Crucial (song)

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New Edition Crucial cover.JPG
Single by New Edition
from the album Heart Break
Released February 11, 1989
Format Vinyl Single
Recorded 1988
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 4:33
Label MCA
Writer(s) Jellybean Johnson, Lisa Keith
Producer(s) Jellybean Johnson, Spencer Bernard, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
New Edition singles chronology
"Can You Stand The Rain"
"N.E. Heart Break"

"Crucial" is New Edition's fourth single from the Heart Break album. The single featured production from Jellybean Johnson, Spencer Bernard, and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Despite failing to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, "Crucial" hit #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, making it one of New Edition's more popular singles from the post-Bobby Brown era. It was used in the License to Drive soundtrack.

Track listings[edit]

  1. Crucial (12" Dance Remix) - 8:00
  2. Crucial (12" Dub) - 5:10
  3. Crucial (Acapella) - 4:30



  1. ^ McCall, Tris (February 19, 2012). "For Bobby Brown and New Edition, the show goes on in Newark". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved August 5, 2016.