Rock Steady (The Whispers song)

"Rock Steady" is a single released by American group the Whispers, from their 18th studio album Just Gets Better with Time (1987). It was produced by the production duo Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

"Rock Steady"
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A-side label of U.S. 12-inch vinyl single
Single by the Whispers
from the album Just Gets Better with Time
ReleasedJune 13, 1987 (1987-06-13)
Recorded1987
GenreNew jack swing, funk[1]
Length4:49
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • L.A. Reid
  • Babyface
The Whispers singles chronology
"And the Beat Goes On"
(1980)
"Rock Steady"
(1987)
"Special F/X"
(1987)
Alternative cover art
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Artwork for Belgian vinyl releases
Music video
"Rock Steady" on YouTube

Chart performanceEdit

It was released on June 13, 1987,[2] and to date has been their highest charting single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number seven in late August, and was their second and final number one on the Hot Black Singles Chart.[3]

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Weekly chart performance for "Rock Steady"
Chart (1987) Peak
position
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 45
UK Singles (OCC)[5] 38
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 7
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

1987 year-end chart performance for "Rock Steady"
Chart (1987) Position
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[8] 73
US Crossover Singles (Billboard)[9] 8

Songs influenced by "Rock Steady"Edit

  • A re-recorded version of the instrumental from this song was used on Kylie Minogue's song "Look My Way" from her debut album Kylie (1988).[10] The actual instrumental from "Rock Steady" was sampled in the truncated version of "Look My Way" that appeared on Minogue's 1993 remix album Kylie's Non-Stop History 50+1.[11]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Big Gigantic (September 20, 2016). "The 30 Best Funk Songs Ever". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  2. ^ 1019. The Whispers - Rock Steady (CD-Maxi) - 1987 Crawlability, Inc. Retrieved 10-22-2010.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 620.
  4. ^ "The Whispers – Rock Steady" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  5. ^ "The Whispers: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  6. ^ "The Whispers Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  7. ^ "The Whispers Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  8. ^ "1987 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 99, no. 52. December 26, 1987.
  9. ^ "1987 The Year in Music & Video: Top Hot Crossover Singles". Billboard. Vol. 99, no. 52. December 26, 1987. p. Y-27. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  10. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Kylie Minogue - Look My Way (Official Audio). YouTube.
  11. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Look My Way. YouTube.