The Sweetest Taboo

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"The Sweetest Taboo"
Taboo45.jpg
Single by Sade
from the album Promise
B-side"You're Not the Man"
Released30 September 1985 (UK)
November 1985 (US)
Format
Length4:37
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Robin Millar
Sade singles chronology
"Hang On to Your Love"
(1984)
"The Sweetest Taboo"
(1985)
"Is It a Crime?"
(1985)
Music video
"The Sweetest Taboo" on YouTube

"The Sweetest Taboo" is a song by the English band Sade, taken from their second album Promise (1985). While the song peaked at #31 on the UK Singles Chart, it fared considerably better in the United States, where it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1986, remaining in the Top 40 for 13 weeks. It also became the band's second consecutive number-one hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, following "Smooth Operator".

Reception[edit]

Tanya Rena Jefferson of AXS stated "The group allows the song to shine with its mellow and uptempo flavor. Sade sings proudly and boldly about how she is given love which brings out the best in her. The quiet storm vibe allows one to stand and groove dance to the soulful peaceful sound of the song. This song reached number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart."[1]

Track listings and formats[edit]

UK 7-inch single
  1. "The Sweetest Taboo" – 4:25
  2. "You're Not the Man" – 5:20
UK 12-inch single
  1. "The Sweetest Taboo" (Extended Version) – 5:30
  2. "You're Not the Man" – 5:20
U.S., Dutch, and New Zealand 7-inch single
  1. "The Sweetest Taboo" – 4:24
  2. "You're Not the Man" – 5:09
Dutch 12-inch single
  1. "The Sweetest Taboo" (Extended Version) – 5:27
  2. "You're Not the Man" – 5:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[2] 65
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 24
Dutch Top 40[4] 14
French Singles Chart[3] 30
German Singles Chart[5] 28
Irish Singles Chart[6] 11
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 14
UK Singles Chart[7] 31
Chart (1986) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[8] 3
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[8] 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jefferson, Tanya Rena. "Sade's 10 best songs". AXS. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 263. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. N.B. The Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid-1983 and 19 June 1988.
  3. ^ a b c "Sade – The Sweetest Taboo – swisscharts.com". SwissCharts.com. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 45 – 1985". Top 40 (in Dutch). Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Sade – The Sweetest Taboo". Musicline.de (in German). Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for Sade (from irishcharts.ie)". Imgur.com (original source published by Fireball Media). Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Official Charts > Sade". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  8. ^ a b c "Promise > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 January 2009.

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