“I Want You Back” was originally recorded by The Jackson Five in 1969 and it served as their debut single for Motown Records in 1970. The song was a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and went on to be ranked the 121st greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone, behind every song ever released by Bob Dylan and the Beatles and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana.
There are a number of Jackson Five performances of “I Want You Back” on YouTube. The one below, from their 1971 TV special “Goin’ Back To Indiana,” has the most views:
While that is without a doubt a great version of the song, in order to understand the full greatness of “I Want You Back,” you really need to check out the incredible diversity of “I Want You Back” covers musicians of all kinds have been making in the 40-odd years since the song was released to the public.
The loungey with stand up bass cover:
The funky female acoustic guitar cover:
The southpaw upsidedown acoustic guitar lounge cover:
The voice even prettier than Michael Jackson’s cover:
The effervescent Latin band cover:
The beatbox cover:
The Scottish folk guitar cover:
The violin cover:
The looped acoustic guitar cover:
I’d say that’s pretty much the best song. Happy Valentine’s Day!