Tuff Enuff (song)

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"Tuff Enuff"
Single by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
from the album Tuff Enuff
B-side "Look at That, Look at That"
Released 1986 (1986)
Format 45-rpm record
Recorded 1985
Genre Blues rock
Length 3:21
Songwriter(s) Kim Wilson
Producer(s) Dave Edmunds
The Fabulous Thunderbirds singles chronology
"Tuff Enuff"
"Wrap It Up"

"Tuff Enuff" is a song by the blues rock band the Fabulous Thunderbirds. It was written by the band's lead singer, Kim Wilson. The song was included on the album Tuff Enuff and was produced by Dave Edmunds.

Released as a single in 1986, "Tuff Enuff" peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number four on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[1] and it reached the top 20 charts in other countries.[2] It was ranked number 96 on VH1's "100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s".

It was the band's first single and has since become its best-known song. It also had an accompanying music video directed by Harry Lake.

The song was covered by Wynonna Judd for her 2000 album, New Day Dawning. In 2015, the song was performed by Dave Grohl and his band the Foo Fighters on Austin City Limits, with guest artists Gary Clark, Jr. and former Thunderbird Jimmie Vaughan.


Critical reception[edit]

The Michigan Daily called the song "a real rocker."[3] The Reading Eagle called it "an unforgettable R&B scorcher."[4]

In popular culture[edit]

The song has been used in multiple films. It appeared in the 1986 film Gung Ho, starring Michael Keaton and Gedde Watanabe, the 1986 film The Naked Cage, starring Shari Shattuck and Angel Tompkins, the 1986 film Tough Guys, starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, the 1991 film Ricochet, starring Denzel Washington and John Lithgow and the 2007 film The Game Plan, starring Dwayne Johnson and Madison Pettis. It also appeared on the television series Married... with Children.[5] Finally, "Tuff Enuff" and the Fabulous Thunderbirds are mentioned on American Dad!, in the episode "Family Affair", in season 5 .


  1. ^ AllMusic
  2. ^ Ross, Thomas (September 12, 1986). "Fabulous T-Birds bringing red-hot act to Bowling Green". Daily News. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "The Fabulous Thunderbirds: Tuff Enuff". The Michigan Daily. March 7, 1986. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ Knause, Tom (March 23, 1986). "Thunderbirds Take Off on "Tuff Enuff"". Reading Eagle. Retrieved March 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ IMDB.com