Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over

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Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over
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Single by Lenny Kravitz
from the album Mama Said
Released June 6, 1991


  • 12"
  • Soul
  • funk
  • pop
Length 3:55
Label Virgin
Writer Lenny Kravitz
Producer Lenny Kravitz
Lenny Kravitz singles chronology
"Always on the Run"
"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over"
"Stand by My Woman"


  "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" is a song recorded, written, and produced by American musician Lenny Kravitz for his second studio album, Mama said (1991). Released as the album's second single in June 1991, the song is a mid-tempo ballad, musically inspired by Motown, Philly Soul, and Earth, Wind and Fire (particularly "That's the Way of the World"). The horn line at the end is performed by the Phenix Horns from Earth, Wind & Fire. "That song just came out one day, and I knew it had a classic vibe. And I still love that song very much today", Kravitz said in an interview for VivaMusic.com in 2000. The line is based on a Yogiism, or quotation from Yogi Berra: "It ain't over 'til it's over." It was Kravitz's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 of his career, and his highest peak in the chart.


Chart performance

"It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" is Kravitz's most successful single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart to date, peaking at number two behind Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You". It was also popular in the United Kingdom, where it reached number eleven.




  • Lenny Kravitz – vocals, guitar, electric piano, bass, drums
  • Phenix Horns – horns

Chart performance

Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 25
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 20
Canada (RPM Singles Chart) 2
France (SNEP) 29
Germany (Official German Charts) 43
Irish Albums (IRMA) 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 11
US Billboard Hot 100 2
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard) 5
US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs (Billboard) 10

Year-end charts

Chart (1991) Rank
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 16
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 60
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 36




Lenny Kravitz - It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over

Side B is an interview talking to Robert Sandall for Q Magazine recorded 28/01/91.

U.S. Virgin VUSTY 43 (1991). 12" picture disc with B-side interview

Record produced by Lenny Kravitz.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio qiality is very clear and strong throughout.

The hinged record cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The record cover has a strong undamaged hinge and spine. There is no printed script.

Caution - The interview contains explicit language.

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