You Got It All

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"You Got It All"
Single by The Jets
from the album The Jets
B-side "Burn the Candle"
Released 1986
Format 7" single, 12" maxi single
Genre R&B, pop, adult contemporary
Label MCA
Writer(s) Rupert Holmes
Producer(s) Don Powell and David Rivkin
The Jets singles chronology
"Private Number"
"You Got It All"
"Cross My Broken Heart"

"You Got It All" was the fourth single released by the 1980s dance-pop band, The Jets, from their commercially successful debut 1985 album, The Jets. It was written by Rupert Holmes, most famous for the song, "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)". The lead vocal was handled by the second youngest of the group, twelve-year-old Elizabeth Wolfgramm in order to tap even further into the schmaltz - resulting in a chart-topping hit.

"You Got It All" peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. in early 1987. The song also topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks and reached number two on the R&B chart. It was also featured in the film Jaws: The Revenge.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986/1987) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1

Britney Spears version[edit]

"You Got It All"
Song by Britney Spears from the album Oops!... I Did It Again
Released May 16, 2000
Format CD single
Genre Teen pop
Length 4:09
Label Jive
Writer Rupert Holmes
Producer Eric Foster White


In 1997, Britney Spears started to work on her debut album ...Baby One More Time.[1] After meeting up with producer Eric Foster White in August, the singer got to know the original version of The Jets, and decided to record a cover of the song.[1] Steve Lunt, Jive's A&R vice president at the time, revealed that when the label's CEO "heard [the track] in the A&R meeting, he said, 'OK, we've got something.' Up until that, it was in doubt."[1] "You Got It All" was originally intended to be released on Spears' debut album;[2] however, it was only released on certain editions of Oops!... I Did It Again (2000).[3]


A review from CD Universe said, "The Jets' gem "You've Got It All"[sic] shines brightly as ever with Britney's girlish allure. Take note, however, that Britney's not all bubbles—with an obvious influence from Mariah Carey, she glides quite ably through the key changes and delivers octave leaps and vibratos that should melt just about any heart, young or old."[2]

Cover Versions[edit]

  • Filipina pop singer Arnee Hidalgo covered her version of the song in 2000.
  • Filipino acoustic band MYMP also covered their version of the song in 2005.



External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Ballerina Girl" by Lionel Richie
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single (The Jets version)
March 7, 1987
Succeeded by
"Mandolin Rain" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range