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"She Makes Me Wanna" is a single by English boyband JLS, from their third studio album Jukebox (2011). The song was released as the album's lead single on 24 July 2011 by Epic Records. It features vocals from American recording artist Dev. The song was written by JLS, BeatGeek, Jimmy Joker, and Teddy Sky, and produced by BeatGeek, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky.[1][2] JLS said that they hoped the song would bring them "international success".[3]

"She Makes Me Wanna"
Single by JLS featuring Dev
from the album Jukebox
B-side"Nobody Knows"
Released24 July 2011
FormatCD single, digital download
Songwriter(s)JLS, BeatGeek, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky
Producer(s)BeatGeek, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky
JLS singles chronology
"Eyes Wide Shut"
"She Makes Me Wanna"
"Take a Chance on Me"
Dev singles chronology
"In the Dark"
"She Makes Me Wanna"
"Hey Hey Hey (Pop Another Bottle)"

The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart with first-week sales of 98,000, becoming JLS's fifth UK number-one hit. The song was also nominated for 'Best British Single' at the 2012 BRIT Awards but lost to "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction. The song's accompanying music video features JLS and Dev performing at a beach party.


Music videoEdit

A music video to accompany the release of "She Makes Me Wanna" was first released onto YouTube on 5 July 2011 at a total length of 3 minutes and 39 seconds. As of March 2013, it has received over 15 million hits.[4] It was shot in Miami, Florida in May 2011, and was directed by Colin Tilley. It shows JLS and Dev performing on a purpose built stage at a beach party, and is interspersed with individual shots of the band on some rocks and at night.


Critical receptionEdit

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating:

"Direct me to the floor/ And turn it up some more", demands Aston over RedOne's familiar ensemble of Euro-dance synths and beach club beats - the result more juicy and colourful than a strawberry-flavoured Calippo. What's more, with a J.Lo-branded "L.A to Afreeka" section and cooler than fridge-chilled cucumbers breakdown courtesy of Dev, the boys should have no problem carrying on another yearly tradition of theirs; a chart-topping summer smash.      [5]


JLS were accused of plagiarising Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor", a claim they strongly denied.[6]


JLS's first televised performance of the song was originally due to be at the annual T4 on the Beach festival in Weston-super-Mare on 10 July 2011, where they were on the bill, however owing to not being allocated enough time to do a proper soundcheck for the event they were forced to pull out at the last minute. The first televised performance was then instead on 23 July 2011, on Lee Mack's All Star Cast. They have also performed the song on This Morning, Daybreak and OK! TV. They also performed the song with fellow boy band One Direction at that year's final of The X Factor on 10 December 2011, where it was performed as a mashup with One Direction's own number-one single "What Makes You Beautiful", and on the New Year's Eve special of Alan Carr: Chatty Man. The song contributed to JLS's medley whilst singing at the Diamond Jubilee Concert on 4 June 2012, outside of Buckingham Palace.

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download[7]
  1. "She Makes Me Wanna" (featuring Dev) – 3:39
  2. "Nobody Knows" – 3:21
  1. "She Makes Me Wanna" (featuring Dev) – 3:39
  2. "She Makes Me Wanna" (featuring Dev) (Karaoke Version) – 3:38


Chart (2011) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 1
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[12] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[13] 25

Release historyEdit

Country Release date Format
United Kingdom 24 July 2011[7] Digital download
25 July 2011[8] CD single


  1. ^ "ACE Title Search - SHE MAKES ME WANNA". ASCAP. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  2. ^ She Makes Me Wanna (liner notes). JLS. Epic Records. 2011. 88697927302.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ "JLS Hope For "International Success" With New Single". MTV UK. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  4. ^ JLS - She Makes Me Wanna ft. Dev on YouTube
  5. ^ Corner, Lewis (4 July 2011). "JLS: 'She Makes Me Wanna'". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK.
  6. ^ Corner, Lewis (7 July 2011). "JLS deny Jennifer Lopez plagiarism claims". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b "She Makes Me Wanna (feat. Dev) - Single by JLS - Download She Makes Me Wanna (feat. Dev) - Single on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  8. ^ a b "She Makes Me Wanna: JLS Feat. Dev: Music". Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 30, 2011". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ "JLS Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 1 October 2011.

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