It's a Man's Man's Man's World (4:11)

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“It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” is a song by James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome. Brown recorded it on February 16, 1966 in a New York studio and released it as a single later that year. It reached #1 on the Billboard Top R&B Singles charts and #8 in the Billboard Hot 100. The song became a staple of Brown’s live shows.

The song’s lyrics attribute all of the productive work that goes on in the world to the male gender, but allows that it would all amount to “nothing without a woman or a girl.” Brown’s female co-writer Newsome wrote the lyrics based on her own observations of the relations between the sexes.

In 2004, “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” was ranked number 123 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. The song has been recorded by many artists in various idioms over the years. It was the first hit single for Australian singer Renée Geyer, who recorded it for her 1974 album It’s a Man’s Man’s World. The Residents covered the song in 1984 to promote their album George and James, despite it not appearing on that album. Van Morrison released a live version on his double album A Night In San Francisco in 1994. Cher recorded it on her 1995 album It’s a Man’s World. It is also a popular song for live performances, having been performed in concert by such artists as Govt. Mule and The Grateful Dead. Christina Aguilera performed a critically acclaimed rendition of the song as a posthumous tribute to James Brown at the 2007 Grammy Awards. Her performance has been voted as the 3rd Most Memorable Grammy Performance of all time. Celine Dion performed the song as a part of her 2008-2009 Taking Chances Tour.

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