I Want You Back (Mel B song)

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"I Want You Back"
I Want You Back (Melanie B single).jpg
Single by Melanie B featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott
from the album Hot
Released 14 September 1998 (UK)[1]
13 October 1998 (US)[2]
Recorded 21–24 June 1998[3]
Length 3:26 (radio edit)
3:51 (soundtrack version)
Label Virgin
Producer(s) Missy Elliott
Melanie B singles chronology
"I Want You Back"
"Word Up!"
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott singles chronology
"I Want You Back"
"Here We Come"
Music video
"I Want You Back" on YouTube

"I Want You Back" is a song by Melanie B, released as her first solo single. It was released as the lead single from her debut album Hot and also included in the soundtrack to the 1998 film Why Do Fools Fall in Love. The song peaked at number-one in the UK Singles Chart, and it is the only song from a Spice Girls' member to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4]

Melanie B recalled, "This was the first time I'd even considered doing anything by myself. I was on tour with the Spice Girls when Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott called me up and said 'Melanie, I've got a song for you, will you come and record it with me?' I checked it with the girls and within a month I was out there, I recorded it in a day, did the video, then came back. She's a genius!"

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Hype Williams.[3] The video uses the radio edit version of the song and the cover for the single is a still from the music video. The video starts with Melanie and Missy singing the intro and as the first verse starts, Melanie is seen with her husband as she smacks, hits and teases him. Melanie is pregnant in the video. In the second verse Melanie is seen crawling on a table to meet her husband at the end for more teasing, wearing Gene Simmons-esque make-up. As the bridge comes on, Melanie is seen in a cage with her husband high in the air. Shots of Melanie, Missy and people dancing are seen as the video ends.

Track listings and formats[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "I Want You Back".


  1. "I Want You Back" (radio edit) – 3:25
  2. "I Want You Back" (soundtrack version) – 3:51
  3. "I Want You Back" (MAW remix) – 8:22

UK 12" Vinyl Side A

  1. "I Want You Back" (MAW remix) – 8:22

Side B

  1. "I Want You Back" (deep dub) – 8:16
  2. "I Want You Back" (soundtrack version) – 3:51


  1. "I Want You Back" (radio edit) – 3:25
  2. "I Want You Back" (instrumental) – 3:55


  1. "I Want You Back" (radio edit) – 3:25
  2. "I Want You Back" (soundtrack version) – 3:51
  3. "I Want You Back" (MAW remix) – 8:22


Chart (1998) Peak
UK Singles Chart[4] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 25
Preceded by
"Millennium" by Robbie Williams
UK Singles Chart number-one single
20 September 1998 – 26 September 1998
Succeeded by
"Rollercoaster" by B*Witched


  1. ^ "I Want You Back". Amazon. Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "I Want You Back [UK CD]". Amazon. Amazon.com. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 625. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.