Release Date

January 1, 1974

“Sweet Thing” is a song performed by American funk and R&B band Rufus with vocals by band member Chaka Khan. As a single, it peaked number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1976. Initially recorded and released a single in late 1975, it was first a hit with Rufus featuring Chaka Khan when they recorded the song in 1975, eventually reaching number-one on the R&B singles chart and number five on the pop chart. The song was co-written by Khan and Rufus bandmate Tony Maiden and became one of the band and Khan’s signature songs. The record appears on the band’s fourth album Rufus featuring Chaka Khan (1975). Khan re-recorded it for the 1998 soundtrack New York Undercover: A Night at Natalie’s. In 2009, Essence magazine included the song in their list of the “25 Best Slow Jams of All Time”. Mary J. Blige recorded her version, which charted in the United States and New Zealand in 1993.