Single: Let’s Work

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Let’s Work

Single details

Released: 6 January 1982 (7" release)

17 February 1982 (12" release)

Related album: Controversy
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Non-Album track(s):

Let’s Work (Dance Remix) (8:02)
Let’s Work (Edit) (2:56)
Let’s Work (Edit) (Mono) (2:56)

Charts, Certifications & Awards

Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Disco Top 80
(Listed with Let’s Work)
3 Oct. 1981 1 (6) 30
USA: Billboard Hot Soul Singles 23 Jan. 1982 9 16
USA: Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 30 Jan. 1982 104 3
This single has not received any certifications in the USA
This single has not received any awards in the USA

See also

Let’s Rock
(Unreleased single)

Let’s Work was the third single (second in the US and the UK) from Prince’s fourth album Controversy. It was released three months after the album, and received release in North America and Europe. The b-side, Ronnie, Talk To Russia, was also taken from Controversy.

The North American 12" versions instead included Gotta Stop (Messin’ About), which had previously been released as a stand-alone single in European territories.

The single reached only number 104 on the US Billboard Pop Chart, but reached number 9 on the Billboard Soul Chart. Pairing with Controversy, Let’s Work also reached number 1 for 6 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Disco Top 80 in late 1981.

Prince had initially planned to release a single in 1979 with the title track Let’s Rock (named after a dance Prince had seen in clubs during that summer) and wanted to release it immediately after recording. Warner Bros. declined, and while Prince liked the track, he felt it needed to be renamed when released a few years later to avoid it seeming dated. The track, and the resulting single, were renamed Let’s Work.

Track listing
7" 12"

A. Let’s Work (Edit) (2:56)
B. Ronnie, Talk To Russia (1:48)

  • Cat #: US/CA/NZ: WBS 50002

UK: K17922
NL/DE: WB 17922

A. Let’s Work (Dance Remix) (8:02)
B. Ronnie, Talk To Russia (1:48)

  • Cat #: UK: K17922T

NL/DE: WB 26216

A. Let’s Work (Dance Remix) (8:02)
B. Gotta Stop (Messin’ About) (2:55)

  • Cat #: US/CA: DWBS 50028
  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
7" Promo 12" Promo
  • (US: WBS50002)

A. Let’s Work (Edit) (Stereo) (2:56)
B. Let’s Work (Edit) (Mono) (2:56)

  • (US: PRO-A-1004)

A. Let’s Work (Dance Remix, Long Version) (8:02)
B. Let’s Work (7" Single Version) (2:56)

This record wasn’t released in any other format (cassette, CD, Digital).

7", 12", CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA 7" WBS 50002
USA 12" DWBS 50028
UK 7" K17922

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2




Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Triva

  • The single remained 10 weeks into the Billboard Soul Singles Top 40 Chart.
  • Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart progression:
    Entry position 109 (30 Jan. 82), 107 (6 Feb. 82), exit position 104 (13 Feb. 82).

Bubbling Under The Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004 by Joel Whitburn (ISBN 0-89820-162-4)
The Billboard Book Of Top 40 R&B and Hip-Hop Hits by Joel Whitburn (ISBN 0-8230-8283-0)
Top R&B Singles 1942 - 1999 by Joel Whitburn (ISBN 0-89820-136-5)
Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003 by Joel Withburn. (ISBN 0-89820-156-X)
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