Ride On Time (4:10)

Cover of Dreamland

From Dreamland and 203 other releases

“Ride on Time” is a 1989 song recorded by the band Black Box. It was later released on their 1990 debut LP Dreamland. The song was a chart success in many countries and a number-one hit in the UK and Ireland. The song was written and produced by the Italian production team Groove Groove Melody, consisting of DJ Daniele Davoli, programmer Mirko Limoni and musician Valerio Semplici. The team worked with French model Katrin Quinol, who was the face and image for the group Black Box. In the video and in live performances Quinol lip-synced to the original vocals. The song sampled Loleatta Holloway’s 1980 disco hit “Love Sensation” and attracted some controversy for the uncredited use of Holloway’s vocals from that song. Holloway’s counsel engaged in a press attack on Black Box, successfully securing a settlement that paid the singer an undisclosed sum; the group had legally cleared the samples with Salsoul Records, who had released the original track, but Holloway was in arrears for advances from the label and thus was not recompensed by Salsoul.

A re-recording of the song with uncredited vocals by Heather Small was released as “Ride on Time (remix)” (later released as “massive mix”) in the second week of September 1989, and the original Holloway version was discontinued from distribution.

The song’s title derives from a sample of Holloway singing the lyrics “Thank you baby, ‘cause you’re right on time”.


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  • Mano777

    The Cutting Edge movie memories

    2 Jan 7:41pm Reply
  • goodmusic52

    great memories with this song ..

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Amrabart

    this is the jam

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Phreakerz

    marksplace2008, it's really annoying because I have the CD with the original vocal, but iTunes Match is giving me the newer vocal. I had to add a track called Ride On Time (Original Version) so that it would upload it.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • marksplace2008

    Little known fact: Heather Small from M People re-recorded the vocals for Black Box single Ride On Time after the original Loleatta Holloway sampled one was withdrawn from sale after it reached No.1 and a new version was released afterwards containing Heather's vocals. Over half the sales for the single in 1989 were for Heather's version.

    17 Aug 2013 Reply
  • vspeedoflight

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    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • aarif69

    Classico !

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • e-voice

    einfach super

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • andrewmartinuk

    This track is officially the best song to do the hoovering to. Makes hoovering feel like it's lasted about 2 seconds, and you can belt out the vocals at the same time.

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Testosteronburg

    When I was young began the storie but yet now it is no the End,it is the Beginning of the End :-)

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • rolsroyse

    I like Black Box..........................................................................................................................

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Jouriichijourou

    Classic is a classic.

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • thesleepycloud

    so good

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Sound-Of-Nature

    Epic... ♥

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • jeffbbz

    This track is just so insanely good. Love the Loleatta Holloway song too.

    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • lovelylilies

    Lively track love it!!!

    23 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Robac001

    Takes me back a bit!

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
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    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Senzavento

    best dance hit ever

    12 Jun 2012 Reply
  • discotequedude

    For those who don't know, this song sampled the late Loleatta Holloway's hit song "Love Sensation." I like the song anyway.

    9 May 2012 Reply
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