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"I Want You" is a song by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. It was originally released in Australia in May 1996[1] as the lead single from their eponymous debut album, Savage Garden. The single hit number one in Canada, and peaked on number 4 on the US Billboard Hot 100[2] and in Australia.[3] The single also peaked at number 9 in Iceland and at 11 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]

"I Want You"
Savage-Garden-I-Want-You.jpg
Single by Savage Garden
from the album Savage Garden
B-side
  • "Fire Inside the Man"
  • "Tears of Pearls"
  • "Mine (And You Could Be)"
Released27 May 1996 (1996-05-27) (Australia)[1]
9 November 1996 (1996-11-09) (Singapore)
11 February 1997 (1997-02-11) (North America)
9 June 1997 (1997-06-09) (UK)
30 November 1998 (1998-11-30) (as "I Want You '98", UK)
Recorded1995
Genre
Length3:53
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Darren Hayes, Daniel Jones
Producer(s)Savage Garden and Charles Fisher
Savage Garden singles chronology
"I Want You"
(1996)
"To the Moon and Back"
(1996)
Music video
"I Want You" on YouTube

In November 1998, the single was re released in the United Kingdom, following the success of "Truly Madly Deeply" and "To the Moon and Back". This release peaked at number 12. The song is also used as the ending theme of the anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, during its Diamond Is Unbreakable arc. At the APRA Music Awards of 1998 it won Most Performed Australian Work Overseas.[5]

The song's lyrics refer to the irresistible attraction exerted by a woman possessing strong sex appeal. She fascinates the singer and arouses his curiosity, even though he is not sure whether he needs her at all. Singer Darren Hayes described it as a song about "a male energy" expressing its love,[6] in contrast to some of his solo songs where he was more likely to adopt the perspective of a gay individual.

Music videoEdit

Two music videos were released for the song; a low budget version in Australia and a second, higher budget version for America and international markets. The first video, released in 1996, showed the band performing in a room full of disco lights and Darren Hayes singing on the back of a moving vehicle.

The second video, released in 1997, features the band in a stylised futuristic warehouse and recording studio. Both videos present Darren Hayes with long black hair. The international version was featured on the band's compilation Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden (2005), while the Australian version was not available until the release of the compilation The Singles (2015).

Track listingsEdit

  • United Kingdom

CD (1997)

  1. "I Want You" (album version)
  2. "I Want You" (Xenomania Funky Mix)
  3. "I Want You" (Xenomania 12" Club Mix)
  4. "I Want You" (Sharp Miami Mix)

Cassette (1997)

  1. "I Want You" (album version)
  2. "Promises"

CD1 (1998)

  1. "I Want You '98" (Bascombe Mix)
  2. "I Want You '98" (Sash! Radio Edit)
  3. "To the Moon and Back" (karaoke version)

CD2 (1998)

  1. "I Want You '98" (Sash! Extended Mix)
  2. "I Want You" (Sharp Miami Mix)
  3. "I Want You" (Xenomania Funky Mix)

Cassette (1998)

  1. "I Want You '98" (Bascombe Mix)
  2. "I Want You '98" (Sash! Radio Edit)
  • Europe

CD1

  1. "I Want You" (radio version) – 3:37
  2. "I Want You" (Hot Radio Mix) – 3:33

CD2

  1. "I Want You" (radio version) – 3:37
  2. "I Want You" (Pee Wee Club Mix) – 6:30
  3. "Tears of Pearls" – 3:52
  4. "Mine (And You Could Be)" – 4:29
  • America

CD1

  1. "I Want You" – 3:53
  2. "Tears of Pearls" – 3:46

CD2

  1. "I Want You" – 3:53
  2. "I Want You" (Jason Nevins' Radio Remix) – 3:37
  3. "I Want You" (Bastone Club Mix) – 8:30
  4. "I Want You" (I Need I Want Mix) – 7:55
  5. "I Want You" (Hot Radio Mix) – 3:33
  • Japan
  1. "I Want You" – 3:53
  2. "I Want You" (Jason Nevins' Radio Remix) – 3:37
  3. "I Want You" (Bastone Club Mix) – 8:30
  4. "I Want You" (I Need I Want Mix) – 7:55
  5. "I Want You" (Hot Radio Mix) – 3:33
  • Australia

Standard

  1. "I Want You" – 3:53
  2. "Fire Inside the Man" – 4:11

Limited edition

  1. "I Want You" (original radio version) – 3:54
  2. "I Want You" (Flu Club Mix) – 6:22
  3. "I Want You" (Pee Wee Club Mix) – 6:30
  4. "I Want You" (Flu Radio Edit) – 3:44
  5. "I Want You" (Flu Midnight Mix) – 6:24

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[22] Platinum 70,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] Gold 600,000[25]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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  12. ^ "Top 10 Hungary" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
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  14. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'Savage Garden' (page 2)". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Savage Garden" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "Charts.nz – Savage Garden – I Want You". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Savage Garden – I Want You". Singles Top 100.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Savage Garden – I Want You". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Savage Garden > Chart History > Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  20. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Savage Garden > Chart History > Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Savage Garden Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
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  23. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1997". RPM. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 28 August 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  25. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1997". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 110 (5): 76. 31 January 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Savage Garden – I Want You". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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