You Better Run

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"You Better Run"
The Young Rascals - You Better Run.jpg
Single by The Young Rascals
from the album Groovin'
B-side "Love Is a Beautiful Thing"
Released May 30, 1966
Format 7" single
Genre Rhythm and blues, blue-eyed soul
Length 2:25
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
Producer(s) The Young Rascals with Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd
The Young Rascals singles chronology
"Good Lovin'"
"You Better Run"
"Come on Up"

"You Better Run" is a song by The Young Rascals. Written by group members Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, it was released as the band's third single in 1966 and reached the top 20 in the United States.

Critical reception[edit]

A review in a 1966 issue of Billboard magazine described the song as a "big-beat wailer" and a "strong follow-up to 'Good Lovin''".[1] In the book Pioneers of Rock and Roll, author Harry Sumrall wrote that the song represented the apex of the band's sound and complimented guitarist Gene Cornish's "slashing chords".[2] Allmusic's Matthew Greenwald called it "a classic garage rocker with a punkish energy [that] showcased the band's live chops to a great effect, as well as Felix Cavaliere's awesome soul-inflected vocals."[3] Music journalist Fred Bronson noted that "You Better Run" was a commercial disappointment, having peaked at number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 after their previous single, "Good Lovin'", had reached number one.[4]

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Better Run" Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere 2:25
2. "Love Is a Beautiful Thing" Cavaliere, Gene Cornish 2:30

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1966) Peak
Canada RPM Magazine 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 20
U.S. Cash Box Top 100 23

Cover versions[edit]

Pat Benatar version[edit]

"You Better Run"
Pat Benatar - You Better Run.jpeg
Single by Pat Benatar
from the album Crimes of Passion
B-side "Out-A-Touch"
Released July 8, 1980
Format 7"
Length 3:04
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
Producer(s) Keith Olsen
Pat Benatar singles chronology
"Rated X"
"You Better Run"
"Hit Me with Your Best Shot"

Pat Benatar recorded "You Better Run" for her second album, Crimes of Passion (1980). The song was released as the album's lead single. It peaked at number 42 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #44 on the Cash Box Top 100.[5] The song appeared on the soundtrack to the 1980 film Roadie.[6] On August 1, 1981, the music video for the song was the second video ever broadcast on MTV, after the network premiered with "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.[7] It was used on D-TV's Monster Hits in 1987.

Track listing[edit]

7" Vinyl
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Better Run" Brigati, Cavaliere 3:02
2. "Out-A-Touch" Pat Benatar, Neil Geraldo, Myron Grombacher 4:16

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 31
New Zealand (RIANZ)[9] 42
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 42

Other versions[edit]

In 1966, with the band Listen, Robert Plant made his recording debut singing lead vocals on a cover version of "You Better Run", which was released as a single by CBS Records.[10][11]

In 1966, the Québec band "Les Aristots" made a French cover "Je ne vois qu'elle".

In 1980, Peter Criss recorded a cover version of the song on his solo album Out of Control, his first solo album after leaving KISS.

In 1980, the Canadian rock band Toronto recorded a version of "You Better Run" on their debut album Lookin' For Trouble.

IN 1981, Pub rock band Eddie and the Hot Rods covered the song on the group's album Fish 'n' Chips.[12]


  1. ^ "Spotlight Singles". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 78 (23): 18. 1966-06-04. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  2. ^ Sumrall, Harry (1994). Pioneers of Rock and Roll: 100 Artists Who Changed the Face of Rock. New York: Billboard Books. p. 295. ISBN 978-0-8230-7628-4. 
  3. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. ""You Better Run" - Review". Allmusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  4. ^ a b Bronson, Fred (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-8230-7677-2. 
  5. ^ a b Warner, Jay (2008). Notable Moments of Women In Music. New York: Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 225. ISBN 978-1-4234-2951-7. 
  6. ^ McCullaugh, Jim (1980-10-18). "Closeup". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 92 (42): 74. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  7. ^ Warner, Jay (2004). On This Day in Music History: Over 2,000 Popular Music Facts Covering Every Day of the Year. New York: Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-634-06693-1. 
  8. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970 - 1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  9. ^ "New Zealand charts portal - Pat Benatar". 
  10. ^ Bream, Jon (2010). Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time. Minneapolis, Minn.: Voyageur Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-7603-3955-8. 
  11. ^ Williamson, Nigel (2007). The Rough Guide to Led Zeppelin. London: Rough Guides. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-4053-8421-6. 
  12. ^ "Top Album Picks". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 92 (35): 84. 1980-08-30. ISSN 0006-2510.