Ai No Corrida (song)

"Ai No Corrida" is a song by the English singer and multi-instrumentalist Chaz Jankel, written by Jankel and Kenny Young. The title is based on the Japanese title of the erotic film In the Realm of the Senses.[1] It was first recorded in 1980 and featured on Chaz Jankel's debut album Chas Jankel for A&M Records. The song's recording by Quincy Jones was a top 30 hit in the United States, and won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instrumental and Vocals in 1982.[2]

"Ai No Corrida"
Ai No Corrida.jpg
Single by Chaz Jankel
from the album Chas Jankel
B-side"Lenta Latina"
Released10 August 1980 (1980-08-10)
Length4:07 (single version)
9:10 (album version)
Producer(s)Chaz Jankel
Chaz Jankel singles chronology
"One Morning One Evening"
"Ai No Corrida"
"Am I Honest With Myself Really?"

Original versionEdit

"Ai No Corrida" is a song written by Chaz Jankel and Kenny Young, first recorded in 1980 and featured on Jankel's self-titled debut album for A&M Records.


Chart (1981) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 18

Cover versionsEdit

Quincy Jones versionEdit

"Ai No Corrida"
Single by Quincy Jones
from the album The Dude
B-side"There's a Train Leavin'"
ReleasedApril 1981
GenreDisco, R&B, Soul
Producer(s)Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones singles chronology
"Stuff Like That"
"Ai No Corrida"
"Just Once"
Music video
"Ai No Corrida" on YouTube

The song was covered by Quincy Jones in 1981 on his album The Dude, with vocals by Dune (a.k.a. Charles May) and Patti Austin. Jones's version peaked at number 28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 on the R&B chart.[4] In the UK, it peaked at number 14 in May 1981.


Jerry Hey and Jones received the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for their recording of this song.

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (1981) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[5] 74
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 20
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 23
Japan (Oricon) 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 16
UK Singles (OCC)[10] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 28
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 10
US Billboard Disco/Dance 5

Spanish versionEdit

Jones also recorded a Spanish-language version for the 2006 charity album Rhythms del mundo, with vocals by Vania Borges.[citation needed]

Uniting Nations versionEdit

"Ai No Corrida"
Single by Uniting Nations featuring Laura More
from the album One World
Released7 November 2005 (2005-11-07)[13]
Length3:10 (radio edit)
Uniting Nations singles chronology
"You and Me"
"Ai No Corrida"
"Music in Me"
Laura More singles chronology
"Ai No Corrida"
Music video
"Ai No Corrida" on YouTube

British dance music act Uniting Nations released the song as their third single from the band album One World after the success of "Out of Touch" and "You and Me".

The song featured the vocals of Laura More of Eric Prydz and "Call On Me" fame. The backing vocals are from Steve M. Smith and Yolanda Quartey. The song was produced by Essex Buddha, with Hal Ritson as sample replay producer, and came in 12-inch vinyl, in enhanced CD (which included the video).

Track listingsEdit

12-inch single

A. Ai No Corrida (Sharp Boys dub) (7:44)
B. Ai No Corrida (Uniting Nations extended mix) (6:02)

CD single

  1. "Ai No Corrida" (Uniting Nations radio edit) (2:49)
  2. "Ai No Corrida" (original radio edit) (3:10)
  3. "Ai No Corrida" (Uniting Nations extended mix) (6:01)
  4. "Ai No Corrida" (Sharp Boys club mix) (7:43)
  5. "Ai No Corrida" (video)


Chart (2005–2006) Peak
Denmark (Tracklisten)[14] 16
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 37
Scotland (OCC)[17] 14
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 43
UK Singles (OCC)[19] 18

Japanese versionEdit

In Japan, 1981, a Japanese-language version was released by RVC, performed by Japanese unit BIG BANG (Yoshifumi Oba, Yoshihiko Shiraishi, Katsumi Takeichi, Shunji Inoue), produced by Koichi Fujita.


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  2. ^ "Grammy Awards 1982". Awards and Shows.
  3. ^ "Chas Jankel – Ai No Corrida" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 307.
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 161. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  6. ^ "Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Ai No Corrida". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  9. ^ "Quincy Jones – Ai No Corrida". Singles Top 100.
  10. ^ "Quincy Jones: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Quincy Jones Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Quincy Jones Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "New Releases: Singles". Music Week. 5 November 2005. p. 25. Misprinted as 00.00.05.
  14. ^ "Uniting Nations feat. Laura More – Ai No Corrida". Tracklisten.
  15. ^ "Uniting Nations: Ai No Corrida" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  16. ^ " – Discography Uniting Nations". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 18 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "Uniting Nations feat. Laura More – Ai No Corrida". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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