I Wish (Skee-Lo song)

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"I Wish"
Skee-Lo I Wish.jpg
Single by Skee-Lo
from the album I Wish
Released March 27, 1995
Format CD single, CD maxi single, cassette single, 12"
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:10
Label Scotti Bros.
Songwriter(s) Anne Dudley, Al Flythe, Trevor Horn, Malcolm McLaren, Skee-Lo
Producer(s) Walter "Kandor" Kahn, Skee-Lo

"I Wish" is a single by Skee-Lo released by Scotti Bros. as his only single. In the United States, the track peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified Gold by the RIAA and sold 600,000 copies domestically.[1][2] Internationally, "I Wish" reached #15 in the UK and #4 in Sweden and Norway. Most of the song's instruments are sampled from "Spinnin'" by Bernard Wright, and the song features a vocal sample of people shouting from the track "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren.

The song was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 1996 Grammy Awards but lost to "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio. Blender listed "I Wish" as #359 on its list of "Greatest Songs Since You Were Born".[3] The music video, directed by Marty Thomas, was nominated for three Billboard Music Video Awards including "Best New Artist Music Video" and "Maximum Vision Clip of the Year".[4]

Overview[edit]

The song's lyrics are self-deprecating, with Skee-Lo lamenting a variety of personal shortcomings that he says are to blame for his unsuccessful love life. He wishes he were of taller stature ("like 6'9") and a basketball player ("a baller"). He wishes for a better car, specifically a '64 Impala, instead of his 1974 Ford Pinto with "an 8-Track and a spare tire in the backseat, but that's flat!" The lyrics also mention the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Crenshaw, and a signpost featuring the street name appears in the background of the music video.

In other media[edit]

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1995/96) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 74
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 21
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 76
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 5
France (SNEP)[11] 24
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[14] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 14
Norway (VG-lista)[16] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 10
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[19] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[20] 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[20] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs[20] 33

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1995) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[21] 58

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American certifications – Skee-Lo – I Wish". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  2. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1995". Billboard. BPI Communications. 108 (3): 56. January 20, 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Blender Magazine Greatest Songs Since You Were Born". Archived from the original on January 11, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  4. ^ Billboard Music Video Awards Nominations Confirmation - Billboard Magazine November 4, 1995 page 20
  5. ^ TOYOTA RAV4 Superbowl Commercial "Wish Granted" Starring Penny from Big Bang Theory
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Skee-Lo – I Wish" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Skee-Lo – I Wish" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 62, No. 12, October 23, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  10. ^ "Skee-Lo: I Wish" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ "Musicline.de – Skee-Lo Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Irish Singles Chart, database". Irishcharts. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Skee-Lo" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Skee-Lo – I Wish". Top 40 Singles.
  16. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish". VG-lista.
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish". Singles Top 100.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ ""I Wish", UK Singles Chart". Chartstats. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  20. ^ a b c "Skee-Lo, Billboard charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  21. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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