Make No Mistake, He's Mine

"Make No Mistake, He's Mine"
Single by Kim Carnes and Barbra Streisand
from the album Emotion
Released December 1984 (1984-12)
Genre Pop
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes chronology
"I Pretend"
"Make No Mistake, He's Mine"
"Invitation to Dance"
Barbra Streisand singles chronology
"Left in the Dark"
"Make No Mistake, He's Mine"

"Make No Mistake, He's Mine" is a song written by Kim Carnes and recorded as a duet by Barbra Streisand and Carnes in 1984 and subsequently by Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers under the title of "Make No Mistake, She's Mine". Both versions charted.

Carnes said that in the wake of Glee's version with a man and woman singing about a female lover, there were now "three different meanings of the song", regarding this malleability of the piece as "rewarding and gratifying".[1]

Barbra Streisand and Kim Carnes recording

The song was written by Shenandoah, however she didn't copyright it. Mary Chapin Carpenter advised her not to sue.[2]

It was recorded by Streisand and Carnes, co-produced (with Bill Cuomo) by Carnes, It was released on Streisand's 1984 album Emotion and released as a single in December 1984, it hit #8 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1985.[3]

In 2002, the track would re-appear on Streisand's compilation Duets. It also surfaced as a solo recording by Carnes, as a bonus track on a CD reissue of Carnes' album Barking at Airplanes and as a track on Carnes' "best of" album Gypsy Honeymoon.

1985 saw Carnes become the first artist to appear on the Billboard charts as part of a solo (Invitation To Dance), duet (Make No Mistake, He's Mine), and trio (What About Me) at the same time.[4]

Critical reception

Billboard said Streisand was "wonderfully feisty" in this duet.[5] Orange Coast Magazine said the song featured "brilliant vocal performances", and sounded as contemporary in 1993 as it did in 1984.[6] New Straight Times thought the "lovely song" was a great companion piece to The Girl Is Mine, due to its theme of possesiveness between rivals.[7]


Chart (1984-1985) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles[8] 89
Spain Top 40 Radio[9] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 92
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 51
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[12] 8
"Make No Mistake, She's Mine"
Single by Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers
from the album Heart & Soul (Ronnie Milsap) and I Prefer the Moonlight (Kenny Rogers)
B-side You're My Love (Rogers)
Released June 1987
Format 7"
Recorded May 1987
Genre Country, pop
Length 3:03
Label RCA
Writer(s) Kim Carnes
Producer(s) Rob Galbraith, Kyle Lehning
Ronnie Milsap chronology
"Snap Your Fingers"
"Make No Mistake, She's Mine"
"Where Do the Nights Go"
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"Twenty Years Ago"
"Make No Mistake, She's Mine"
"I Prefer the Moonlight"

Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers recording

"Make No Mistake, She's Mine" was recorded as a duet single by country pop artists Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers in 1987.

The song topped the Billboard country charts and peaked at #42 on the Adult Contemporary. The song was later included on Ronnie Milsap's Heart & Soul and Kenny Rogers' I Prefer the Moonlight.

The song won a Grammy award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

Chart positions

Chart (1987) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[13] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[14] 42
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. Leszczak, Bob (2016-11-15). Dynamic Duets: The Best Pop Collaborations from 1955 to 1999. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781442271500.
  2. Harris, Craig (2016-04-11). Heartbeat, Warble, and the Electric Powwow: American Indian Music. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 9780806154695.
  3. Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 47.
  4. Crouse, Richard (2000-04-26). Big Bang, Baby: Rock Trivia. Dundurn. ISBN 9780888822192.
  5. Inc, Nielsen Business Media (2002-12-07). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  6. Communications, Emmis (1993-04-01). Orange Coast Magazine. Emmis Communications.
  7. "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  8. "RPM Weekly Top Singles - Volume 41, No. 19 Jan 19, 1985". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016.
  9. Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  10. "Archive Chart: 1985-02-02" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  11. "Barbra Streisand – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Barbra Streisand. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  12. "Barbra Streisand – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Barbra Streisand. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  13. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 233.
  14. "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Kenny Rogers.
Preceded by
"She's Too Good to Be True"
by Exile
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single
(Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers version)

September 12, 1987
Succeeded by
"This Crazy Love"
by The Oak Ridge Boys
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single
(Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers version)

September 26, 1987
Succeeded by
"Three Time Loser"
by Dan Seals
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