Rub You the Right Way

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"Rub You The Right Way"
Single by Johnny Gill
from the album Johnny Gill
Released March 13, 1990
Format CD single
CD maxi
Recorded September 1989
at Flyte Tyme Studios
(Edina, Minnesota)
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 5:32
Label Motown
Writer(s) James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer(s) Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (album version)
DJ Eddie F, Dave "Jam" Hall, Pete Rock (remix)
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 "man who offers to use his hands wisely during a night of lovin'."[4]


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 3
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1
US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 16

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 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. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15.