You Got It All

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For the Union J song, see You Got It All (Union J song).
"You Got It All"
Single by The Jets
from the album The Jets
B-side "Burn the Candle"
Released August 2, 1986
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1985
Genre R&B, pop, adult contemporary
Label MCA
Writer(s) Rupert Holmes
Producer(s) Don Powell, David Rivkin
The Jets singles chronology
"Private Number"
"You Got It All"
"Christmas in My Heart"

"You Got It All" is a song recorded by band The Jets. It was released in 1986 as the fourth single from their debut studio album "The Jets" (1985). It was written by Rupert Holmes, most famous for the 1979 hit "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)". The song features the second youngest member of the group, 13-year-old Elizabeth Wolfgramm, on lead vocals.

"You Got It All" peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. in early 1987. The song also topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks, and reached number two on the R&B chart, kept from the top spot by "Let's Wait Awhile" by Janet Jackson. It was also featured in the film Jaws: The Revenge as well as 1987 episodes of the daytime soap operas Another World, As The World Turns, Days of Our Lives, and General Hospital.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1986–87) Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles 11
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 3
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[2] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[3] 2
US Cash Box Top 100[4] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Rank
Canada[5] 77
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 43
US Cash Box Top 100[7] 42

Britney Spears version[edit]

"You Got It All"
Promotional single by Britney Spears from the album Oops!... I Did It Again
Released May 16, 2000
Format CD single
Recorded August 1997
Genre Teen pop, R&B
Length 4:09
Label Jive
Writer(s) Rupert Holmes

Eric Foster White

Music sample


In 1997, Britney Spears started to work on her debut album ...Baby One More Time.[8] After meeting up with producer Eric Foster White in August, the singer got to know the original version of "You've Got It All" by the Jets and decided to record a cover of the song.[8] Steve Lunt, Jive's A&R vice president at the time, revealed that when the label's CEO "heard [the track] in the A&R meeting, he said, 'OK, we've got something.' Up until that, it was in doubt."[8] "You Got It All" was originally intended to be released on Spears' debut album as a bonus track, however, it was only released on certain international editions of Oops!... I Did It Again (2000).[9]


A favorable review from CD Universe said, "The Jets' gem 'You've Got It All' shines brightly as ever with Britney's girlish allure. Take note, however, that Britney's not all bubbles—with an obvious influence from Mariah Carey, she glides quite ably through the key changes and delivers octave leaps and vibratos that should melt just about any heart, young or old."[10]

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Filipino pop singer Arnee Hidalgo covered her version of the song in 2000.
  • Filipino acoustic band MYMP also covered their version of the song in 2005.



External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Ballerina Girl" by Lionel Richie
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single (The Jets version)
March 7, 1987
Succeeded by
"Mandolin Rain" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range