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"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album Hangin' Tough
Released November 1988
Format Cassette single
Vinyl single
CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop
Length 4:13
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice Starr
Producer Maurice Starr
Certification Gold (RIAA)
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Please Don't Go Girl"
(1988)
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
(1988)
"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"
(1989)

"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" is a 1988 single from New Kids on the Block. The second single from the group's second album Hangin' Tough, it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in early 1989, while topping the UK charts in November 1989[1]. On the album, it was simply listed as "The Right Stuff."

The single appeared in the Top 40 for the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart the week of January 14, 1989, rising from #45 to #37. "You Got It" reached its peak of #3 the week of March 11, 1989. Altogether, "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" spent 5 weeks in the Top 10, 8 weeks in the Top 20, and 13 weeks in the Top 40. The song was number one in Australia in August 1989. On March 29, 1989 the single was certified Gold.[2] "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)" is commonly regarded as one of the band's signature songs. In the music video, Jordan Knight is seen wearing a Bauhaus t-shirt. The song ranked as #92 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of the 80's.

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In popular culture

The single likely got its name change due to Vanessa Williams having a hit with a different song called "The Right Stuff" earlier in the year.

The song can be heard in the 1989 film The Wizard.

In 1992, "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied the song on his Off the Deep End album as "The White Stuff," a loving ode to Oreo cookies.

It was also joked about in the episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" on Family Guy.

Kid Rock, on his album The Polyfuze Method, sampled the song on his "Killin' Brain Cells".

Track listings

CD single CBS / Cassette single / Vinyl single
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (4:09)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Remix] (3:32)
12" maxi - U.S.
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [12" Version] (5:18)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [7" Version] (3:32)
  3. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Instrumental] (5:15)
7" single - Europe
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (4:09)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Remix] (3:32)
12" maxi - Australia
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [12" Version] (5:18)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [7" Version] (3:32)
  3. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Instrumental] (5:15)
7" single - Australia
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (4:09)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Instrumental] (5:15)

Charts

Chart (1988) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[3] 28
Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[4] 1
German Singles Chart[5] 12
Irish Singles Chart[6] 2
UK Singles Chart[7] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[3] 20
Chart (1990) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 12
French Singles Chart[4] 17
Preceded by
"The Look" by Roxette
Australian ARIA number-one single
August 13, 1989 - August 27, 1989 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
by Simply Red
Preceded by
"All Around the World" by Lisa Stansfield
UK number-one single
November 25, 1989 - December 9, 1989 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Let's Party"
by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers

References

  1. ^ EveryHit.com
  2. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS
  3. ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  4. ^ a b c "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  5. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  7. ^ "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
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