500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Jackson 5, 'I Want You Back'

121. The Jackson 5, 'I Want You Back'

Writers: Freddie Perren, Fonce Mizell, Deke Richards, Berry Gordy Jr.
Producers: Perren, Mizell, Richards, Gordy
Released: Nov. '69, Motown
19 weeks; No. 1

"I Want You Back" was the song that introduced Motown to the futuristic funk beat of Sly Stone and James Brown. It also introduced the world to an 11-year-old Indiana kid named Michael Jackson. The five dancing Jackson brothers became stars overnight; "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "I'll Be There" followed in rapid succession on the charts, but none matched the boyish fervor of "Back." It remains one of hip-hop's favorite beats, sampled everywhere from Kris Kross' "Jump" to Jay-Z's "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)."

Appears on: The Ultimate Collection (Motown) 


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