Outstanding

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"Outstanding"
Single by The Gap Band
from the album Gap Band IV
B-side "The Boys Are Back in Town"
Released November 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre R&B
Funk
Length 3:19 (album version)
6:13 (extended version)
Label Total Experience
Writer(s) Raymond Calhoun
The Gap Band singles chronology
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
(1982)
"Outstanding"
(1982)
"Party Train"
(1983)

"Outstanding" is a song originally performed by The Gap Band and written by member Raymond Calhoun. The song originally appeared on the group's platinum-selling 1982 album Gap Band IV. It is one of their signature songs and biggest hits, reaching the number one spot on the U.S. R&B Singles Chart in February 1983. "Outstanding" peaked at number fifty-one on the Hot 100.[1]


Influence[edit]

The song has been sampled frequently in hip hop and R&B songs over the years,[2] including:

Also sampled in a version of Tina Turner's "Goldeneye" hit, included only on the promotional 12" maxi-single.

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 51
UK Singles Chart 68
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 223. 
  2. ^ Sampling information at WhoSampled
Preceded by
"The Girl Is Mine" by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
Billboard's Hot Black Singles number one single
February 5, 1983
Succeeded by
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson