I Don't Wanna (Aaliyah song)

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"I Don't Wanna"
Single by Aaliyah
from the album Next Friday (soundtrack) and Romeo Must Die: The Album
ReleasedJanuary 11, 2000 (U.S.)
RecordedFall 1999
  • Scantz
  • Hicks
Aaliyah singles chronology
"Are You That Somebody?"
"I Don't Wanna"
"Try Again"

"I Don't Wanna" is a song by American singer Aaliyah. Written and composed by Johnta Austin, Jazze Pha, Donnie Scantz, and Kevin Hicks, featuring production by Scantz and Hicks, it appears on both the Next Friday soundtrack (1999) and the Romeo Must Die soundtrack (2000). The song was released in as a promotional airplay single in the United States only, where it reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Internationally, "I Don't Wanna" was released as a double A-side with "Come Back in One Piece".

Critical reception[edit]

Damien Scott from Complex felt that the song could've blended in well on Aaliyah's second studio album One in a Million. According to Scott "I Don't Wanna" was a sullen record that would have fit perfectly on One in a Million, thanks to its somber keys, halted delivery, and abrasive honesty." He also felt that it made for the perfect song for someone going through a break up.[1] Quentin B. Huff from PopMatters praised the song saying , "I Don't Wanna" showcases an ode to rekindling love, often in a near-double time delivery, something like Usher's "Confessions, Part II" or Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together".[2]


Chart (2000) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 35
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[4] 5
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[5] 22

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 96
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 25


  1. ^ "The 25 Best Aaliyah Songs". Complex. May 19, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "My Favorite Aaliyah Things". PopMatters. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "Aaliyah Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Aaliyah Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "Aaliyah Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  6. ^ Billboard Top 100 – 2000. "Billboard Top 100 – 2000 – Longbored Surfer – Charts". Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  7. ^ "2000 Year End Chart: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-01-27.

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