“The Sweetest Taboo” is the lead single from the English group Sade‘s second studio album, Promise (1985). While the song peaked at number 31 on the UK Singles Chart, it fared considerably better in the United States, where it reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1986, remaining in the top 40 for 13 weeks. It also became the band’s second consecutive number-one hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, following “Smooth Operator”. It is considered the group’s signature song.
“The Sweetest Taboo” is mentioned in the lyrics of Prince’s 2005 charity single “S.S.T.”, as well as in Mos Def’s 1999 song “Ms. Fat Booty“.
The French duo Les Nubians recorded a song called “Tabou” on their 1998 album Princesses Nubiennes, credited as a French adaptation of “The Sweetest Taboo”, although the lyrics are significantly different.
SADE – SWEETEST TABOO (Original)
SADE – SWEETEST TABOO (Tall Black Guy Edit)
LES NUBIANS – TABOU ( THE ROOTS REMIX)
MOS DEF – MS. FAT BOOTY