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"Want" is the first single taken from the Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia's fourth studio album, Come to Life (2009). The single was released on 28 September 2009,[1] two weeks before the release of the album in Europe and Australia. The track was written by Natalie Imbruglia, Daniel Johns under the pseudonym of Kat Kourtney, Gary Clark and Chris Martin[2] and is one of three songs on the album co-written by Martin.[1]

Want cover.jpg
Single by Natalie Imbruglia
from the album Come to Life
Released28 September 2009 (2009-09-28)
FormatDigital download
GenreDance-pop, synthpop
Songwriter(s)Natalie Imbruglia, Daniel Johns, Gary Clark, Chris Martin
Producer(s)Ben Hillier[1]
Natalie Imbruglia singles chronology
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The song is written from Imbruglia's point of view and is aimed at a past lover. She bitterly sings that she has moved on and hopes that her ex can do the same. The line "I hope you get all that you want, cause I didn't" is repeated numerous times during the chorus. The song incorporates the lyrics from Natalie's 2007 song "Be with You" from her album Glorious: The Singles 1997-2007. The first verse of "Be with You" is sung during the middle 8 of "Want" with the last line changed from "And if you listen hard enough you'll hear" to "And if you listen carefully you'll hear the sound".

Release and promotionEdit

The song was premiered on 10 August 2009, on Russia's "Love Radio". Imbruglia held a small promotional tour in Australia to support the album and single, making several television appearances and radio interviews. "Want" has been performed at all of Imbruglia's concerts since the its release. Notable live performances in 2009 included Le Concert Pour La Tolerance on 11 July, V Festival on 23 August, Quelli che il calcio e... on 20 September, "GMTV" on 28 September, This Morning on 7 October, and Italy's X Factor on 4 November also appearing as a guest judge.

Music videoEdit

Imbruglia lying topless on a bed in the music video.

The music video for the song was filmed on 25 August 2009 by Diane Martel.[3] It was premiered on 10 September 2009. The video shows Imbruglia lying topless on a bed, as well as recording herself with a camera. It also shows her walking around a room, again recording herself. Halfway through the video, Imbruglia is seen with mascara running down her face, showing she has been crying, all the while recording herself. Towards the end of the video scenes of Imbruglia crying in a chair are shown between scenes of her on the bed and walking around. The video finishes with Imbruglia on the bed covering her breasts with one hand whilst moving the camera's view away from her face.


PopJustice called "Want" "an elegant, spooksome dreampop [...] that continues to blossom with every listen [and is] properly amazing".[4] Digital Spy gave the song another positive review, giving it 4 out of 5 stars and commented: "With its galloping horse rhythms, cascading melodies and tightly-layered production, the track itself brings to mind Kate Bush hitting the dancefloor - a somewhat unlikely image in 2009 [...] a single with a markedly more urgent sound and a video that walks a tightrope between racy and classy".[5]

Track listingEdit

Digital download
  1. "Want" – 4:20
  2. "Want" (Fraser T Smith Remix) – 3:04
Promotional Remix CD single
  1. "Want" (New Album Edit) – 3:35
  2. "Want" (Blunt Laser Remix) – 5:24
  3. "Want" (Buzz Junkies Club Remix) – 6:03
  4. "Want" (Buzz Junkies Radio Edit) – 3:22
  5. "Want" (Cassette Club Remix) – 7:42
  6. "Want" (The Shapeshifters Nocturnal Mix) – 6:52
  7. "Want" (The Shapeshifters Vocal Mix) – 8:39


"Want" debuted at #31 on the Australian Top 100 Airplay Chart for the week ending 12 September 2009, gaining plenty of airplay on the Australian FOX, 2DAY and NOVA networks. It was the highest new entry on the chart in its first week and peaked at #22 after 16 weeks on the chart.[6][7] The song debuted on the Italian Singles Chart at #18 and, in the following week, peaked at #6.[8] "Want" failed to enter the Australian Singles Chart, despite peaking at #22 on the Airplay Chart. The single reached #88 on the UK Singles Chart.

Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Airplay Chart[9] 22
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[11] 27
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[12] 38
Italy (FIMI)[13] 6
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[14] 76
UK Singles Chart[15] 88

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2009) Position
Italian Singles Chart[16] 56


Country Provider Certification
Italy FIMI Gold[17]


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  4. ^ Want single review Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  5. ^ Singles Reviews Retrieved 23 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Australian Music Report Weekly Hot 100". Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  7. ^ "Chart News". Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia - Want (Song)". Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Australian Music Report Weekly Hot 100". Retrieved 13 March 2012.
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  14. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200935 into search. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  15. ^ UK Singles Chart Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  16. ^ "FIMI - Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana - Ricerche e dati di mercato". 19 January 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  17. ^ "Certificazioni download fimi" (PDF). FIMI/Nielsen. Retrieved 14 January 2011.