Release Date

January 1, 1972

“Back Stabbers” is a 1972 song by the O’Jays. Released from the hit album of the same name, it spent one week at number 1 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. It was also successful on the pop chart, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1972. The narrator in “Back Stabbers” warns men about their male “friends” who smile to their faces, but are secretly planning to steal their wives or girlfriends. It was inspired by an earlier hit with a similar theme, the Undisputed Truth’s “Smiling Faces Sometimes”, the chorus of which is quoted at the end of this song. It was part of the soundtrack for the 1977 movie, Looking for Mr. Goodbar. This was the O’Jays first release with Philadelphia International.