You Haven't Done Nothin'

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"You Haven't Done Nothin'"
Front cover (Netherlands issue)
Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album Fulfillingness' First Finale
B-side "Big Brother"
Released August 7, 1974
Genre Funk
Length 3:29
Label Tamla Motown
Writer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"He's Misstra Know-It-All"
"You Haven't Done Nothin'"
"Boogie On Reggae Woman"

"You Haven't Done Nothin'" is a 1974 funk single by Stevie Wonder, taken from his album Fulfillingness' First Finale and featuring background vocals by The Jackson 5. The politically aware song became Wonder's fourth Number 1 pop hit and his tenth Number 1 soul hit.[1] In the UK the single spent five weeks on the chart, peaking at Number 30.[2]

The song was one of his angriest political statements and was aimed squarely at President Richard Nixon, who resigned two days after the record's release. The Jackson Five sing the words "Doo da wop!" repeatedly in the chorus, when Wonder sings "Jackson Five, sing along with me".[3] The song also features a thick clavinet track and an early appearance of the drum machine. The B-side "Big Brother", also a political statement, was taken from Wonder's 1972 album Talking Book.



  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 635. 
  2. ^ "You Have't Done Nothin': full Official Chart History". Retrieved January 19, 2017. 
  3. ^ Bronson, Fred (October 1, 2003). Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th ed.). Billboard Books. ISBN 978-0823-0767-72. 

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Preceded by
"Then Came You" by Dionne Warwick and The Spinners
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 2, 1974 (one week)
Succeeded by
"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman–Turner Overdrive
Preceded by
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" by Barry White
Billboard Hot Soul Singles number-one single
September 28, 1974 - October 5, 1974 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Papa Don't Take No Mess (part 1)" by James Brown
Preceded by
"Another Saturday Night" by Cat Stevens
Canadian RPM number-one single
October 26, 1974 (one week)
Succeeded by
"The Bitch Is Back" by Elton John