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"I Wanna Sex You Up"
Single by Color Me Badd
from the album C.M.B. and New Jack City soundtrack
Released May 27, 1991
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD maxi, Cassette
Recorded 1990
Genre R&B, New jack swing
Length 4:03
Label Giant Records
Writer(s) Dr. Freeze
Producer Dr. Freeze
Color Me Badd singles chronology
- "I Wanna Sex You Up"
"I Adore Mi Amor"

"I Wanna Sex You Up" is a hit single for R&B group Color Me Badd in 1991, released as the first single from their debut album C.M.B.. It achieved a huge success in the U.S., UK and New Zealand, where it reached #1 on the charts. It spent four weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but topped both the Billboard R&B and Dance charts.


Song information

The song spent three weeks at number-one on the UK Singles Chart and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the 10th best-selling single of 1991 in the UK. An alternate version also appeared on the New Jack City soundtrack, and in 1992 the song won the group a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo and Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Song of the Year. The "to the tick tock ya don't stop" soundbite is sampled from Doug E. Fresh's "La Di Da Di." The bassline and the "I know you not gonna sing that song!" soundbite are sampled from Betty Wright's "Tonight is the Night." The song was also ranked at #40 on Blender's list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever"[1] and VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s".

Radio stations edited the word "sex" out of the song, so DJ's refer to the song as "I Wanna Love You Up".[citation needed]

A sample of "I Wanna Sex You Up" has been used in a song called "Tick Tock" by Lemar.[2]

The song can be heard in an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and in the films New Jack City, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, and Nothing Like the Holidays.

It was recently covered by the Acafellas on the Episode 3 of Glee "Acafellas".

Track listings

7" single
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:38
12" maxi
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:38
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out - long version) — 5:13
  3. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (instrumental) — 4:04
  4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  5. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (freeze mix) — 4:06
CD maxi
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix) — 3:39
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix - long version) — 5:14
  3. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (Instrumental) — 4:04
  4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix) — 4:05
  5. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (freeze mix) — 4:07
  1. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix)
  2. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix)
  3. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (master mix)
  4. "I Wanna Sex You Up" (smoothed out mix)


Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[3] Silver June 1, 1991 200,000
U.S.[4] 2x Platinum June 27, 1991 2,000,000+


  • Co-producer : Howie Tee , Spyderman
  • Engineer : Angela Piva, Warren Woods
  • Mastered by Eddy Schreyer
  • Mixed by Dr. Freeze, Howie Tee
  • Producer : Dr. Freeze

Notable Covers

The television show Glee featured a cover of the song in the episode "Acafellas". It was released as a bonus track on Glee: The Music, Volume 1 sold at Target.


Chart (1991) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 4
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 11
French SNEP Singles Chart[5] 20
German Singles Chart[6] 4
Irish Singles Chart[7] 9
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[5] 5
Swedish Singles Chart[5] 5
Swiss Singles Chart[5] 7
UK Singles Chart[8] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[9] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Songs[9] 1
End of year chart (1991) Position
Australian Singles Chart[10] 21
Preceded by
"Kissing You" by Keith Washington
Billboard's Hot R&B Singles number one single
June 1, 1991 - June 8, 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Power of Love/Love Power" by Luther Vandross
Preceded by
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" by Cher
UK number-one single
June 8, 1991 - June 22, 1991 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Any Dream Will Do" by Jason Donovan
Preceded by
"More Than Words" by Extreme
New Zealand RIANZ number one single
July 12, 1991 - July 19, 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"More than Words" by Extreme


  1. ^ Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever! from
  2. ^ RCA. "Lemar – Tick Tock". Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  3. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  4. ^ U.S. certifications (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  5. ^ a b c d e f "I Wanna Sex You Up", in various singles charts (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  6. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  9. ^ a b c Billboard (Retrieved August 10, 2008)
  10. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 10, 2008)

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