500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Bill Withers, 'Ain't No Sunshine'
Producer: Booker T. Jones
Released: July '71, Sussex
16 weeks; No. 3
When the 31-year-old Withers recorded "Sunshine," he was still working at a factory making toilet seats for 747s. He intended to write more lyrics for the part where he repeats the phrase "I know" 26 times, but the other musicians told him to leave it.
Appears on: Lean on Me: The Best of Bill Withers (Columbia/Legacy)