You Want This

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"You Want This"
You Want This cover - Janet Jackson.jpeg
Single by Janet Jackson featuring MC Lyte
from the album Janet
B-side "70's Love Groove"
"New Agenda"
Released October 11, 1994 (1994-10-11)
Recorded Fall 1992; Flyte Tyme Studios
(Edina, Minnesota)
Genre New jack swing[1]
Length 4:46 (single mix feat. MC Lyte)
5:05 (album version)
Label Virgin
  • Janet Jackson
  • Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"You Want This"
"Whoops Now/What'll I Do"

"You Want This" is a song by American singer Janet Jackson from her fifth studio album, Janet (1993). Released as the album's seventh single (sixth and final in the U.S.) in October 1994, the track was written and produced by Jackson and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The single version, also used in the music video, featured an additional rap verse from MC Lyte. The song was listed in the Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era (2005) by Bruce Pollock.[2]

Song information[edit]

Based on samples from Diana Ross & the Supremes' 1968 song "Love Child" and Kool & the Gang's 1973 song "Jungle Boogie", the song is about Jackson being told by her girls that a guy is watching and wanting her. Jackson proclaims if the guy wants to be with her, he has to work for it. The single contains two B-sides, the janet. track "New Agenda" and the then-unreleased "70's Love Groove", which also appears on 1995's janet. Remixed.

MC Lyte said of the song: "By that time, Janet and I were friends. It was just a matter of her asking if I wanted to do it. I was just about to go on tour with her and do her U.S. leg. Coupled with that, they asked me to do a song with her that we could perform while we were on that tour.” [3]

Chart performance[edit]

The single peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and was moderately successful internationally, making it to the top twenty in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The single entered the UK R&B Singles chart at #2. [4]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Keir McFarlane in August 1994. Loosely based on Russ Meyer's 1965 film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, it centers around Jackson and her friends encountering two men. Set at a motel in the desert, it features car chases and also contains a dance routine towards the end. Two versions of the video, one black-and-white and the other colorized, are available on the 1994 video compilation janet. The colorized version is featured on the repackage of 2001's All for You as well as the 2004 DVD From Janet to Damita Jo: The Videos.

MC Lyte declared: “I was totally psyched to be in a video with Janet Jackson. The only thing I wish I did know how to do was dance [laughs]. Have I been able to dance I could have really participated."[3]

Live Performances[edit]

Jackson has performed the song on four of her tours, janet. Tour, Rock Witchu Tour, the Number Ones, Up Close and Personal, and the Unbreakable World Tour.

Track listings[edit]

Official remixes[edit]

  • Album version – 5:05
  • LP edit – 4:15
  • Remix featuring MC Lyte – 4:46
  • Mafia & Fluxy Dancehall Remix – 4:31
  • Mafia & Fluxy Club Mix – 6:28
  • Disco Theory (No Rap) – 6:14
  • Disco Theory – 6:14
  • E-Smoove's Anthem 7" – 4:24
  • E-Smoove's House Anthem – 9:43
  • E Smoove's Anthem Dub – 6:32
  • E-Smoove's Underdub – 7:21
  • Smoove Soul 7" – 4:16
  • Smoove Soul 12" – 6:20
  • Funk Extravaganza – 7:42
  • Spoiled Milk. Remix – 4:44


  • 1 "You Want This"/"70's Love Groove"


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  2. ^ Pollock, Bruce (2005). Rock Song Index: The 7500 Most Important Songs for the Rock and Roll Era (second ed.). Routledge. ISBN 0-415-97073-3. 
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved September 7, 2014. 
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  5. ^ Janet Jackson - You Want This
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  8. ^ Janet Jackson You Want This USA Promo 5" CD SINGLE (37434)
  9. ^ Janet Jackson You Want This USA 5" CD SINGLE (36102)
  10. ^ Janet Jackson - You Want This
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  14. ^ Janet Jackson You Want This Australia 5" CD SINGLE (309914)
  15. ^ Janet Jackson You Want This UK DOUBLE CD SINGLE SET (162822)
  16. ^ Janet Jackson You Want This - Remix Japan 3" CD SINGLE (35420)
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  18. ^ "Janet Jackson – You Want This – weekly magazine". Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  19. ^ " – Chartverfolgung – Janet Jackson – You Want This". Media Control (in German). Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  20. ^ "Chart Stats – Janet Jackson – You Want This". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  21. ^ a b c "janet. > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
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  24. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay – Chart Listing For The Week Of Jan 28 1995". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved November 29, 2008. [dead link]

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