Why Ya Wanna

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"Why Ya Wanna"
Single by Jana Kramer
from the album Jana Kramer
Released January 16, 2012 (2012-01-16)
Format Music download
Recorded 2011
Genre Country
Length 3:41
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Ashley Gorley
Catt Gravitt
Chris DeStefano
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Jana Kramer singles chronology
"Why Ya Wanna"

"Why Ya Wanna" is a song recorded by American actress and country music artist Jana Kramer. It was released in January 2012 as the first single from her self-titled debut album, which was released on June 5.[1] The song was written by Ashley Gorley, Catt Gravitt and Chris DeStefano.


"Why Ya Wanna" is a mid-tempo song in which the female narrator encounters an ex-lover, and asks him why he "want[s] to make [her] keep loving" him. The song is in 3/4 time signature and the key of E major.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song two and a half stars out of five, writing that it "packs a surprising emotional punch, but it's weakened away by a grating melody."[3] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock gave the song four stars out of five, calling it "a convincing, catchy slice of neo-trad that sounds as much 1992 as 2012."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Kristin Barlowe and premiered in February 2012.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Why Ya Wanna" debuted at number 60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of December 10, 2011.[6]

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Conaway, Alanna (April 8, 2012). "Jana Kramer to Release Self-Titled Debut Album on June 5". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  2. ^ "'Why Ya Wanna' sheet music". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (January 11, 2012). "Jana Kramer, ‘Why Ya Wanna’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Peacock, Bobby (March 5, 2012). "Single Review: Jana Kramer - "Why Ya Wanna"". Roughstock. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Brittany Joy (February 15, 2012). "Jana Kramer Debuts Music Video for ‘Why Ya Wanna’". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (December 3, 2011). "Scotty McCreery, Lady Antebellum Top Billboard Country Charts". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jana Kramer Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Jana Kramer.
  8. ^ "Jana Kramer Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jana Kramer.
  9. ^ "Jana Kramer Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Jana Kramer.
  10. ^ "Jana Kramer Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jana Kramer.
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Jana Kramer – Why Ya Wanna". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 23, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 

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