I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Studio album by Sinéad O'Connor
Released September 11 1990
Recorded 1989
Length 51:09
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
The Lion and the Cobra
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Am I Not Your Girl?
Singles from I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  1. "Jump in the River"
    Released: 13 September 1989
  2. "Nothing Compares 2 U"
    Released: 21 March 1990
  3. "The Emperor's New Clothes"
    Released: 5 June 1990
  4. "Three Babies"
    Released: 17 December 1990
Sinéad O'Connor's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" from I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got is the second album by Sinéad O'Connor. It was released in March 1990 on Ensign/Chrysalis Records.


The critically acclaimed album contains her most famous single, "Nothing Compares 2 U", and was one of the best selling records in the world in 1990, topping the charts in many countries, including the US, UK, and Canada. It had a few different lyrics than Prince's original. This rendition reflected on O'Connor's mother who lost her life in an auto accident five years earlier. The single "Emperor's New Clothes" found more moderate success, although it did top the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the US.

The album includes O'Connor's rendition of "I Am Stretched on Your Grave", an anonymous 17th century poem, originally written in Irish and translated into English by Frank O'Connor.[citation needed] The first song, "Feels So Different", starts with The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr.

The inner sleeve notes acknowledge Kabbalah teacher, Warren Kenton: "Special thanks to Selina Marshall + Warren Kenton for showing me that all I'd need was inside me."

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide B+[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly A[2]
Los Angeles Times 4/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.8/10[7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[10]

The album was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1991, winning the award for Best Alternative Music Performance. O'Connor refused to accept the nominations and the award.[11]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 406 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[12]

The album sold 7 million copies worldwide.

In 2009, the release of a deluxe anniversary edition of the album was announced, with an extra CD of unreleased tracks, B-sides and hard-to-find mixes.

In 2002, the song Black Boys On Mopeds was covered by Chevelle on their second album Wonder What's Next as a bonus track.

Track listing[edit]

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got – Standard version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feel So Different"   Sinéad O'Connor 6:47
2. "I Am Stretched on Your Grave"  
3. "Three Babies"   O'Connor 4:47
4. "The Emperor's New Clothes"   O'Connor 5:16
5. "Black Boys on Mopeds"   O'Connor 3:53
6. "Nothing Compares 2 U"   Prince 5:10
7. "Jump in the River"  
8. "You Cause as Much Sorrow"   O'Connor 5:04
9. "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance"   O'Connor 4:40
10. "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got"   O'Connor 5:47
Total length:

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Sinéad O'Connor: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, percussion, drum programming, arranger, producer, string arrangements


Chart Date Peak
Certification Sales
UK Albums Chart[13] March 1990 1 2× Platinum[14] 600,000
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 28 April 1990 1 2× Platinum[16] 2,000,000
Switzerland[17] 25 March 1990 1  
Austria[18] 25 March 1990 1  
Canada[19] 21 April 1990 1 5× Platinum[16] 500,000


  1. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got – Sinéad O'Connor". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Sandow, Greg (16 March 1990). "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-857-12595-8. 
  5. ^ Willman, Chris (18 March 1990). "Sinead O'Connor 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got' Chrysalis". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Quantick, David. "Sinead O'Connor – I Do not Want What I Haven't Got – 1990". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Richardson, Mark (24 April 2009). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Limited Edition)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Sandall, Robert (April 1990). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got". Q (43). 
  9. ^ Gilmore, Mikal (22 January 1997). "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  10. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (3 October 2003). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  11. ^ CBSnews.com "Sinead Sings And Speaks Her Mind" Accessed: 3 December 2006
  12. ^ "#406 I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" 1 November 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
  13. ^ EveryHit.co.uk UK Top 40 database Accessed: 3 December 2006
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ Billboard.com Sinead O'Connor album chart history Accessed: 3 December 2006
  16. ^ a b [2]
  17. ^ SwissCharts.com I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got page Accessed: 3 December 2006
  18. ^ AustrianCharts.at I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got page Accessed: 3 December 2006
  19. ^ RPM