You Don't Own Me
|"You Don't Own Me"|
|Single by Lesley Gore|
|from the album Lesley Gore Sings of Mixed-Up Hearts|
|B-side||"Run Bobby, Run"|
|Lesley Gore singles chronology|
"You Don't Own Me" is a popular song written by Philadelphia songwriters John Madara and David White and recorded by Lesley Gore in 1963, when Gore was 17 years old. The song was Gore's second most successful recording and her last top-ten single. On November 27, 2016, the Grammy Hall of Fame announced its induction, along with that of another 24 songs.
The song expresses a threatened emancipation, as the singer tells a lover that he does not own her, that he is not to tell her what to do or what to say, and that he is not to put her on display. The song's lyrics became an inspiration for younger women and are sometimes cited as a factor in the second wave feminist movement. Gore said, "My take on the song was: I'm 17, what a wonderful thing, to stand up on a stage and shake your finger at people and sing you don't own me." In Gore's obituary, The New York Times referred to "You Don't Own Me" as "indelibly defiant".
The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. The song remained at number two for three consecutive weeks on 1 February 1964, unable to overcome the Beatles' hit, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and it became Gore's second most successful hit, next to "It's My Party". The song was Gore's last top-ten single.
|"You Don't Own Me"|
|Single by Grace featuring G-Eazy|
|from the album FMA|
|Released||17 March 2015|
|Grace singles chronology|
|G-Eazy singles chronology|
The song was covered by Australian singer and songwriter Grace and was released as her debut single. It features American rapper G-Eazy. Grace's version was produced by Quincy Jones, who also produced the original recording by Lesley Gore, and Parker Ighile. It was released on 17 March 2015 one month after Lesley Gore died, and peaked at number one on the ARIA Charts, later being certified 3× Platinum by the ARIA. The song was also a success in New Zealand, peaking at number five for two consecutive weeks, and in the United Kingdom, peaking at number four.
In an interview with House of Fraser, Grace said "[Quincy Jones] told me how the song came out during the feminist movement and how it was such a strong statement. I loved the song, started researching Lesley Gore and fell in love with her as an artist. [You Don't Own Me] really inspired me."
The song was released worldwide on 17 March 2015. It grew to prominence in the UK when it was used in the 2015 House of Fraser Christmas advert. It was also performed by The X Factor contestant Lauren Murray on 28 November 2015 and Matt Terry on 8 October 2016.. The increased exposure for the song helped it rise to a peak of number four on the UK Singles Chart. The song was featured in the third trailer for the 2016 film Suicide Squad  and appeared on the film's soundtrack album.
The song was featured in the opening of Riverdale's eighth episode in March 2017.
A music video directed by Taylor Cohen was released on 1 June 2015.
Charts and certifications
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||55|
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||42|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||45|
|Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)||52|
|Hungary (Single Top 40)||32|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||5|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||3|
|Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)||50|
|Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)||38|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||60|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||4|
|US Billboard Hot 100||57|
|US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)||22|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||43|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||87|
|Australia (ARIA)||3× Platinum||210,000^|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||80,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000*|
|Poland (ZPAV)||2× Platinum||40,000*|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||600,000|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
The song has been covered by The Tremeloes, Dusty Springfield on her debut album, A Girl Called Dusty, cello rock group Rasputina on their album How We Quit the Forest, Elaine Paige on her album Love Can Do That, Joan Jett on her debut album Bad Reputation, The Blow Monkeys on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, Jack Killed Jill on their album Hello Neighbor, by Poliça on their Raw Exit EP, and by Quintron on The Unmasked Organ Light-Year of Inifinity Man.
At the time the song was originally released, versions were recorded in several other languages, both by Lesley Gore herself, and by other artists. The German version was "Goodbye Tony", recorded by Lesley Gore. The Italian version was "Va... Tu Sei Libero", recorded by Lesley Gore, Isabella Iannetti, and Dalida. The French version was "Je Ne Sais Plus", recorded by Lesley Gore, Dalida, and Jacqueline Boyer. An alternate French version, "Je Suis Libre", was performed by the Canadian singer Michèle Richard. It was also recorded in Swedish, as "Jag Vill Ha Dig" by Marianne Kock, and in Dutch, as "Ik Wil Vrij Zijn", by Liliane Saint-Pierre, as the B-side to her first hit record, "We Gotta Stop", as well as having been recorded in Japanese by Mieko Hirota.
André Hazes recorded a Dutch-language version of the song in 1981 for his album Gewoon André; "Zeg Maar Niets Meer" was popular in Europe, and reached number 2 in the Dutch charts in early 1982. In 1998, Eva Pilarová sung a Czech version under the name "Cesta končí" on the album Requiem.
Selena Gomez covered the song during her 2015 Revival World tour.
Klaus Nomi version, like most of Nomi's recordings, was fairly obscure in Nomi's lifetime, but it later gained exposure through posthumous airplay on The Rush Limbaugh Show as the theme to Limbaugh's "Gay Updates."
In 2012, Tavi Gevinson and Petra Collins, along with many other celebrities, starred in a music video lipsynching to the song. These videos were later made into a public service announcement (PSA) addressing Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign and his intentions regarding abortion and Planned Parenthood. The PSA was directed by musician Sarah Sophie Flicker of The Citizens Band and filmmaker Maximilla Lukacs, and produced by Rebecca Fernandez. Other celebrities in the video include Carrie Brownstein, Alexa Chung, Karen Elson, Zoe Kravitz, Natasha Lyonne, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Dunham, Sia, Becky Stark, and Miranda July. The online video included spoken commentary by Gore.
It was also covered by Arielle Dombasle on the album French Kiss, released in 2015 with The Hillbilly Moon Explosion.
The song was featured in a Toyota television ad campaign in the United States in 2016-2017.
The song is featured during the credits of the pilot episode of The Handmaid's Tale.
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