All pages beginning with "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 Funk[1]
Length 3:19 (album version)
6:13 (extended version)
Label Total Experience
Songwriter(s) Raymond Calhoun
The Gap Band singles chronology
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
"Party Train"
"You Dropped a Bomb on Me"
"Party Train"

"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 Billboard Hot 100.[2]


The song has been sampled frequently in hip hop and R&B songs over the years,[3] including:

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

Chart positions

Chart (1982) Peak
UK Singles Chart 68
US Billboard Hot 100 51
US Billboard Hot Black Singles 1


  1. ^ La Haine/Métisse - Original Soundtrack Songs, Reviews, Credits AllMusic
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 223. 
  3. ^ Sampling information at WhoSampled
  4. ^ "Interpolation (Replayed Sample) of Vocals / Lyrics - "911 / Mr. Lonely"". Who Sampled. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
Preceded by
"The Girl Is Mine" by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
February 5, 1983
Succeeded by
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson