I Wanna Get Next to You

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"I Wanna Get Next To You"
I Wanna Get Next to You - Rose Royce.jpg
Single by Rose Royce
from the album Car Wash: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • "Sunrise" (US)
  • "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" (International)
ReleasedDecember 1976
Format7" single
GenreDisco, soul
Songwriter(s)Norman Whitfield
Producer(s)Norman Whitfield
Rose Royce singles chronology
"Car Wash"
"I Wanna Get Next To You"
"I'm Going Down"

"I Wanna Get Next to You" is a 1976 soul single written, composed and produced by American songwriter and producer Norman Whitfield, and most famously sung by American R&B band Rose Royce. It is the third official single from the Car Wash soundtrack. The song has also become a staple on oldies radio and on adult contemporary stations.


The song talks about how a narrator pleads love for a beautiful woman, except that the young woman is unkind, and does not understand his affection for her, as he wastes his own money calling her, but she does not respond, regardless, he still wants to "get next" to her.

Chart performance[edit]

The song became the group's second top 10 single on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 10, and peaking at number 3 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. The song was also successful worldwide, becoming their second Top 40 hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was sung on the popular sitcom in 1995, Martin, in the season three episode, "All the Players Came", where Martin Lawrence's character, Jerome, the pimp, sings the song to guest star Pam Grier as part of a competition, facing off with Dolemite and Huggy Bear (played by Rudy Ray Moore and Antonio Fargas) for Detroit's "Player of the Year" award, as part of the competition he sings the song poorly which attracts Pam Grier, which he later in the episode wins unanimously.[citation needed] In the same year, the sound was also featured on the soundtrack to the popular movie Friday.[citation needed] In 1997, this song was covered by R&B singer Cherrelle, and the R&B duo Christión.[citation needed] The song was also featured on the movie Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.[citation needed]


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  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 206.
  4. ^ Australian-charts.com Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 11, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  6. ^ http://nztop40.co.nz/chart/?chart=3866
  7. ^ "Old-Charts". Old-Charts. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  8. ^ Musicoutfitters.com

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