I Wanna Sex You Up

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"I Wanna Sex You Up"
Single by Color Me Badd
from the album C.M.B. and New Jack City soundtrack
Released March 2, 1991
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD maxi, Cassette
Recorded 1990
Genre New jack swing
Length 4:00
Label Giant Records
Writer(s) Elliot Straite, Willie Clarke, Betty Wright
Producer(s) Dr. Freeze
Color Me Badd singles chronology
"I Wanna Sex You Up"
"I Adore Mi Amor"

"I Wanna Sex You Up" is a song by Color Me Badd in 1991, released as the first single from their debut album C.M.B.. It achieved a huge success in the US, UK and New Zealand, where it reached #1 on the charts. It spent four weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but topped both the Billboard R&B and Dance charts.

Song information[edit]

The song spent three weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100, behind a combination of two songs, "More Than Words" by Extreme and "Rush Rush" by Paula Abdul. It was the 10th best-selling single of 1991 in the UK. The alternate hit version also appeared on the New Jack City soundtrack, and in 1992 the song won the group a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo and Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year. The "to tha tick tock ya don't stop" soundbite is sampled from Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di." The bassline and the "I know you not gonna sing that song!" soundbite are sampled from Betty Wright's "Tonight is the Night." The chorus melody is from the Shuggie Otis song "Strawberry Letter 23". The song was also ranked at #40 on Blender's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever"[1] and VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s".

Certain radio stations edited the word "sex" out of the song, so DJ's refer to the song as "I Wanna Love You Up".[citation needed]


A sample of "I Wanna Sex You Up" has been used in the Kardinal Beats remix of "Tick Tock" by Lemar.[2]

The song can be heard in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as well as in a 1991 episode of the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives, and in the films New Jack City, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Nothing Like the Holidays, The Sitter, and CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.

In an episode of Beavis & Butt-Head, comments were made saying that Color Me Badd was a "Super Suck Group" which included Kenny G, George Michael, and Snow when viewing the music video for this song. Butt-Head, who made the comments was of course referring to group members Sam Watters, Mark Calderon, and Bryan Abrams respectively. Butt-Head also commented that if he "sang like a wuss" that he would get chicks.

The song has a female response called "If You Wanna Sex Me Up" by T.C.F. featuring Asia Hernandez.

"Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place" Episode Two Guys, a Girl and How They Met; during a flashback scene the song is played in the background.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:38
12" maxi
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:38
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out - long version) — 5:13
  3. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (instrumental) — 4:04
  4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  5. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (freeze mix) — 4:06
CD maxi
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:39
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix - long version) — 5:14
  3. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (Instrumental) — 4:04
  4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  5. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (freeze mix) — 4:07
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix)
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix)
  3. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix)
  4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix)

Official Versions[edit]

  • "I Wanna Sex You Up" (album version) — 4:06
  • "I Wanna Sex You Up" (freeze mix) — 4:07
  • "I Wanna Sex You Up" (Instrumental) — 4:04
  • "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  • "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:39
  • "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix - long version) — 5:14


  • Co-producer : Howie Tee, Spyderman
  • Engineer : Angela Piva, Warren Woods
  • Mastered by Eddy Schreyer
  • Mixed by Dr. Freeze, Howie Tee
  • Producer : Dr. Freeze

Cover versions[edit]

  • The television show Glee featured a cover of the song in the episode "Acafellas". It was released as a bonus track on Glee: The Music, Volume 1 sold at Target.
  • Jimmy Fallon's The Ragtime Gals did a barbershop quarter rendition of the song for Late Night (NBC).
  • Bruno Mars has done live covers on several tourdates and on his New Year's Eve performance (2013/2014) at The Chelsea in Las Vegas.


Preceded by
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" by Cher
UK Singles Chart
9 June 1991 - 29 June 1991 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Any Dream Will Do" by Jason Donovan
Preceded by
"More Than Words" by Extreme
New Zealand Singles Chart
14 July 1991 - 28 July 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"More Than Words" by Extreme

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The 50 Worst Songs Ever! Watch, Listen and Cringe! from Blender.com
  2. ^ RCA. "Lemar – Tick Tock". Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "I Wanna Sex You Up", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  4. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000). Mississauga, Ont.: Music Data Canada
  5. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  7. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  8. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  9. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  10. ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  11. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  13. ^ Australia certifications [1] (Retrieved May 8, 2012)
  14. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  15. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved August 10, 2008)

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