” I Wanna Dance With Somebody ( Who Loves Me ) ” is by Whitney Houston, the American singer was Taken from the Album, Whitney.
Written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam from the band Boy meets girl. The song was produced by Narada Michael Walden, the American producer.
Originally intended as a more Country music style of a song only to be re-worked by Narada Michael Walden into the dance style we are familiar with now.
After writing a previously successful song for Whitney, George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam were asked to write a new song for Whitney’s latest album. After submitting a song and being rejected the pair worked on a song for Whitney which was to be ” I Wanna Dance With Somebody ( Who Loves Me ) “.
In may 1987 the song was released as the first single from the album. Entering the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in the United States at number thirty-eight, it took six weeks to climb to the Number One position where it stayed for two weeks and spent a total of eighteen weeks on the chart.
A chart entry in Canada soon followed with a number seventy-four on the RPM Top 100 Singles Chart, from there the song climbed to reach the top spot.
” I Wanna Dance With Somebody ( Who Loves Me ) ” was to be Whitney’s most successful song at the time, the song grabbed the Number One spot in fourteen countries.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number ten, after two weeks it had climbed to Number One and stayed for two weeks and a total of sixteen weeks on the chart.
Along with success in both the US and UK, the song also topped the charts in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Weeks on these charts ranged from one week in Italy to seven weeks in Norway.
Both Ireland and Austria topping the chart eluded Whitney with the song reaching the top five. The song was so popular across Europe that it went on to top the Hot 100 Singles Chart and to hold the position for eight weeks.
In Australia ” I Wanna Dance With Somebody ( Who Loves Me ) ” was to be the second Number One single for Whitney, the song reached the top of the Australian Kent Music Report Chart which it held for five weeks, and New Zealand was to be another chart-topper with a four week run at the top.
” I Wanna Dance With Somebody ( Who Loves Me ) ” has sold over seven million copies Worldwide, after ” I Will Always Love You ” it was to be the second biggest seller for Whitney.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Austria Top 40) 3, Belgium (VRT Top 30) 1, Canada (RPM) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 15, Germany (Media Control Top 100) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Italy (Musica e dischi) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (RIANZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, South African Singles Chart 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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