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"Miss You Much"
Single by Janet Jackson
from the album Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814
B-side "You Need Me"
Released August 22, 1989
Format 7" single, 12" maxi single
Recorded 1988–1989
Flyte Tyme Studios
(Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Genre R&B, pop, new jack swing
Length 4:12
Label A&M
Writer(s) James Harris III, Terry Lewis
Producer Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Janet Jackson singles chronology
"Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)"
"Miss You Much"
"Rhythm Nation"
Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 track listing
"Interlude: Let's Dance"
"Miss You Much"
"Interlude: Come Back Interlude"
Design of a Decade 1986/1996 track listing
"Miss You Much"
"Love Will Never Do (Without You)"

"Miss You Much" is the lead single from American R&B-pop singer Janet Jackson's fourth studio album, Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989). The song was written and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.


Song information

Much was riding on the song, as it would either prove or disprove detractors of Jackson, who thought she was a fluke and a one-hit-album wonder. As it happened, it became one of Jackson's biggest-selling singles to date, hitting number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, and becoming her second number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stood for four weeks. The song sold over four million copies, becoming the biggest-selling song of 1989. Apart from the United States, the song peaked at number one in Canada and managed to reach the top twenty in Australia and many European countries.

Jackson was honored with two American Music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Single and Favorite Dance Single for "Miss You Much", and was nominated for Favorite Dance Artist and a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The single also won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single, Female. The single contains a B-side called "You Need Me", an outtake from Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814. The song is about Jackson's personal feelings about her father, and how the tables are turned, that now he needs her. At the time of its release there were reports that the B-side was the product of Jackson's record labels pressure on her in an attempt to produce specifically "Control Part 2" which reportedly was to address the rumors that remained in the press regarding her personal life and family. Jackson never caved in and followed the alleged orders to produce the project beyond this single track and therefore it is considered autobiographical and a collectors' item.

Jackson has performed the song on all of her tours, including the Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour, janet. Tour, The Velvet Rope Tour, All for You Tour, and Rock Witchu Tour.

Chart performance

Heavy anticipation and pre-retail-single radio airplay during the late summer of 1989 allowed "Miss You Much" to debut at number forty-two on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of September 2, 1989, and basically soar to the number-one spot in five weeks, by October 7, 1989, where it remained for four weeks, easily becoming the biggest hit of 1989 in terms of weeks at number one. (Phil Collins would match this feat the week of December 23, 1989 with "Another Day in Paradise".)

Music video

The video for "Miss You Much" was directed by Dominic Sena and is a part of the Rhythm Nation 1814 Film. The black-and-white video begins with dancers hanging out at a pool hall gossiping about Jackson and her boyfriend. Jackson enters the room and her dancers look at her. One dancer asks Jackson what she has been up to. She calls them nosey, and then demonstrates her love through song and dance. The end of the video cuts out a final dance routine performed with chairs. The chair routine can be found on the Rhythm Nation Compilation CD and DVD.

Official versions/remixes

  • Album Version – 4:12
  • Design of a Decade International Edit – 3:51
  • A Cappella – 3:25
  • 7" Edit – 3:55
  • Mama Mix – 7:24
  • Oh I Like That Mix – 4:56
  • Sing It Yourself Mix – 4:19
  • Shep's 7" House Mix – 4:56
  • Shep's House Mix – 8:45
  • Shep's House Dub – 6:05
  • Slammin' 7" R&B Mix – 4:17
  • Slammin' R&B Mix – 7:45
  • Slammin' Dub – 5:48
  • The Bass You Much Mix/That Bass You Much Mix – 4:20

In popular culture

  • The song was used in one of the opening scenes of the 1990 film Ghost Dad, starring Bill Cosby.
  • The song was remade in the 2005 South Korean comedy film 200 Pounds Beauty by Korean singer Youme. It is sung in the film by fictional Korean pop singer Ammy.
  • During MTV's first ever mtvICON in 2001, Jackson was paid tribute to by singers Pink, Usher, and Mýa. Pink paid tribute by re-enacting the chair dance routine from the music video.


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[1] 12
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[2] 21
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 1
Dutch Top 40[4] 15
Finnish Singles Chart[5] 20
French Singles Chart[6] 66
German Singles Chart[7] 16
Irish Singles Chart[8] 22
Chart (1989) Peak
Italian Singles Chart[9] 22
New Zealand Singles Chart[1] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[1] 20
UK Singles Chart[10] 22
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[11] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[11] 1


Preceded by
"Girl I'm Gonna Miss You" by Milli Vanilli
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
October 7, 1989 – October 28, 1989
Succeeded by
"Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette
Preceded by
Life Is a Dance - The Remix Project by Chaka Khan
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
October 7, 1989 – October 14, 1989
Succeeded by
"French Kiss" by Lil Louis
Preceded by
"Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" by Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs number-one single
October 14, 1989 – October 21, 1989
Succeeded by
"Baby Come to Me" by Regina Belle

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