Giving You the Best That I Got (album)

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Giving You the Best That I Got
Studio album by Anita Baker
Released October 18, 1988
Recorded 1988
Studio Encore Studio; Yamaha International Recording; Sound Suite; Hitsville; TMF; Gnome Studios
Label Elektra
Producer Michael J. Powell
Anita Baker chronology
Giving You the Best That I Got
Singles from Giving You the Best That I Got
  1. "Giving You the Best That I Got"
    Released: September 27, 1988
  2. "Just Because"
    Released: January 1989
  3. "Lead Me into Love"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
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The Village Voice C+ [2]

Giving You the Best That I Got is the third album by American R&B/soul singer Anita Baker, released in 1988. It was Baker's first and only #1 Pop album in the US, her second #1 R&B Album, and was certified 3x platinum in 1989 by the RIAA.

Anita Baker American singer-songwriter

Anita Denise Baker is an American singer-songwriter. Starting her career in the late 1970s with the funk band Chapter 8, Baker released her first solo album, The Songstress, in 1983. In 1986, she rose to stardom following the release of her platinum-selling second album, Rapture, which included the Grammy-winning single "Sweet Love". She is regarded as one of the most popular singers of soulful romantic ballads during the height of the quiet storm period of contemporary R&B in the 1980s. As of 2017, Baker has won eight Grammy Awards and has five platinum albums and one gold album. Her vocal range is contralto.

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The title track was released as the first single from the album and became Baker's highest charting single in the US, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Giving You the Best That I Got (song) 1988 single by Anita Baker

"Giving You the Best That I Got" is a 1988 song by American R&B recording artist Anita Baker. The song appears on Baker's album of the same name, which was released in the fall of that year. The song was written by Baker, Skip Scarborough and Randy Holland.

The album earned Baker three Grammy Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

Soul Train Music Awards award

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The album peaked at number two in Jet magazine's top 20 for three weeks between February 6 and 20, 1989, [3] [4] [5] and again on the week of March 13, 1989. [6] Alex Henderson of AllMusic rated the album four points out of five, calling it not "on the par with" Baker's previous albums but better than most of R&B albums released in 1988. [7]

<i>Jet</i> (magazine) magazine

Jet is a magazine marketed to African-American readers now distributed in digital format. It was founded in 1951 by John H. Johnson of the Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago, Illinois, as an American weekly. Initially billed as "The Weekly Negro News Magazine", Jet chronicled the Civil Rights Movement from its earliest years, including the murder of Emmett Till, the Montgomery bus boycott, and the activities of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King

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"Just Because" hit number one in Jet magazine's top 20 singles on weeks of March 13, 20, and 27, 1989. [6] [8] [9] The song peaked at number one on the Hot Black Singles, making it Baker's second number one and also made the Top 40, peaking at number fourteen. [10] It has been described as a wedding reception favorite. [11]

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In the music industry, the top 40 is the current, 40 most-popular songs in a particular genre. It is the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music. Record charts have traditionally consisted of a total of 40 songs. "Top 40" or "contemporary hit radio" is also a radio format. Frequent variants of the Top 40 are the Top 10, Top 20, Top 30, Top 50, Top 75, Top 100 and Top 200.

Fatherly Knows Best |work=|publisher=Miller Freeman Books|year=1998|url= September 2010}}</ref> Storz invented the format in the early 1950s, using the number of times a record was played on jukeboxes to compose a weekly list for broadcast. The format was commercially successful, and Storz and his father Robert, under the name of the Storz Broadcasting Company, subsequently acquired other stations to use the new Top 40 format. In 1989, Todd Storz was inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

"Lead Me into Love" peaked at number six in Jet magazine's top 20 singles on weeks of June 5 and 12, 1989. [12] [13] It peaked at number four on the Hot Black Singles. [10]

Track listing

  1. "Priceless" (Garry Glenn) – 5:00
  2. "Lead Me into Love" (Steve Lane, Larry Prentiss) – 4:45
  3. "Giving You the Best That I Got" (Baker, Randy Holland, Skip Scarborough) – 4:18
  4. "Good Love" (Gary Taylor) – 5:39
  5. "Rules" (Graham Lamb, Phil Nicholl, Maggie Ryder) – 3:52
  6. "Good Enough" (Baker, James McBride) – 4:50
  7. "Just Because" (Alex Brown, Sammy McKinney, Michael O'Hara) – 5:13
  8. "You Belong to Me" (Terry Britten / Billy Livsey / Graham Lyle) – 3:43




Chart (1988)Peak
US Billboard 200 [14] 1
US Billboard Top R&B Albums [15] 1
UK Albums Chart 9


YearTitle US Pop [16] US R&B [17] [18] US AC [19]
1988"Giving You the Best That I Got"311
"Just Because"1414
1989"Lead Me into Love"-432

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