I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
Song Lyrics / Chart History / Artist Information

  • Written by Freddie Perrin, Al Mizell, Deke Richards, and Berry Gordy Jr (Gordy was president of Motown Records)
  • Collectively the group became known as "The Corporation™
  • The Corporation™ did a lot of the writing, producing, and arranging for many Motown artists and The Jackson 5 in particular following the departure of the Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, who had achieved a status that rivaled many of the artists they wrote for, something Motown didn't like
  • Motown did not initially credit the individual members of The Association™ (which always used the "™" symbol after the name), but rather simply credited authorship to "The Association™"
  • Originally performed by the Jackson 5
  • The Jackson 5 consisted of five brothers, Michael, Tito, Randy, Marlon, and and Jackie
  • I Want You Back was the only single released from the Jackson 5's first album, "Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5"
  • The title of the album was a Motown marketing gimmick designed to reinforce the belief that Diana Ross had "discovered" the group, which was not true, although she did help in their development once signed to Motown Records
  • The rest of the album consisted primarily of covers of past Motown hits
  • It was the first of 17 Top 40 hits for the group on the Motown label
  • The song reached #1 on the Top 40 charts in 1969
  • It was also a #1 R&B hit for four weeks
  • In 1995 the Group The Jackson 5 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • The song "I Want You Back" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999
  • It was ranked #120 of Rolling Stone Magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time"
  • The song was covered by Martha Reeves but never released as a single
  • The song has been remade by several artists, including the Christian rock band The Waiting, Motown star Martha Reeves, Pat Lewis, and Brit Graham Parker
  • Another interesting cover was done by Shirley Scott, (who was married for some time to tenor sax great Stanley Turrentine), who did an instrumental version on a really funky Hammond B-3 organ

Oracle Band performs I Want You Back

An excerpt from a live Oracle Band performance of this song is available as both a streaming RealAudio format, or as a higher quality downloadable MP3.  Select the version you'd prefer.

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Listed below are some various versions of "I Want You Back" that you can download directly from Amazon.com for less than $1

The Jackson 5 I Want You Back
Martha Reeves I Want You Back
Graham Parker I Want You Back (Alive/Digitally Remastered 1996)
Pat Lewis I Want You Back
Shirley Scott I Want You Back (LP Version - Instrumental)
The Waiting I Want You Back

Song Lyrics - I Want You Back

When I had you to myself
I didn't want you around
Those pretty faces always make you stand out in a crowd

But some one picked you from the bunch
When love was all it took
Now it's much too late for me 
To take a second look.

Oh baby give me one more chance
Won't you please take me
Back to your heart

Oh darlin I was blind to let you go (to let you go baby)
But now since I see you in his arms
I want you back

Yes I do now
I want you back
Ooh ooh baby
I want you back
Ya ya ya ya
Na na na na

Tryin' to live without your love
Is one long sleepless night
Let me show you girl
That I know wrong from right

Every street you walked right on
With a tear stain on the ground
Following the girl
I didn't even want around
Let me tell you now

Oh baby all I need is one more chance
(to show you that I love you)
Won't you please take me
(back to your heart)
Oh darlin I was blind to let you go
(let you go baby)
But now since I see you in his arms

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

The Jackson 5r> The Ultimate Collection

This CD gives you 21 of the most familiar songs the Jackson 5 ever released, as well as some interesting covers of other classic Motown songs you may not have heard before

Includes all the #1 hits like:

I Want You Back
The Love You Save
I'll Be There

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Rockin Robin
Never Can Say Goodbye
Dancing Machine
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Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5

This is a reissue of the original album, with several tracks added from other albums as well. The original album had but 12 tracks, and this one sports *25*, including:

I Want You Back
The Love You Save
Zip A Dee Doo Da
La La (Means I Love You)
My Cherie Amour
Standing In The Shadows of Love
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The Jackson 5

Are you looking for the most comprehensive collection of Jackson 5 hits available? Then this is the album you're looking for.

Featuring a whopping 36 Jackson 5 tracks, it contains all the hits and some great other album cuts that have passed into obscurity and which have welcomingly been ressurected

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