Miss You Much

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"Miss You Much"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Rhythm Nation 1814
B-side "You Need Me"
Released August 22, 1989
Recorded 1988–1989;
Flyte Tyme Studios
Length 4:12
Label A&M
Writer(s) James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"2300 Jackson Street"
"Miss You Much"
"Rhythm Nation"

"Miss You Much" is a song recorded by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released as the lead single from Jackson's fourth studio album, Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). The song spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the longest-running number one of 1989. "Miss You Much" was the second-best selling single of 1989,[1] and the biggest radio airplay song of the year.[2] It is Jackson's third longest running number-one single, behind "That's The Way Love Goes", and "All For You", which spent eight and seven weeks respectively at #1.

The song received two Grammy Award nominations, and was awarded two American Music Awards and a Billboard Award for Top Hot 100 Single of the Year.

Its music video is considered iconic for its choreography and chair routine, and has been referenced by various artists. "Miss You Much" has inspired videos from Britney Spears, and was covered in the Korean film 200 Pounds Beauty, also being sampled by artists such as 50 Cent. The song inspired the title of VH1's "Miss You Much", and was performed in the "Minstrel Krampus" episode of American Dad!.

Song information[edit]

After the success of Control, Jackson returned with "Miss You Much", the lead single from Rhythm Nation 1814. It became Jackson's biggest selling single at the time, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for four weeks. "Miss You Much" also became her second number-one hit, the first being "When I Think of You". The song sold over four million copies, becoming one of the biggest-selling songs of the year.[3] The song peaked at number two in Canada and reached the top twenty in Australia and many European countries.

"Miss You Much" received two American Music Awards for Favorite Dance Single and Favorite Soul/R&B Single, with Jackson also nominated for Favorite Dance Artist. The song received two Grammy nominations for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. The single also won a Billboard Award for Top Hot 100 Single of the Year and a Soul Train Music Award for Best Female R&B Single. It was also Jackson's fourth number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart. The "Miss You Much" single includes the B-side "You Need Me".

Jackson has performed "Miss You Much" on all of her tours, including the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour, All for You Tour, Rock Witchu Tour and Number Ones: Up Close and Personal.

Chart performance[edit]

Heavy anticipation and radio airplay during the late summer allowed "Miss You Much" to debut at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 2, 1989, soaring to the number 1 spot within four weeks, where it remained for four weeks. It was the biggest airplay hit of the year, and fifth biggest overall, also peaking atop the Hot Dance Club Play and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.[2] The song was the second best-selling single of the year, behind only Phil Collins' "Another Day in Paradise". It reached number 2 in Canada and New Zealand, and the top twenty of Australia, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. It peaked within the top twenty five in the United Kingdom, although its accompanying album reached the top five.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Miss You Much" was directed by Dominic Sena and choreographed by Anthony Thomas. It was filmed in August 1989 as part of the long-form Rhythm Nation 1814 film. The black-and-white video begins with dancers gathered at a pool hall, gossiping about Jackson and her boyfriend. Jackson enters the room as her dancers suddenly become quiet and look at her. One dancer asks Jackson what she has been doing lately. She jokingly responds, before demonstrating her love through song and dance. The end of the video cuts out a final dance routine performed with chairs, choreographed by Terry Bixler.

The video's choreography and chair routine are regarded as iconic in popular culture. The chair routine is available on the Rhythm Nation Compilation DVD.

In popular culture[edit]

  • Jackson's "Miss You Much" choreography was performed on the tenth season of American Dad!, in the episode "Minstrel Krampus".[4]
  • Britney Spears referenced the "Miss You Much" video, and Jackson's "The Pleasure Principle" video, for the chair routine in her "Stronger" video. The video's director Joseph Kahn said Spears' idea for the routine was inspired by "Janet Jackson's 'Pleasure Principle' — the iconic chair sequence in that."[5] A review of the video commented "Ms. Spears gives us her best Janet Jackson impression (“Miss You Much“) with a dizzying chair-dance routine."[6] Spears also referenced the video's iconic chair routine in the music video for "(You Drive Me) Crazy" and during performances of the song on the Crazy 2K Tour, in which Spears performs a chair sequence and says "Is that the end?", quoting Jackson's phrase from the video.[7]
  • During Jackson's inaugural MTV Icon tribute, "Miss You Much" was performed by Pink, Usher, and Mýa to honor Jackson. Pink notably recreated the video's iconic chair routine.
  • VH1's show "Miss You Much" was titled after the song.[8]
  • "Miss You Much" was covered by Korean singer Youme in the South Korean comedy film 200 Pounds Beauty in 2005. In the film, the song is performed by fictional Korean pop singer Ammy.
  • Akon's single "Right Now (Na Na Na)" references and interpolates "Miss You Much" by quoting the line "I miss you much" using the same rhythm and melody.

Official versions[edit]

Track listings[edit]


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[9] 12
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[10] 21
Canadian Singles Chart[11] 2
Dutch Top 40[12] 15
Finnish Singles Chart[13] 20
French Singles Chart[14] 66
German Singles Chart[15] 16
Irish Singles Chart[16] 22
Italian Singles Chart[17] 31
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 20
UK Singles Chart[18] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[19] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[19] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[19] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Australian Singles Chart[20] 85
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[21] 16
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[22] 5
Preceded by
"Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" by Milli Vanilli
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
October 7, 1989 – October 28, 1989
Succeeded by
"Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette
Preceded by
Life Is a Dance: The Remix Project by Chaka Khan
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
October 7, 1989 – October 14, 1989
Succeeded by
"French Kiss" by Lil Louis
Preceded by
"Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" by Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
October 14, 1989 – October 21, 1989
Succeeded by
"Baby Come to Me" by Regina Belle


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Gold 5,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Platinum 1,000,000^

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


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