Come Back to Me (Janet Jackson song)

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"Come Back to Me"
U.S. edition
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
B-side Skin Game (Parts I and II)
Released June 18, 1990
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded 1989; Flyte Tyme Studios
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Length 5:32
Label A&M
Writer(s) Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Come Back to Me"
"Black Cat"
Alternative cover
UK CD single cover

"Come Back to Me" is the fifth single from American R&B and pop singer Janet Jackson's fourth studio album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989).


The song is a composition in common time with a tempo of 78 beats per minute. It is set in the key of A-flat, following a basic chord progression from D-E-f-g.

Song information[edit]

The song was written by Jackson, James Harris III, and Terry Lewis and produced by Harris and Lewis. A remix of the original song appears on Jackson's first greatest hits compilation, 1995's Design of a Decade 1986/1996.

The single contains the B-side "The Skin Game Pt. 1". "The Skin Game Pt. 2" is an instrumental which appears exclusively on selected releases. Jackson also recorded the song in Spanish, titled "Vuelve a mí" which also appears on selected releases. In the UK, the song was released as a double A-side co-featuring "Alright".

In 2008 the song was sampled on Plies' "Bust It Baby Pt. 2", which featured Ne-Yo and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Rap Songs chart. Jackson also featured on the official remix to the song.[1]

Jackson has performed the song on her tours, including the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, janet. Tour, All for You Tour, and Rock Witchu Tour, as well as the Number Ones: Up Close and Personal tour. It was not included on The Velvet Rope Tour.

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached number two on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (behind Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love") and on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (behind The Time's "Jerk Out)", becoming another top five single from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. It also became Jackson's first—and so far only—number-one hit on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. Internationally, it Peaked at number Three in Canada, peaked at number twenty on the UK Singles Chart, and did poorly in Australia. However, the song is one of her biggest hits in Brazil. It was a theme to a soap opera and still, to this day, is played often in Brazilian AC stations.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Dominic Sena, the video is set in Paris, where Jackson deals with the former lover leaving her. She reminisces about her and the good moments spent with her former lover. The male lead in the video was René Elizondo, Jr., whom she would marry a year later. The video shows the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, the Gare d'Austerlitz, the Champs de Mars area, and the view from Montmartre, among others. It appears on the video compilation Design of a Decade 1986/1996 and was released on iTunes on May 4, 2007.

Track listings[edit]

UK double 12" promo single (USAT 681)[2]
  1. "Alright" (12" House Mix) – 7:07
  2. "Alright" (Hip House Dub) – 6:40
  3. "Alright" (Acappella) – 3:26
  4. "Alright" (12" R&B Mix) – 7:17
  5. "Alright" (House Dub) – 5:58
  6. "Alright" (7" House Mix With Rap) – 5:35
  7. "Alright" (7" House Mix) – 4:21
  8. "Alright" (R&B Mix) – 4:34
  9. I'm Beggin' You Mix – 5:33
  10. The Abandoned Heart Mix – 5:19
  11. LP Instrumental – 5:15
UK 12" single (USAF681)[3]
  1. The Abandoned Heart Mix – 5:19
  2. "Alright" (12" R&B Mix) – 7:17
  3. "Alright" (House Dub) – 5:58
UK CD single (USACD681)[4]
  1. 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:46
  2. "Alright" (7" R&B Mix) – 4:34
  3. "Alright" (7" House Mix With Rap) – 5:35
U.S. 12" single (SP-12345)[5]
  1. 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:46
  2. I'm Beggin' You Mix – 5:33
  3. LP Instrumental – 5:15
  4. "The Skin Game, Part I" – 6:43
  5. "The Skin Game, Part II" – 6:37
Japanese 3" CD single (PCDY-10015)[6]
  1. 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:46
  2. "Vuelve a Mi" – 5:15
Japanese CD maxi single (PCCY-10131)[7]
  1. 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:46
  2. I'm Beggin' You Mix – 5:33
  3. "Vuelve a Mi" – 5:15
  4. The Abandoned Heart Mix – 5:19
  5. LP Version – 5:35
  6. LP Instrumental – 5:15
  7. "Vuelve a Mi" (Spanish) – 5:21
  8. "The Skin Game, Part I" – 6:43
  9. "The Skin Game, Part II" – 6:37

Official remixes[edit]

  • Album Version – 5:33
  • Instrumental – 5:17
  • 7" I'm Beggin' You Mix – 4:47
  • 12" I'm Beggin' You Mix/Design Of A Decade 1986/1996 Version – 5:34
  • The Abandoned Heart Mix – 5:18
  • "Vuelve a mí" – 5:13
  • "Vuelve a mí" (Spanish) – 5:21


Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
August 25, 1990 – September 8, 1990
Succeeded by
"Release Me" by Wilson Phillips

Cover versions[edit]


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