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"I Want You"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Damita Jo
Released April 5, 2004 (2004-04-05)
Format CD single, digital download, 12" maxi single
Recorded 2003
Sony Music Studios
(New York City, New York)
The Record Plant
(Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, soul, doo-wop
Length 4:12
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Harold Lilly, Kanye West, John Stephens, Burt Bacharach, Hal David
Producer Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kanye West
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Just a Little While"
"I Want You"
"All Nite (Don't Stop)"
Damita Jo track listing
"R&B Junkie"
"I Want You"
"Like You Don't Love Me"

"I Want You" is a song by American singer–songwriter Janet Jackson from her eighth studio album, Damita Jo (2004).


Song information

Released as the second single from Damita Jo, the song was written by Harold Lilly, Kanye West, and John Stephens under the working title "Have Your Way with Me", and contains a sample from B.T. Express' 1975 version of the classic "(They Long to Be) Close to You"—retitled "Close to You"—, written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The song was a critical success—Rolling Stone said "on 'I Want You', with help from West, she evokes the Motown dreams her siblings lived"—, but like previous singles from Damita Jo, its commercial performance was shadowed by the Super Bowl halftime show incident.

Chart performance

"I Want You" received very little radio airplay on mainstream radio, instead receiving more airplay at urban stations. Jackson earned several award nominations including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 2005 Grammy Awards. It was released under a LidRock CD and was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2004. The song was only released as a single in the U.S., appearing as a double A-side with "All Nite (Don't Stop)" in some international markets such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan.

The single peaked at number fifty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eighteen on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. However, due to the strain on the singles from Damita Jo, it failed to impact the pop charts.

Music video

The video for "I Want You" was directed by Dave Meyers. It takes place at night and shows Jackson taking a bus and walking through the town to meet her beau Jermaine Dupri at a recreational center. Child actor Bobb'e J. Thompson makes a cameo appearance in the video waving as Jackson. After the Super Bowl incident, MTV refused to air Jackson's new videos including "I Want You". The video could only be seen on MTV Hits and MTV Jams, and also aired regularly on BET and VH1 and their digital outlets. It was included on the enhanced version of the CD single and on the 2004 video compilation From janet. to Damita Jo: The Videos.

Track listings

"I Want You" was released as a double A-side with "All Nite (Don't Stop)".

UK CD single (VUSCTX 292)[1]

  1. "All Nite (Don't Stop)" – 3:26
  2. "I Want You" – 4:12
  3. "Put Your Hands On" – 3:56
  4. "All Nite (Don't Stop)" (Sander Kleinenberg Radio Mix) – 4:14
  5. "I Want You" (Ray Roc Radio Mix) – 4:18
  6. "All Nite (Don't Stop)" (Video)
  7. "I Want You" (Video)

European CD Single (7243 5 49567 2 0)[2]

  1. "All Nite (Don't Stop)" – 3:26
  2. "I Want You" – 4:12

Spanish promo CD single (JANET3#1)[3]

  1. "I Want You" (Radio Edit) – 3:50

Taiwanese promo CD single (JANETSAMPLER)[4]

  1. "I Want You" – 4:12
  2. "Just a Little While" (UK Mix) – 4:05

Official remixes

  • Original Version w/ Dialogue – 4:12
  • Original Version – 3:58
  • Radio Edit – 3:50
  • Video Edit – 3:36
  • A Cappella – 3:50
  • Instrumental – 3:58
  • Ray Roc Radio Mix – 4:18
  • Ray Roc Club Mix – 8:02
  • Ray Roc Dub Edit – 5:46
  • E-Smoove Remix – 4:17
  • Dr. Octavo Funk'n'Stein Extended Mix – 7:54
  • Dr. Octavo Funk'n'Stein Radio Edit – 4:18
  • "I Want You/R&B Junkie" (Dr.Octavo Funk'n'Stein Medley) – 8:48
  • "I Want You/R&B Junkie" (Dr.Octavo Funk'n'Stein Medley Dub – 8:44


Chart (2004) Peak
UK Singles Chart[5] 19
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 57
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[6] 18




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