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"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"
Single by Pitbull
from the album Rebelution
Released February 24, 2009
Format Digital download
Genre Electro hop
Latin hip hop
Length 4:04 (Album/video version)
3:04 (Radio Edit)[1]
Label The Orchard/Ultra Records
Producer Lil Jon
Certification Gold (RIANZ)
3x Platinum (CRIA)
2x Platinum (RIAA)
Pitbull singles chronology
"Shooting Star"
"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"
Music sample
"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)"

"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is a song by rapper Pitbull released as the second single from his latest album, Rebelution. The song samples "75, Brazil Street" by Nicola Fasano versus Pat Rich, which itself samples "Street Player" by Chicago. The title is a reference to the Miami street Calle Ocho. The football team of Brazil have adopted this song for the football championships in Germany.


Music video

The song's official music video was released on March 9, 2009 by Ultra Records on YouTube and was directed by David Rousseau. To date the video has received over 110,000,000 views,[2] is the most viewed "electronic" music video of all time,[3] the 4th top favourited music video of all time.[4] and the 4th most viewed music video of all time.[5]

Music and structure

"I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is an uptempo syncopated hip hop groove with clear vocals on the chorus and a pop hook while combining eurodance synths with a tribal house-oriented beat. The song is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 128 beats per minute and is written in the key of D minor. Pitbull's vocal range spans from C4 to Bb4. The song is a remix of "75, Brazil Street" by Nicola Fasano Vs Pat Rich, which itself samples "Street Player" by Chicago. For the release by Pitbull, the sample of "Street Player" was replayed by Mark Summers at Scorccio Sample Replays.

Critical reception

The song received mixed reviews with Billboard.com editor Michael Menachem giving the single a favorable review:

"Pitbull delivers some Little Havana to the club scene with "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." The clever meshing of reggaetón with Euro dance music signals what looks like a multiformat smash. At the core is an acoustic guitar and a sizzling rhythm, with hot horns in the form of a sample that just keeps on giving: Chicago's "Street Player," which appeared in the '90s techno hit "The Bomb" by the Bucketheads. Mainstream radio missed out on Pitbull's previous single "Krazy," featuring Lil Jon, but "Calle Ocho" is already on the top half of the Billboard Hot 100, and the temperature on the street and in the clubs is rising".[6]

Fraser McAlpine of the BBC also favored it. He said it was meant to be sexy given how Pitbull performed the verses, but is fun and 'more gigglesome than wrigglesome', and wondered if its effect would vary between listeners of different genders:

"I don't know if it has a different effect on The Ladies, but I'm basically fine with a pumped up dance version of a very familiar piece of music, with a funny man on the top shouting about how aroused he is and occasionally counting on his fingers."[7]

Chart performance

"I Know You Want Me" is Pitbull's first single to be internationally successful. The single has so far peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S, making it Pitbull's most successful single to date and his second top 10 hit. It also reached #1 on French charts and #4 on Mainstream Top 40 radio. In the UK the single debuted at #53 then raising to #28 the following week, in the third week it reached 13 and in the fourth week it reached #9, giving Pitbull his first top 10 single in the UK. The following week it moved up again to #7, peaking at #4 a week later.

The song has also peaked at #7 in Australia making it his first song to hit the top 10 there, while in Spain the song reached #1 and has been certified 3 times Platinum with sales over 120,000 units.

In New Zealand, the song peaked at number three and was certified Gold, selling over 7,500 copies.[8]

Track listing


Digital download single

  1. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" - 4:07

iTunes EP

  1. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [More English Radio Edit] - 3:40
  2. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [Radio Edit] - 4:04
  3. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [More English Mix] - 3:03
  4. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" [More English Extended Mix] - 4:26

Promo CD

  1. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Radio Edit Cold) - 03:40
  2. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Radio Edit Fade) - 04:04
  3. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Spanish Bridge Version) - 03:03
  4. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (More English Extended Mix) - 03:49
  5. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Extended Mix) - 04:26
  6. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Extended Instrumental Mix) - 06:04
  7. "I Know You Want Me [Calle Ocho]" (Featuring Yomo) 04:14

Chart positions

Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[10] 6
Austrian Singles Chart[11] 3
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[12] 1
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[13] 2
Canadian Hot 100[14] 2
Danish Singles Chart[15] 6
Dutch Top 40[16] 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[17] 1
Finnish Singles Chart[18] 2
French Singles Chart[19] 1
German Singles Chart[20] 8
Greek Singles Chart[21] 1
Irish Singles Chart[22] 5
Italian Singles Chart[23] 6
New Zealand Singles Chart[24] 3
Norwegian Singles Chart[25] 5
Romanian Top 100[26] 1
Russian Airplay Chart[27][27] 1
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 3
Swiss Singles Chart[28] 2
Turkey Top 20 Chart[29] 1
UK Singles Chart[29] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[30] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs[31] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks[32] 4
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[33] 2


Country Provider Certification Sales
Spain Blanco y Negro 3x platinum 120,000+
Argentina[34] EMI Gold 10,000+
USA[35] RIAA 2x platinum 2,000,000
Australia[36] ARIA Platinum 70,000

Year-End Charts (2009)

Country Position
Germany [37] 38

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Beggin'" by Madcon
Dutch Top 40 number-one hits
July 4, 2009 - August 7, 2009
Succeeded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
Boom Boom Pow by Black Eyed Peas
Belgian (Flanders) singles chart number-one single
July 4, 2009 - July 11, 2009
Succeeded by
"Black out" by Milk Inc.
Preceded by
"Ça m'énerve" by Helmut Fritz
French Singles Chart number-one single
July 12, 2009 - September 6, 2009
Succeeded by
"Sextonik" by Mylène Farmer
Preceded by
When Love Takes Over by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single
August 1, 2009 - September 12, 2009
Succeeded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas


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