You Want This

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"You Want This"
Single by Janet Jackson featuring MC Lyte
from the album janet.
B-side "70's Love Groove"
Released October 11, 1994
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single, cassette single
Recorded Fall 1992 – 1994;
Flyte Tyme Studios
(Edina, Minnesota)
Genre R&B, dance-pop, new jack swing, funk
Length 4:46 (single mix feat. MC Lyte)
5:05 (album version)
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Janet Jackson, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Clayton Smith, Dennis "D.T." Thomas, Donald Boyce, George Brown, Richard Westfield, Robert "Kool" Bell, Robert "Spike" Mickens, Ronald Bell, Richard Dean Taylor, Frank Wilson, Pam Sawyer, Henry Cosby, Deke Richards
Producer(s) Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"You Want This"
"Whoops Now/What'll I Do"

"You Want This" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her fifth studio album, janet. (1993). Released as the album's seventh single (sixth and final in the U.S.) in October 1994, the track was written and produced by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The single version, also used in the music video, featured an additional rap verse from MC Lyte.

Song information[edit]

Based on samples from Diana Ross & the Supremes' 1968 song "Love Child" and Kool & the Gang's 1973 song "Jungle Boogie", the song is about Jackson being told by her girls that a guy is watching and wanting her. Jackson proclaims if the guy wants to be with her, he has to work for it. The single contains two B-sides, the janet. track "New Agenda" and the then-unreleased "70's Love Groove", which also appears on 1995's janet. Remixed.

Jackson has performed the song on three of her tours, janet. Tour, Rock Witchu Tour, and the Number Ones: Up Close and Personal.

Chart performance[edit]

The single peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and was moderately successful internationally, making it to the top twenty in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. It is Jackson's least successful single in Germany to date, peaking at number ninety.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Keir McFarlane in August 1994. Loosely based on Russ Meyer's 1965 film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, it centers around Jackson and her friends encountering two men. Set at a motel on the desert and featuring car chases, it also contains a dance routine towards the end. Two versions of the video, one black-and-white and the other colorized, are available on the 1994 video compilation janet. The colorized version is featured on the repackage of 2001's All for You as well as the 2004 DVD From janet. to Damita Jo: The Videos.

Track listings[edit]

Official remixes[edit]

  • Album version – 5:05
  • LP edit – 4:15
  • Remix featuring MC Lyte – 4:46
  • Mafia & Fluxy Dancehall Remix – 4:31
  • Mafia & Fluxy Club Mix – 6:28
  • Disco Theory (No Rap) – 6:14
  • Disco Theory – 6:14
  • E-Smoove's Anthem 7" – 4:24
  • E-Smoove's House Anthem – 9:43
  • E Smoove's Anthem Dub – 6:32
  • E-Smoove's Underdub – 7:21
  • Smoove Soul 7" – 4:16
  • Smoove Soul 12" – 6:20
  • Funk Extravaganza – 7:42
  • Spoiled Milk. Remix – 4:44


  • 1 "You Want This"/"70's Love Groove"


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