Take Me There (Blackstreet & Mýa song)

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"Take Me There"
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Single by Blackstreet and Mýa featuring Blinky Blink and Mase
from the album The Rugrats Movie: Music From the Motion Picture and Finally
Released 1998
Format CD single
Recorded September 1998[1]
Length 4:04
Label Interscope
Producer(s) Teddy Riley
Blackstreet singles chronology
"The City Is Mine"
(1998) The City Is Mine1998
"Take Me There"
(1998) Take Me There1998
"Get Ready"
(1999) Get Ready1999
Mýa singles chronology
"Movin' On"
(1998) Movin' On1998
"Take Me There"
(1998) Take Me There1998
"Somebody Like Me"
(1999) Somebody Like Me1999
Mase singles chronology
'"Top of the World"
(1998) "Top of the World1998
"Take Me There"
(1998) Take Me There1998
"Get Ready"
(1999) Get Ready1999
Blinky Blink singles chronology
"Take Me There"
(1998) Take Me There1998
"Make Me Wanna Sing"
(2000) Make Me Wanna Sing2000

"Take Me There" is a contemporary R&B song by American quartet Blackstreet and singer Mýa featuring Bad Boy rappers Mase and Blinky Blink. The track was produced by Teddy Riley for the soundtrack for the motion picture film The Rugrats Movie and featured on Blackstreet's third studio album Finally. "Take Me There" was written by Mase, Michael Foster, Madeline Nelson, Teddy Riley, and Tamara Savage. The song also serves as the theme song for The Rugrats Movie.

"Take Me There" was released in November 1998 in the United States as the lead and only single from The Rugrats Movie soundtrack. The single was a commercial success, entering the Billboard chart on November 28, 1998, then peaking at number 14 on January 23, 1999 on the Hot 100 chart,[2] and reaching number 10 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. "Take Me There" was a commercial success internationally, reaching the top ten in Ireland and the United Kingdom, and the top twenty in Japan; it also reached the top spot in New Zealand and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. In 2014, Billboard ranked "Take Me There" in its "Top 50 Forgotten Gems From the Now! Series", which list songs from the series that were underrated at the time of their release.[3]


Initially, Blackstreet became involved with The Rugrats Movie (1998) and its soundtrack after finding out that their group was Nickelodeon's favorite R&B group. Looking for other ways to tap into what was popular with kids, Teddy Riley enlisted the help of Mýa and Ma$e. Riley explained, "We thought it would be a great idea." Commenting, "It would appeal to the kids, and to get a more... broader audience of the kids, it would be great to have Mýa and Ma$e." The result, a contemporary R&B song entitled "Take Me There," which Riley produced and incorporated the Rugrats theme song.[4] Backstage, at the MTV Video Music Awards, Mýa talked about collaboration commenting, "It was good actually." "We knocked it out in one day. Kids came to the studio [to hear the song], and they were listening to the song and they were just singing right along, because [the song] rings a bell when you first hear it."[5]


"Take Me There" is a contemporary R&B/ rap song with a soft melody and the song runs for four minutes and four seconds while the full length version, including the instrumental, is five minutes and two seconds. It contains interpolations of the original Rugrats TV theme, which was written by Mark Mothersbaugh (not credited as a songwriter though) with an additional hip hop/rap beat.

Music video[edit]

The music video[6] premiered in October 1998. The video starts with Angelica Pickles turning on the television to a clip of the Rugrats pulling the Reptar Wagon up a hill then to the music video. The clip used appears to be the deleted scene "The Rugrats March". It takes place in a realistic, live action version of the Pickles' house, with Mýa and Blackstreet dancing through the house. Mýa is seen in Tommy Pickles' bedroom and the members Blackstreet are seen in the kitchen. During the rap from Mase and Blinky Blink, they are driving the Reptar Wagon. During this part, they used the background from a scene in the film. It also contains clips from the movie. As the video ends Angelica turns the television off. The video premiered as a part of Blackstreet and Mýa's hosting of SNICK.[7] The video was directed by Luke Nola and Steve Saussey.

Chart performance[edit]

The Rugrats Movie soundtrack has earned a Platinum Record, awarded when an album has sold over 1 million copies in the US. The main selling element of the soundtrack has not been the Rugrats, but the major label artists who have appeared on the soundtrack; in particular, the Jackson 5 version of "Take Me There" is climbing the charts.[8] While the original was still on radio airplay the remix was making both versions a hit on every radio station and play lists. On December 19, 1998, the song earned a peak of 27 in only three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 "Greatest Gainer/ Airplay". That same day it made its way onto the Top 40 Tracks in four weeks. In the week of December 7, 1998, "Take Me There" had been peaked #13 on the Hits of the World board in the United Kingdom. The song landed on #19 of the Video Monitor, the most-played clips as monitored by the Broadcast Data Systems, by being played many times on BET, it did very well on the MTV playlists peaking at #21 in the same week. Well liked in The Clip List, it made a debut on the Box Tops, and was played about 15 hours weekly on the California Music Channel (CMC).

