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"Make No Mistake, He's Mine" is a song written by Kim Carnes and recorded as a duet by Barbra Streisand and Carnes in 1984 and subsequently by Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers under the title of "Make No Mistake, She's Mine". Both versions charted.

"Make No Mistake, He's Mine"
Barbra Streisand & Kim Carnes - Make No Mistake, He's Mine.jpg
Single by Kim Carnes and Barbra Streisand
from the album Emotion
ReleasedDecember 1984 (1984-12)
Songwriter(s)Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes singles chronology
"I Pretend"
"Make No Mistake, He's Mine"
"Invitation to Dance"
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"Left in the Dark"
"Make No Mistake, He's Mine"

Carnes said that in the wake of Glee's version with a man and woman singing about a female lover, there were now "three different meanings of the song", regarding this malleability of the piece as "rewarding and gratifying".[1]


Barbra Streisand and Kim Carnes recordingEdit

The song was recorded by Streisand and Carnes, co-produced (with Bill Cuomo) by Carnes, It was released on Streisand's 1984 album Emotion and released as a single in December 1984, it hit #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1985.[2]

In 2002, the track would re-appear on Streisand's compilation Duets. It also surfaced as a solo recording by Carnes, as a bonus track on a CD reissue of Carnes' album Barking at Airplanes and as a track on Carnes' compilation album Gypsy Honeymoon (1993).

1985 saw Carnes become the first artist to appear on the Billboard charts as part of a solo (Invitation To Dance), duet (Make No Mistake, He's Mine), and trio (What About Me?) at the same time.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

Billboard said Streisand was "wonderfully feisty" in this duet.[4] Orange Coast Magazine said the song featured "brilliant vocal performances", and sounded as contemporary in 1993 as it did in 1984.[5] New Straight Times thought the "lovely song" was a great companion piece to The Girl Is Mine, due to its theme of possessiveness between rivals.[6]


Chart (1984-1985) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles[7] 89
Spain Top 40 Radio[8] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 92
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 51
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[11] 8
"Make No Mistake, She's Mine"
Single by Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers
from the album Heart & Soul (Ronnie Milsap) and I Prefer the Moonlight (Kenny Rogers)
B-side"You're My Love (Rogers)"
ReleasedJune 1987
RecordedMay 1987
GenreCountry, pop
Songwriter(s)Kim Carnes
Producer(s)Rob Galbraith, Kyle Lehning
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"Snap Your Fingers"
"Make No Mistake, She's Mine"
"Where Do the Nights Go"
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"Twenty Years Ago"
"Make No Mistake, She's Mine"
"I Prefer the Moonlight"

Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers recordingEdit

"Make No Mistake, She's Mine" was recorded as a duet single by country pop artists Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers in 1987.

The song topped the Billboard country chart and peaked at No. 42 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was later included on Ronnie Milsap's Heart & Soul and Kenny Rogers' I Prefer the Moonlight.

The song won a Grammy award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.


Chart (1987) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[12] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[13] 42
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

In popular cultureEdit


  1. ^ Leszczak, Bob (2016-11-15). Dynamic Duets: The Best Pop Collaborations from 1955 to 1999. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781442271500.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 47.
  3. ^ Crouse, Richard (2000-04-26). Big Bang, Baby: Rock Trivia. Dundurn. ISBN 9780888822192.
  4. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2002-12-07). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  5. ^ Communications, Emmis (1993-04-01). Orange Coast Magazine. Emmis Communications.
  6. ^ "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  7. ^ "RPM Weekly Top Singles - Volume 41, No. 19 Jan 19, 1985". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  11. ^ "Barbra Streisand Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  12. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 233.
  13. ^ "Kenny Rogers Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.