Rub You the Right Way

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"Rub You The Right Way"
Single by Johnny Gill
from the album Johnny Gill
ReleasedMarch 13, 1990
RecordedSeptember 1989
StudioFlyte Tyme Studios
(Edina, Minnesota)
GenreNew jack swing[1]
Length5:31 (album version)
4:07 (single version)
4:23 (remix)
4:03 (7" remix)
Songwriter(s)James Harris III & Terry Lewis
  • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (album version)
Johnny Gill singles chronology
"Where Do We Go From Here"
"Rub You The Right Way"
"My, My, My"

"Rub You the Right Way" is a song by Johnny Gill. Taken as the first single from the artist's debut album under Motown, the hit song spent one week in May 1990 at number-one on the US R&B chart, and made it to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in August of that year.[2] The single also peaked at number sixteen on the dance charts[3] and was Gill's first single upon the breakup of New Edition and his biggest hit to date. A remixed version of the song exists with a rap verse from CL Smooth.

The remixed version of the song appeared in the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on fictional new jack swing radio station CSR 103.9.


According to Billboard, the song is about sex, more specifically a "man who offers to use his hands wisely during a night of lovin'."[4]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 59
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 41
UK (Official Charts Company)[8] 77
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 3
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles[10] 1
US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles[11] 16

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 23

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Josephs, Brian (July 20, 2012). "The 25 Best New Jack Swing Songs". Complex. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 229.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 110.
  4. ^ M. Tye Comer, Mariel Concepcion, Monica Herrera, Jessica Letkemann, Evie Nagy and David J. Prince (February 11, 2010). "The 50 Sexiest Songs Of All Time". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2016.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 113.
  6. ^ " > Johnny Gill in Dutch Charts" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  7. ^ " > Johnny Gill in New Zealand Charts". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Charts > Johnny Gill". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  9. ^ "Johnny Gill Chart History > Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  10. ^ "Johnny Gill Chart History > Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "Johnny Gill Chart History > Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15.