All That She Wants

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"All That She Wants"
Single by Ace of Base
from the album Happy Nation/The Sign
B-side "Fashion Party"
Released
  • 1 November 1992 (Europe)
  • 6 March 1993 (UK)
  • 18 September 1993 (US)
Format CD single, CD maxi
Recorded 1992
SweMix Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Dance-pop[1]
Length 3:30
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Certification see below
Ace of Base singles chronology
"Wheel of Fortune"
(1992)
"All That She Wants"
(1992)
"Happy Nation"
(1993)
Alternative cover
2014 Remix EP Cover

"All That She Wants" is the second single by Swedish group Ace of Base. The song was produced by Denniz Pop, Jonas Berggren, and Ulf Ekberg. In early 1993, the song reached the top of the charts in many countries, including Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia. The single was certified platinum in the United States, where it peaked at number two. On 7 July 2014, the single was re-released with new remixes as a digital EP.[2]

Background[edit]

Ace of Base was influenced by Kayo's "Another Mother" to create "All That She Wants".

While their predecessor single, "Wheel of Fortune", was a modest success, "All That She Wants," led Ace of Base to take off internationally. After hearing Swedish top 20 hit "Another Mother" by Kayo, the band decided that was exactly the sound they wanted to create.[3] A demo version of "All That She Wants", titled "Mr. Ace", was produced in 1991 and featured different lyrics and rap vocals.[4] The song was initially in major key but was changed to minor upon Linn Berggren's insistence.[5] Jonas and Ulf contacted the producer of "Another Mother", Denniz PoP, and sent him this demo. The tape got stuck in the cassette tape player in his car, so he listened to it over and over again, which helped him decide to produce the track. Denniz was not fond of the rap vocals on the original demo, and these were subsequently replaced with short spoken word sections. Ace of Base would later collaborate with Denniz Pop on "The Sign" and multiple tracks on the band's sophomore release, The Bridge.

"All That She Wants" is a dark fusion of dub-reggae with pop which became the band's trademark sound. On release in October 1992, it quickly climbed to number one on the Danish chart while the previous single was still sitting at number two. Keen to rush out an album for the Christmas market, Mega Records pressed the band for an album and it was hastily recorded, mixed, and released within a few weeks.

Commercial performance[edit]

"All That She Wants" reached the number one position in ten countries and peaked at top three positions in most other places where it was released. It was released as the band's first single from The Sign in the United States, where it peaked at number two and was certified platinum. The song was a very successful radio hit in the United States, sustaining the number one position on the US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[6] chart for nine consecutive weeks. "All That She Wants" was listed at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts and at number 70 on the 1990s decade-end charts. In Germany, the song was the best-selling single of 1993.[7]

Music video[edit]

A music video directed by Matt Broadley was produced to promote the single. The video had a very low budget and was filmed in one day with only two takes. The music video was meant to serve as an explanation for the song.[8] It depicts the band members performing in a cramped apartment, interlaced with shots of a woman getting ready to go out. The video has a brown monochromatic filter.

The mysterious woman featured in the music video is Danish actress and singer-songwriter Christiane Bjørg Nielsen. She agreed to let them film the video in her apartment, according to former Mega Records executive Claes Cornelius.[9]

Track listings[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals by Linn Berggren, Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Written by Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Produced by Denniz Pop, Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Recorded at SweMix Studios, Stockholm

Charts and sales[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"No Rain" by Blind Melon
Canadian RPM 100 Hit Tracks number-one single
20 November 1993 – 27 November 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Please Forgive Me" by Bryan Adams
Preceded by
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
Australian number-one single
7 November 1993 – 21 November 1993 (3 weeks)
Canadian RPM Dance number-one single
6 November 1993 – 27 November 1993 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Dreams" by Gabrielle
Preceded by
Five Live by George Michael and Queen
with Lisa Stansfield
UK Singles Chart number-one single
22 May 1993 – 5 June 1993 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"(I Can't Help) Falling in Love with You" by UB40
Preceded by
"Open Sesame" by Leila K
Belgian Ultratop 50 Flanders number-one single
1 May 1993 – 8 May 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What Is Love" by Haddaway
Belgian VRT Top 30 Flanders number-one single
1 May 1993 – 15 May 1993 (3 weeks)
Preceded by
"No Limit" by 2 Unlimited
Austrian number-one single
28 March 1993 – 2 May 1993 (6 weeks)
Swiss number-one single
25 April 1993 – 2 May 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Informer" by Snow
Preceded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
German number-one single
8 March 1993 – 26 April 1993 (8 weeks)
Preceded by
"Sei un mito" by 883
"What Is Love" by Haddaway
"Gli spari sopra (USURA remix)" by Vasco Rossi
Italian number one single
5 June 1993 – 12 June 1993 (2 weeks)
17 July 1993 – 24 July 1993 (2 weeks)
21 August 1993 – 11 September 1993 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What Is Love" by Haddaway
"Gli spari sopra (USURA remix)" by Vasco Rossi
"Mr. Vain" by Culture Beat
Preceded by
"Tribal Dance" by 2 Unlimited
Encores by Dire Straits
Spanish number-one single
15 May 1983 (1 week)
29 May 1983 (1 week)
Succeeded by
Encores by Dire Straits
"Nuestros nombres" by Héroes del Silencio
Preceded by
"Dreamlover" by Mariah Carey
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream number-one single
30 October 1993 – 25 December 1993 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Hero" by Mariah Carey
Preceded by
"Rhythm Is a Dancer" by Snap!
1992
German best-selling single of the year
1993
Succeeded by
"Without You" by Mariah Carey
1994

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Sweden 1 November 1992 CD, CD maxi Alex Records
United Kingdom 8 May 1993
United States 18 September 1993 Arista Records

Cover versions[edit]

  • American popstar Britney Spears recorded a demo version of the song using lyrics from the chorus for her 2007 album Blackout but it failed to make the final cut for the album. The demo leaked onto the internet in January 2008.[57][58]
  • The 2008, Holly Ray and Sean Kingston track Off The Meter sampled the signature whistling rhythm from the song.[59]
  • Wizo, a German punk band, have covered this song (in English).[60]
  • Breakcore producer Shitmat sampled part of this song on his Killababylonkutz album, on the track Ace of Base Babylon.[61]
  • The Italian girlband Lucky Star covered the song for their first album LS3 released in 2006.[62]
  • British rock band The Kooks covered this song as part of the Radio 1 Established 1967 compilation CD, a CD to celebrate the 40th anniversary of BBC Radio 1. 40 modern day music artists covered a single from the past 40 years of Radio 1's charts, and The Kooks ended up with this song.[63]
  • ReinXeed, a Swedish symphonic metal/power metal band, released a version of this song as a part of their 2011 compilation album titled Swedish Hitz Goes Metal.[64]
  • In 2014, Nana Vespertine covered "All That She Wants" in a vintage jazzy style.[65]
  • In 2014, the song was covered by the German electropop duo Eleven's 2.[66]

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