You're Makin' Me High

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"You're Makin' Me High"
You're Makin' Me High The Remix Let It Flow US CD maxi-single.JPG
US artwork (commercial CD maxi-single pictured)
Single by Toni Braxton
from the album Secrets
B-side"Let It Flow"
ReleasedMay 21, 1996 (1996-05-21)
Length
  • 4:27 (album mix)
  • 4:12 (single mix)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Toni Braxton singles chronology
"I Belong to You" / "How Many Ways"
(1994)
"You're Makin' Me High" / "Let It Flow"
(1996)
"Un-Break My Heart"
(1996)

"You're Makin' Me High" is the lead single from American singer Toni Braxton's second studio album, Secrets (1996). This mid-tempo song represents a joint collaboration between the Grammy Award-winning producer Babyface and Bryce Wilson, and was issued in the United States as a double A-side with "Let It Flow", the airplay hit from the 1995 film Waiting to Exhale. The beat of the song was originally for singer-songwriter Brandy, with Dallas Austin pegged to write a lyric to override, however Braxton had Babyface pin lyrics to the song and history was made.

"You're Makin' Me High" became Braxton's first number-one single on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts; it remained on top for one week on the former and for two weeks on the latter, eventually going Platinum. A remix by David Morales with re-recorded vocals allowed the single to also top the Dance Club Songs chart for two weeks in August 1996. Another remix for urban markets was created featuring rapper Foxy Brown, called the "Groove Mix". A Dancehall mix was done also featuring Jamaican Dancehall Dj Mad Cobra.

The song earned Braxton her third Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1997. The success of "You're Makin' Me High" would later be continued with the release of "Un-Break My Heart". "You're Makin' Me High" was sampled for Method Man & Redman's 2001 song "Part II", from the How High soundtrack. In 2014, Anglo-American producer/DJ Secondcity sampled a part of the song's bridge for the main hook of his UK number-one single "I Wanna Feel".

Critical reception[edit]

Alan Jones from Music Week described "You're Makin' Me High" as "a nagging and surprisingly sprightly R&B workout", with Braxton's "exceptional" vocals and deemed it "an obvious hit".[1] Damien Mendis from the magazine's RM Dance Update rated the song five out of five, writing, "Oh my gosh! The ever-reliable Babyface hooks up with Bryce Wilson of Groove Theory to create a definitive true R&B flave that'll leave you begging for more. Check the recipe: phat 'Tell Me'-style beats, Intro/Edie Brickell-ish guitar licks entwined with subtle bass and a floating eastern-sounding moog hook. Toni's effortlessly smooth vocal is textured beautifully with lushly layered backing harmonies. Delicious!"[2] Pop Rescue noted it as a "wonderful mid-tempo song, making the most of the sultry vocals, slinky bass and beats." They added that the backing vocals "sound great – adding an extra layer of warmth."[3]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video, directed by Bille Woodruff, features Braxton and a group of friends (consisting of actresses Erika Alexander, Vivica A. Fox, and Tisha Campbell-Martin) enjoying themselves in luxurious surroundings. An elevator brings up a series of men, some very attractive and others amusingly unattractive. Braxton and her friends "judge" the men using oversized playing cards as score cards. Periodically, one of the women chooses a man to leave with. Braxton chooses Bryce Wilson, whom she dated at the time, and they are shown together in a bathtub of cotton candy and on a dance floor, with Braxton also shown wearing a white bodysuit.

Track listings[edit]

US cassette single

  1. "You're Makin' Me High" (Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "Let It Flow" (Album Version) – 4:22
  3. "You're Makin' Me High" (Instrumental) – 4:07
  4. "Let It Flow" (Instrumental) – 4:22

European CD maxi single

  1. "You're Makin' Me High" (Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "You're Makin' Me High" (Album Version) – 4:26
  3. "You're Makin' Me High" (Morales Classic Edit) – 3:35
  4. "You're Makin' Me High" (Morales Classic Mix) – 9:41

UK CD1

  1. "You're Makin' Me High" (Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "You're Makin' Me High" (T'empo's Radio Edit) – 4:05
  3. "You're Makin' Me High" (Dancehall Mix) – 4:52
  4. "You're Makin' Me High" (Groove Remix) – 4:34 - featuring Foxy Brown
  5. "You're Makin' Me High" (T'empo's Private Club Mix) - 8:50
  6. "You're Makin' Me High" (Morales Classic Mix) – 9:41

UK CD2

  1. "You're Makin' Me High" (Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "Let It Flow" – 4:22
  3. "Breathe Again" – 4:17
  4. "Another Sad Love Song" – 4:55

Personnel and credits[edit]

Credits are adapted from album liner notes.[4]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[26] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[40] Platinum 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[43] Platinum 1,500,000[42]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States May 14, 1996 (1996-05-14) Contemporary hit radio LaFace [44]
May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21)
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
[45]
United Kingdom July 1, 1996 (1996-07-01)
  • CD
  • cassette
[46]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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