Release Date

May 22, 1979

“Cruisin'” is a 1979 single written, produced, and performed by American singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson for Motown Records’ Tamla label. One of Robinson’s most successful singles outside of his work with the Miracles, “Cruisin'” hit number one on the U.S. Cash Box Top 100 and was also a Billboard Hot 100 hit, peaking at number four the week of February 2, 1980. It was a top-five hit on the Soul chart as well.

The song was co-written by fellow Miracle Marv Tarplin. “Cruisin'” was an even bigger hit in New Zealand, hitting number one on that country’s chart. It is included on Robinson’s ninth studio album, Where There’s Smoke…. Reportedly, Robinson had a cold when he recorded the song. It was originally intended as a B-side for a remake of “Get Ready”.