[5] It spent five months (21 weeks) on the US charts. "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" was a worldwide hit, however, only in New Zealand did its popularity match that of the US, peaking there likewise at number three. It was moderately successful elsewhere, reaching number 40 in Australia, number 27 in Canada and number 10 in Norway. In the UK it missed the top 40 entirely, peaking at number 51. It is ranked as the 36th biggest American hit of 1980,[6] and the 42nd in New Zealand.[7]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 40
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 19
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 27
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 3
Norway (VG-lista) 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 20
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 51
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard) 1
US Hot Soul Singles (Billboard) 1
US Cash Box Top 100[9] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1980) Position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 178
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 36
US Cash Box Top 100[11] 16

Cover versions[edit]

It was covered in 1995 by the group Max-A-Million, sampled in 2002 by Birdman on his self-titled album in the song "Baby You Can Do It" (featuring Toni Braxton) and again in 2004 by September on her debut self-titled album in the single "We Can Do It". Father MC sampled the song from the Close to You album from 1992. Alcazar sampled "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" in their song, "Paradise" from the album "Casino".


  1. ^ Hibdon, Karen (15 May 2012). "Fillmore May Festival is celebration of community". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 18 December 2014. Founded in 1977 in Atlanta, the band (...) was initially known for the post-disco hit "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" in 1979. 
  2. ^ Anitai, Tamar (6 August 2007). "Help! We're Obsessed…". MTV Buzzworthy. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 540. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 239. 
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. 1980-09-29. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  7. ^ a b "Top Selling Singles of 1980 | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1980-12-31. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  8. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Forum - Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2015-07-22. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Let's Get Serious" by Jermaine Jackson
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
June 28 – July 26, 1980
Succeeded by
"One in a Million You" by Larry Graham
Preceded by
"A Lover's Holiday" / "The Glow of Love" / "Searching" by Change
"Dynamite!" / "Jump to the Beat" by Stacy Lattisaw
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
July 5–12, 1980
July 26 – August 2, 1980
Succeeded by
"Dynamite!" / "Jump to the Beat" by Stacy Lattisaw
"Upside Down" / "I'm Coming Out" by Diana Ross