I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That

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"I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That"
Single by Elton John
from the album Reg Strikes Back
B-side "Rope Around a Fool"
Released June 1988
Format CD, vinyl record (7" and 12"), audio cassette
Genre Pop, pop rock
Length 4:33
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Take Me to the Pilot" [live] (1988) "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That"
(1988)
"Town of Plenty"
(1988)

"I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" is a hit song from British performer Elton John's 1988 album, Reg Strikes Back. The song was written by John and his long-time songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin. The song reached #30 on the UK Singles Chart. It fared better in the United States, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1988, becoming John's biggest hit of the 1980s there (kept out of the top spot by fellow British singer and vocal collaborator George Michael's hit single "Monkey"). The song also became John's eighth #1 on the adult contemporary chart.[1]

The song describes someone ending a relationship due to not feeling exclusive and important to their partner. The song was regularly played by John in concert during the 1990s, before he retired it in 2000.[2]

There is also a 12" extended remix single of the song by Shep Pettibone released on vinyl during the song's initial release period. This remix appears on the CD box set compilation, To Be Continued..., released in 1990. The Just-Elton-and-His-piano mix of the song is also available (on the reissued 1999 version of the Reg Strikes Back album).

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" — 4:32
  2. "Rope Around a Fool" — 3:46
12" maxi
  1. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" (Shep Pettibone 12" Mix) — 7:20
  2. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" — 4:32
  3. "Rope Around a Fool" — 3:46
CD maxi
  1. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" — 4:33
  2. "Rope Around a Fool" — 3:48
  3. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" (Shep Pettibone 12" Mix) — 7:16

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996
  2. ^ http://www.setlist.fm/stats/songs/elton-john-63d6be6f.html?song=I+Don%27t+Wanna+Go+on+With+You+Like+That
  3. ^ a b c d "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  4. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  5. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  7. ^ "ELTON JOHN - I DON'T WANNA GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT (SONG)". Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  9. ^ a b c d Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  10. ^ http://hitsofalldecades.com/chart_hits/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=175&Itemid=49
  11. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1988.htm
Preceded by
"Roll With It" by Steve Winwood
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
August 20, 1988
Succeeded by
"1-2-3" by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine