You Got It (The Right Stuff)

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"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
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Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album Hangin' Tough
B-side "Remix"
Released November 7, 1988
Format Cassette, 12" maxi, CD single
Recorded 1987
Genre R&B,[1] synthpop, dance-pop
Length 4:13
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Maurice Starr
Producer(s) Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Please Don't Go Girl"
(1988)
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
(1988)
"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"
(1989)

"Please Don't Go Girl"
(1988)
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
(1988)
"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"
(1989)

"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" is a 1988 single from New Kids on the Block. The lead vocals were sung by Jordan Knight and Donnie Wahlberg. The second single from the group's second album Hangin' Tough, it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in early 1989, while topping the UK charts in November 1989.[2] On the album, it was simply listed as "The Right Stuff". A Spanish version of the song was made ("Autentica") and peaked at number 11 in Spain.[3]

Chart performances[edit]

The single appeared in the Top 40 for the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart the week of January 14, 1989, rising from number 45 to 37. "You Got It" reached its peak of number 3 the week of March 11, 1989. Altogether, "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" spent 5 weeks in the Top 10, 8 weeks in the Top 20, and 13 weeks in the Top 40. The song was number one in Australia in August 1989, and in the UK (on its second release) in November 1989. On March 29, 1989 the single was certified Gold.[4] "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)" is commonly regarded as one of the band's signature songs. In the music video, Jordan Knight is seen wearing a Bauhaus T-shirt. The song ranked as number 92 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of the 80's.

In popular culture[edit]

The song can be heard in the 1989 film The Wizard. In 1992, "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied the song on his Off the Deep End album as "The White Stuff," a loving ode to the white filling in Oreo cookies. It was also joked about in the episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" on Family Guy. In a King of the Hill episode, Boomhauer says about a boy band called 4Skore, "You talkin' 'bout that dang ol' boy band, man. Talkin' 'bout prancin' around, ol' 'Oh, oh, oh, oh...'". Kid Rock, on his album The Polyfuze Method, sampled the song on his "Killin' Brain Cells". This song is featured on the game Dance Dance Revolution X2. In the season 8 episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "Charlie's Mom Has Cancer", Dr. Jinx (Sean Combs) plays the song on his electric bass to help Dennis have feelings again. In an after credits clip of a season 6 episode of Psych that Joey McIntyre co-starred in, Joey, James Roday and Dule Hill dance to the song.

In the 2012 Adam Sandler comedy film That's My Boy, the character Todd Peterson (Andy Samberg) receives a tattoo of New Kids on the Block on his back as a child, which later becomes warped as he grows up. Upon discovery of this, his father Donny Berger (Adam Sandler) responds by singing the chorus of "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)" with the lyrics changed so that he sings: "Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, you got a bad tattoo. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, their heads are fucking warped."

The song is used by David Wright of the New York Mets as his walk-up song.

In the first episode of Fuller House, DJ, Stephenie, Kimmy, and the rest of the cast dance to a 30-second clip of the song.

The song is featured twice in the 2017 big screen version of 'It', based on the Stephen King novel.

Cover versions[edit]

In 2007, the song was performed by Westlife on their The Love Tour. On the fourth series of The X Factor Australia, contestants The Collective, performed this song. The all-female singing group Fifth Harmony performed this song on the October 28, 2014, episode of the MTV series Faking It.[5]

Track listings[edit]

CD single CBS / Cassette single / Vinyl single

  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" – 4:09
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [remix] – 3:32

12" maxi – US

  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [12" version] – 5:18
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [7" version] – 3:32
  3. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [instrumental] – 5:15

7" single – Europe

  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" – 4:09
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [remix] – 3:32

12" maxi – Australia

  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [12" version] – 5:18
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [7" version] – 3:32
  3. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [instrumental] – 5:15

7" single – Australia

  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" – 4:09
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [instrumental] – 5:15

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music genre". Honda Center. Retrieved 2013-07-13. 
  2. ^ EveryHit.com
  3. ^ a b c d Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  4. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  5. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/1978984/fifth-harmony-nkotb-performance-faking-it/
  6. ^ "New Kids on the Block Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "New Kids on the Block Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de Archived 2009-06-17 at WebCite (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  10. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "New Kids on the Block Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  15. ^ "Austriancharts.at – New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – New Kids on the Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  17. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  18. ^ "British single certifications – New Kids On The Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 13 March 2016.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter You Got It (The Right Stuff) in the search field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "American single certifications – New Kids On The Block – You Got It (The Right Stuff)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 13 March 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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