|"You Better Run"|
U.S. single picture sleeve
|Single by The Young Rascals|
|from the album Groovin'|
|B-side||"Love Is a Beautiful Thing"|
|Released||May 30, 1966|
|The Young Rascals singles chronology|
"You Better Run" is a song by The Young Rascals. Written by group members Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, it was released as the band's third single in 1966 and reached the top 20 in the United States.
A review in a 1966 issue of Billboard magazine described the song as a "big-beat wailer" and a "strong follow-up to 'Good Lovin''". In the book Pioneers of Rock and Roll, author Harry Sumrall wrote that the song represented the apex of the band's sound and complimented guitarist Gene Cornish's "slashing chords". AllMusic's Matthew Greenwald called it "a classic garage rocker with a punkish energy [that] showcased the band's live chops to a great effect, as well as Felix Cavaliere's awesome soul-inflected vocals."
Music journalist Fred Bronson noted that "You Better Run" was a commercial disappointment, having peaked at number 20 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 after their previous single, "Good Lovin'", had reached number one. The Cavaliere and Gene Cornish composition "Love Is a Beautiful Thing" was included as the single's B-side.
|Canada RPM Magazine||22|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||20|
|U.S. Cash Box Top 100||23|
|"You Better Run"|
German single picture sleeve
|Single by Pat Benatar|
|from the album Crimes of Passion|
|Released||July 8, 1980|
|Pat Benatar singles chronology|
Pat Benatar recorded "You Better Run" for her second album, Crimes of Passion (1980). The song was released as the album's lead single, with "Out-A-Touch" as the B-side. It peaked at number 42 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 44 on the Cash Box Top 100. The song appeared on the soundtrack to the 1980 film Roadie.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||31|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||42|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||42|
In 1966, the N' Betweens, who later became the British rock band Slade, covered the song, which was released as a single on Columbia. It was produced by Kim Fowley and reached number one on the local Midlands chart and remained there for six weeks. The Listen and N' Betweens versions were released on the same day. Their respective vocalists, who were friends, had no idea of the competition until the records had become available.
On June 28, 2019, Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers released the album "No Good Deed" with their version of "You Better Run".