In My House

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"In My House"
In My House single.jpg
Standard artwork (U.S. 7-inch vinyl pictured)
Single by Mary Jane Girls
from the album Only Four You
Released 1985
Recorded 1984
Genre Dance-pop, post-disco, funk
Length 5:01 (12"), 3:59 (7")
Writer(s) Rick James
Producer(s) Rick James
Mary Jane Girls singles chronology
"In My House"
"Wild and Crazy Love"

"In My House" is the first single released from the American girl group Mary Jane Girls album, Only Four You in 1985. The song went to number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in April of that year and remained atop the chart for two weeks.[1] It was also a top 10 hit on both the U.S. pop and R&B charts. The song peaked at number seven on the pop chart in June 1985 and remained in the Top 40 for 12 weeks.[2] It is the group's biggest hit song and their only Top 40 hit, although they have had other singles succeed on both the R&B and dance charts.

The song was produced by Rick James. In the song, the group declares their devotion to a man and telling him that they will be available to him anytime: If you need some love and tenderness / And it's me, baby, that you miss / Here's the key to unlock the door / To my house, my house.

In 2009, VH1 ranked "In My House" #52 on its program 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

In 1984, the Parents Music Resource Center was organized in the U.S. to draw attention to music which the group believed contained inappropriate content for children. "In My House" was chosen on the group's "Filthy Fifteen" list due to its alleged sexual innuendo. However, during the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s program, the group went on record as saying the song is not about sex, but about love.[3]


Chart (1985) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 19
Belgium Singles Chart[5] 6
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[6] 6
Netherlands[7] 6
US Billboard Hot 100 7
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
UK 77

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 168.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), p. 403.
  3. ^ "The PMRC Filthy Fifteen" Retrieved 1 May 2009.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ ultratop [1] (Retrieved December 3, 2014)
  6. ^ [2] (Retrieved December 3, 2014)
  7. ^ [3] (Retrieved December 3, 2014)
Preceded by
"Material Girl" by Madonna
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
April 6, 1985 - April 19, 1985
Succeeded by
"Point of No Return" by Exposé