What Cha' Gonna Do for Me (song)

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"What Cha' Gonna Do for Me"
What Cha' Gonna Do for Me - Chaka Khan.jpeg
Single by Chaka Khan
from the album What Cha' Gonna Do for Me
B-side "Lover's Touch"
Released May 1981
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 3:54
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Ned Doheny
Hamish Stuart
Chaka Khan singles chronology
"Get Ready, Get Set"
"What Cha' Gonna Do for Me"
"We Can Work It Out"
"Get Ready, Get Set"
"What Cha' Gonna Do For Me"
"We Can Work It Out"

"What Cha' Gonna Do For Me" is the title track of Chaka Khan's third solo-album from 1981. The single was written by Ned Doheny and Hamish Stuart.[1]

The song was the second of four number-one singles on the R&B chart for Khan and was at the top spot for two weeks. The single was also her second entry on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 53.[2] On the Cash Box Top 100, "What Cha' Gonna Do For Me" reached number 49.[3]

In New Zealand, the song peaked at #21.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
New Zealand [4] 21
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 53
U.S. Billboard R&B[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Dance 22
US Cash Box Top 100[5] 49


  1. ^ White, Adam; Bronson, Fred (1993). The Billboard Book of Number One Rhythm & Blues Hits. Billboard Books:Watson-Guptill Publications, New York. p. 286. 
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 321. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ a b "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Nztop40.co.nz. 1981-08-02. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  5. ^ [2][dead link]

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Preceded by
"A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)" by Ray Parker Jr.
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
May 30 - June 6, 1981
Succeeded by
"Give It to Me Baby" by Rick James