'I Need a Dollar'
Single by Aloe Blacc
from the album Good Things
Released16 March 2010[1]
FormatCD single, digital download
GenreSoul, blues
LabelStones Throw Records, Sony Music Entertainment UK
Songwriter(s)Leon Michels, E. Nathaniel Dawkins, Nick Movshon, Jeff Dynamite
Producer(s)Leon Michels, Jeff Dynamite
Aloe Blacc singles chronology
'Get Down'
'I Need a Dollar'
'Loving You Is Killing Me'

'I Need a Dollar' is a song performed by American singer Aloe Blacc. Blacc co-wrote the song with Leon Michels, Nick Movshon and Jeff Dynamite.[2]

It is the intro song for the HBO show How to Make It in America, and was featured as the iTunes Single of the Week.[3] It also featured in the game Fight Night Champion. Blacc has performed the song live on Later... with Jools Holland, The Graham Norton Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. In April 2011, it was featured in a commercial for Boost Mobile wireless services. This song also speeds up by 2bpm through it.

I Need a Dollar, a song by Aloe Blacc on Hype Machine. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2010 Vinyl release of I Need A Dollar / Take Me Back on Discogs. 1-16 of 618 results for 'Aloe Blacc' Amazon Music Unlimited. Listen to any song, anywhere. Available for download now. I Need A Dollar Sep 28, 2010. Listen to the biggest hits from Aloe Blacc, including The Man, I Need a Dollar, Green Lights, and more. Check it out on Slacker Radio, on free internet stations like The Twenty: Madden 18, Throwback Thirty, Top 50 Pop Songs of 2014 too.

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Music video[edit]

Two versions of the video have been released. The first, the 'New York' version, features the screen being split in half. The right side shows Blacc singing inside an apartment while the left side shows a man walking through the streets of New York.

The second, the 'Las Vegas' version directed by Derek Pike, shows Blacc walking alone along a highway in Nevada, and then hitching a ride to Las Vegas, where he finds a dollar coin on the casino floor, uses it to play a slot machine, and wins.

Formats and track listings[edit]

UK digital single[4]
  1. 'I Need a Dollar' – 4:05
  2. 'I Need a Dollar' (Radio Mix) – 3:22
  3. 'I Need a Dollar' (Zinc Remix) – 5:48
  4. 'I Need a Dollar' (Blue Fear Trance Remix) – 10:49
German digital single[5]
  1. 'I Need a Dollar' – 4:02
  2. 'I Need a Dollar' (Tensnake Remix) – 6:45
  3. 'I Need a Dollar' (M.Arfmann & Chassy Wezar RMX) – 3:27


Weekly charts[edit]

Australia (ARIA)[6]11
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7]5
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[8]8
Europe (Hot 100)[9]16
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10]1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11]4
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12]35
France (SNEP)[13]52
Germany (Official German Charts)[14]4
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[15]18
Ireland (IRMA)[16]2
Israel (Media Forest)[17]1
Italy (FIMI)[18]16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19]20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20]53
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[21]2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22]5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23]2
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[24]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010)Position
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[25]18
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[26]55
French Singles Chart[27]86
Germany Singles Chart[28]86
Swiss Singles Chart[29]55
Chart (2011)Position
Australian Singles Chart[30]64
Irish Singles Chart[31]20
Swiss Singles Chart[32]61
UK Singles Chart[33]18


RegionCertificationCertified units/Sales
New ZealandGold[39]7,500
United KingdomPlatinum[41]695,210[42]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Aloe Blacc Album

Samples and covers[edit]

Various hip-hop artists have sampled 'I Need a Dollar' or freestyled over the instrumental, including Yelawolf, T.I., Wax, Dumbfoundead, Chris Webby, MGK, and Mac Miller, and Sammy Adams.

Australian artist Xavier Rudd covered 'I Need a Dollar' on 'Like a Version', a segment on the Australian radio station 'Triple J'

British artists Ed Solo and Deekline together remixed 'I Need A Dollar' and released it as a single with the same name.[43]


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  3. ^Stanley, Alessandra. TELEVISION REVIEW 'HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA'; The Dream, Without The Drive. The New York Times. February 12, 2010.
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  6. ^'Australian-charts.com – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar'. ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2011-09-08.
  7. ^'Austriancharts.at – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar' (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  8. ^'ČNS IFPI' (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 201144 into search. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
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  10. ^'Ultratop.be – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar' (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  11. ^'Ultratop.be – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar' (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  12. ^'Danishcharts.com – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar'. Tracklisten. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  13. ^'Lescharts.com – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar' (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
  14. ^'Musicline.de – Blacc,Aloe Single-Chartverfolgung' (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2011-03-30.
  15. ^'Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ' (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
  16. ^'Chart Track: Week 24, 2011'. Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  17. ^'Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar Media Forest'. Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest.
  18. ^'Italiancharts.com – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar'. Top Digital Download.
  19. ^'Charts.nz – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar'. Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  20. ^'Dutchcharts.nl – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar' (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2010-01-27.
  21. ^'Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100'. Official Charts Company.
  22. ^'Swisscharts.com – Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar'. Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^'Official Singles Chart Top 100'. Official Charts Company.
  24. ^'Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40'. Official Charts Company.
  25. ^'Ultratop Belgian Charts'. ultratop.be. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
  26. ^'Ultratop Belgian Charts'. ultratop.be. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
  27. ^'BILAN ECONOMIQUE 2010'(PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-25.
  28. ^'VIVA Single Jahrescharts 2010 - 2010'. Archived from the original on 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  29. ^'Swiss Year-End Charts 2010'. swisscharts.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-09-25.
  30. ^'Adele's '21' crowned ARIA's highest selling album of 2011 LMFAO takes single honours with 'Party Rock Anthem''(PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  31. ^'Best of 2011'. IRMA. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  32. ^'SCHWEIZER JAHRESHITPARADE 2011'. hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
  33. ^'The Top 20 biggest selling singles of 2011 revealed!'. Official Charts Company. 2012-01-02.
  34. ^[1]Archived September 2, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^'Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2010'. Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  36. ^'Certificeringer' (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
  37. ^'Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold-/Platin-Datenbank'. Musikindustrie.de. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  38. ^'FIMI - Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana - Benvenuto!'(PDF). Fimi.it. Archived from the original(PDF) on 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  39. ^'NZ Top 40 Singles Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart'. THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC CHART.
  40. ^'The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community'. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on May 26, 2010. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  41. ^[2]Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  42. ^Jones, Alan (7 April 2014). 'Official Charts Analysis: Kaiser Chiefs almost double previous album's sales to hit No.1'. Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  43. ^'I Need a Dollar - Single by Deekline & Ed Solo on Apple Music'.

External links[edit]

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Aloe Blacc I Need A Dollar Acapella Download

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