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You Got It (The Right Stuff)

"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album Hangin' Tough
B-side Remix
Released November 7, 1988
Format Cassette, 12" maxi, CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre R&B,[1] Dance-pop
Length 4:13
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice Starr
Producer(s) Maurice Starr
Certification Gold (RIAA)
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Please Don't Go Girl"
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)"
"I'll Be Loving You (Forever)"

"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" is a 1988 single from New Kids on the Block. The lead vocals were sung by Jordan Knight and Donnie Wahlberg. The second single from the group's second album Hangin' Tough, it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in early 1989, while topping the UK charts in November 1989.[2] On the album, it was simply listed as "The Right Stuff."


  • Chart performances 1
  • In popular culture 2
  • Cover versions 3
  • Track listings 4
  • Charts 5
  • References 6

Chart performances

The single appeared in the Top 40 for the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart the week of January 14, 1989, rising from #45 to #37. "You Got It" reached its peak of #3 the week of March 11, 1989. Altogether, "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" spent 5 weeks in the Top 10, 8 weeks in the Top 20, and 13 weeks in the Top 40. The song was number one in Australia in August 1989, and in the UK (on its second release) in November 1989. On March 29, 1989 the single was certified Gold.[3] "You've Got It (The Right Stuff)" is commonly regarded as one of the band's signature songs. In the music video, Jordan Knight is seen wearing a Bauhaus t-shirt. The song ranked as #92 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of the 80's.

In popular culture

The song can be heard in the 1989 film The Wizard. In 1992, "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied the song on his Off the Deep End album as "The White Stuff," a loving ode to the white filling in Oreo cookies. It was also joked about in the episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" on Family Guy. In a King of the Hill episode, Boomhauer says about a boy band called 4Skore, "Talkin' about dang ol' boy band, man... talkin' 'bout prance around, goin' 'Oh oh oh oh...'". Kid Rock, on his album The Polyfuze Method, sampled the song on his "Killin' Brain Cells". This song is featured on the game Dance Dance Revolution X2. In the season 8 episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia "Charlie's Mom Has Cancer", Dr. Jinx (Sean Combs) plays the song on his electric bass to help Dennis have feelings again. In an after credits clip of a season 6 episode of Psych that Joey McIntyre co-starred in, Joey, James Roday and Dule Hill dance to the song.

In the 2012 Adam Sandler comedy film That's My Boy, the character Todd Peterson (Andy Samberg) receives a tattoo of New Kids On The Block on his back as a child, which later becomes warped as he grows up. Upon discovery of this, his father Donny Berger (Adam Sandler) responds by singing the chorus of You've got it (The Right Stuff) with the lyrics changed so that he sings : "Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, You got a bad tattoo. Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Their heads are fucking warped."

The song is used by David Wright of the New York Mets as his walk-up song.

Cover versions

In 2007, the song was performed by Westlife on their The Love Tour. On the fourth series of The X Factor (Australia), contestants The Collective, performed this song. The all-female singing group Fifth Harmony performed this song on the October 28, 2014 episode of the MTV series Faking It. [4]

Track listings

CD single CBS / Cassette single / Vinyl single
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (4:09)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Remix] (3:32)
12" maxi - U.S.
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [12" Version] (5:18)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [7" Version] (3:32)
  3. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Instrumental] (5:15)
7" single - Europe
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (4:09)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Remix] (3:32)
12" maxi - Australia
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [12" Version] (5:18)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [7" Version] (3:32)
  3. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Instrumental] (5:15)
7" single - Australia
  1. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" (4:09)
  2. "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" [Instrumental] (5:15)


Chart (1988-1989) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[5] 28
Chart (1989) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[6] 1
Dutch Mega Top 100[6] 32
German Singles Chart[7] 12
Irish Singles Chart[8] 2
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[6] 2
UK Singles Chart[9] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[5] 20
Chart (1990) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 12
French SNEP Singles Chart[6] 17
Preceded by
"The Look" by Roxette
Australian ARIA number-one single
August 13, 1989 - August 27, 1989 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"If You Don't Know Me by Now"
by Simply Red
Preceded by
"All Around the World" by Lisa Stansfield
UK number-one single
November 25, 1989 - December 9, 1989 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Let's Party"
by Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers


  1. ^ "Music genre".  
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b c Billboard (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  6. ^ a b c d e "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", in various singles charts (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  7. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  8. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
  9. ^ "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", UK Singles Chart (Retrieved December 24, 2008)
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