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"
Recorded 1991 (Demo Version)
1994 (Album Version)
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 under 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 features a vocal sample of people shouting from the track "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren. The song also has a lyrical allusion to "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield.[citation needed]

In 1991, Skee-Lo recorded the vocals for "I Wish" with a demoed instrumental track sounding similar to the original. The song's vocals weren't mastered until the album's production in late 1994 - March 1995. The demo version was omitted from the I Wish album. In 1995, Skee-Lo measured a reported 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m).[3]

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."[4] 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". [5]


In the song, Skee-Lo wishes for a girl, but she says he is not her type. He wishes he was more like her boyfriend, taller ("like 6'9") and a basketball player ("a baller"). He also 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 Crenshaw, and a signpost featuring the street name appears in the background of the music video.

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Peak positions[edit]

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

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1995) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[22] 58


  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. ^ Boone, Brian (30 July 2012). "How Much Progress Has Skee-Lo Made On His "I Wish" Wish List?". Funny or Die. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Blender Magazine Greatest Songs Since You Were Born". Archived from the original on January 11, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2008. 
  5. ^ Billboard Music Video Awards Nominations Confirmation - Billboard Magazine November 4, 1995 page 20
  6. ^ TOYOTA RAV4 Superbowl Commercial "Wish Granted" Starring Penny from Big Bang Theory
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Skee-Lo – I Wish" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Skee-Lo – I Wish" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 62, No. 12, October 23, 1995". RPM. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  11. ^ "Skee-Lo: I Wish" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Musicline.de – Skee-Lo Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. ^ "Irish Singles Chart, database". Irishcharts. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Skee-Lo search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Skee-Lo – I Wish". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish". VG-lista.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Skee-Lo – I Wish". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ ""I Wish", UK Singles Chart". Chartstats. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  21. ^ a b c "Skee-Lo, Billboard charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  22. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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