I Wanna Be Bad

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Not to be confused with I Wanna Be Bad (Jessica Sutta song).
"I Wanna Be Bad"
Single by Willa Ford featuring Royce da 5'9"
from the album Willa Was Here
Released May 29, 2001 (2001-05-29)
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop/dance
Length 3:06
Label Lava
Writer(s) Willa Ford
Brian Kierulf
Josh Schwartz
Ryan Montgomery
Producer(s) Josh Schwartz,
Brian Kierulf
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Willa Ford singles chronology
"I Wanna Be Bad"
"Did Ya' Understand That"
Royce da 5'9" singles chronology
"You Can't Touch Me"
"I Wanna Be Bad"
"Rock City"

"I Wanna Be Bad" is a dance-pop song by Willa Ford and the first single from her album Willa Was Here. The single sold over 250,000 copies and peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 4, 2001[1] (after reaching the Top 40 on July 7, 2001).[2] This song was featured in the films What a Girl Wants, Undercover Brother, and Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. It was also used as a campaign song of 7UP and TV commercial of Six Flags Magic Mountain on which Willa herself appeared. The rap is performed by Royce da 5'9". It was certified gold by the RIAA.


The song went along with Ford's "Bad Girl" image. "It's about a girl coming into her own and becoming a woman. It's a freedom song for me [Willa]."[3] "I Wanna Be Bad" has been in a few movies: What a Girl Wants, Undercover Brother, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star and a TV commercial of Six Flags Magic Mountain on which Willa herself appeared. It was also featured in 7UP campaign. Rapper Royce da 5'9" makes a short cameo in this song as well as in the video.

Music video[edit]

"I Wanna Be Bad" had two similar video versions. One 'edited' and one more 'explicit' version. Both videos were directed by Chris Applebaum and edited by Jeff Selis. Willa herself came up with the treatment for the video. On the album 'Willa Was Here' there's a hyperlink that takes you to the video.

Track listings[edit]

Single May 29, 2001 [1]

  • 1. I Wanna Be Bad [No rap with vocorder] 3:08
  • 2. I Wanna Be Bad [With Rap And With Vocorder] 3:04

Maxi-CD July 17, 2001 [2]

  • 1. I Wanna Be Bad [Mike Rizzo Club Mix] 6:39
  • 2. I Wanna Be Bad [Sal "Parm" Club Mix] 9:14
  • 3. I Wanna Be Bad [Mike Rizzo Hyper Vocal Mix] 6:09
  • 4. I Wanna Be Bad [Sal "Parm" Dub] 7:14
  • 5. I Wanna Be Bad [Sal "Parm" Radio Edit] 3:59


Chart Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 52
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 22
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 11
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 19

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