Seeing the popularity of "Take Me There", Sound Tracks had this to say: "Airplay of 'Take Me There' by Blackstreet & Mýa featuring Mase and Blinky Blink (Interscope) continues to grow on the Hot 100 and the Hot 100 Airplay charts. 'Take Me There' moves 27-19 on Hot 100 Airplay and 35-27 on the Hot 100 to earn the Greatest Gainer/ Airplay title for its 17% increase in audience. A remix by Big Yam using the melody of the Jackson 5's 'I Want You Back' and a rapless edit are helping the track make inroads at radio. No doubt, the song's inclusion on the Burger King commercials promoting the Rugrats toys being offered by the fast-food giant is helping the song gain exposure. [...] Just look at the jump 'Take Me There' took after 'The Rugrats Movie' opened. 'Take Me There' was shipped to radio the first week in October but didn't really affect the charts until the film took off." It also helped the soundtrack stay at #20 on the Billboard 200 chart for five weeks.[9]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1998–99) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 5
Canada (RPM)[11] 21
Canada Dance(RPM)[12] 8
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[13] 47
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 58
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 22
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 22
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 7
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[21] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 14
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[23] 10
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[24] 13
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[25] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[26] 91


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[27] Platinum 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Versions of the song[edit]

  • Want U Back Mix (3:19)
  • Radio Version (4:01)
  • Album Version (5:02)
  • Instrumental Version (5:01)

Demo version issued only to radio stations and featuring "The Rugrats Soundtrack" logo on the cover; this version was issued around the same time as the movie soundtrack's release in October 1998; same contents as above, but does not feature the "Want U Back" mix. Demo version was available in CD and 12-inch vinyl record.

Now That's What I Call Music 2 (US version) - co-released by Universal, EMI and Virgin, it is a "greatest hits" CD (based on a similar series of the same title sold in the UK since the mid-1980s); "Take Me There" is included on that CD.[1]

Selections from The Rugrats Movie[edit]

This demo CD contains 4 favorites from The Rugrats Movie soundtrack.

Track listing

1. "Take Me There" - Blackstreet and Mýa featuring Mase and Blinky Blink

2. "On Your Marks Get Set, Ready, Go!" - Busta Rhymes

3. "Take The Train" - Rakim and Danny Saber

4. "Yo Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Yum!" - E.G. Daily, Christine Cavanaugh & Kath Soucie


The remix appears on Finally (omitting Mase and Blinky Blink from the Finally version, possibly because their verses primarily revolve around the Rugrats characters) and The Rugrats Movie Soundtrack, which sampled the Jackson 5's #1 hit, "I Want You Back", but it is not used in the film. It is available on the Consumer CD version which was issued in the UK around the same time as the movie's release there in March 1999, and is available as an import item, and may be hard to find at United States record stores.[28]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Take Me There (Radio Version)" - 4:01
  2. "Take Me There (Want U Back Mix)" - 4:00
  3. "Take Me There (Album Version)" - 5:04
  4. "Take Me There (Instrumental)" - 5:01

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mya Records With Blackstreet For "Rug Rats" Movie". MTV News. September 16, 1998. Retrieved May 16, 2011. 
  2. ^ https://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/1999-01-23
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6077575/now-thats-what-i-call-music-50-forgotten-gems?page=0%2C0
  4. ^ "Blackstreet Discusses Hooking Up With Mya, Mase For "Rugrats"". MTV. Retrieved 2018-01-26. 
  5. ^ "Mya Records With Blackstreet For "Rug Rats" Movie". MTV. Retrieved 2018-01-26. 
  6. ^ http://vodpod.com/watch/434583-blackstreet-ft-mya-mase-blinky-blink-take-me-there
  7. ^ http://www.blastfromthepasttv.com/snick.html
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2010-05-25. 
  9. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=KQoEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA79&lpg=PA79&dq=take+me+there+rugrats+charts&source
  10. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 68, No. 20 Mar 08, 1999". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2017-07-16. 
  11. ^ "Dance/Urban - Volume 68, No. 15 Feb 01, 1999". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  12. ^ "Euro Chart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. 1998-12-19. p. 18. Retrieved January 7, 2018. 
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Take Me There". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 3, 1999" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Blackstreet: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  17. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  18. ^ "Blackstreet Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-07-16.
  19. ^ "Blackstreet Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-02-10.
  20. ^ "Mya Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  21. ^ "Mya Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  22. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  23. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". RMNZ. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  24. ^ http://www.rugratonline.com/rrmovi2c.htm

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