Just Wanna Dance (4:19)

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From Starting Over

“Just Wanna Dance” is a Dance-pop song by American singer La Toya Jackson. It is taken from her EP Startin’ Over released in 2011. It peaked at #13 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, making it her highest charting single.
After six years in seclusion after escaping an abusive relationship with late former husband and manager Jack Gordon, La Toya Jackson returned to the studio to record an autobiographical album entitled Startin’ Over. “Just Wanna Dance” was recorded in 2002, but it wasn’t until 2004 that it was released as Startin’ Over’s lead single.

Jackson began work on the song by visiting night clubs to hear what sort of music people were dancing to. To accomplish this, Jackson disguised herself as a male alter-ego named “Toy.” As a result, the songs’ sexually ambiguous lyrics describe a ribald night out at a club where the party-goers “don’t know if I’m a he or a she”.The single was initially released under Jackson’s nickname Toy, so disc jockeys would give the record a fair chance before tossing it aside. To Jackson’s satisfaction, the strategy worked. Jackson phoned DJs who had played her track to reveal “Toy’s” true identity saying, “One phone call at a time, I am letting them know all about Toy. While some of them knew that Toy was me, others were surprised. The overall response has been rewarding and encouraging.”

The single includes mixes by Vibelicious and Jason Randolph. About.com praised Randolph’s “Extended Vocal” mix saying it had a “a running synth line that could move anyone to the dancefloor.” Jackson’s vocals were complimented as “suit the sing-songy verses quite well.” Outword Magazine called the track “energetic” and “infectious”.


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  • yagdenrut

    "Shaking my ass, With lots of class" Honey, you are all about class!!!!! Love this song.......

    26 Mar 3:15pm Reply
  • Khia22

    What kind of bop? Only the LaLegend Toya!

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
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  • discotequedude

    That is correct. No one knew it was La Toya, so the Deejays gave the song a chance. It became her highest charting single in the U.S., peaking at #13 on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • TheJoshmire

    She went out in clubs dressed in drag, as her male alter-ego "Toy" under which name she originally released the song.

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    Some of the lyrics are questionable...is she hinting at being bisexual or gender-confused or what?

    17 Oct 2011 Reply
  • discotequedude

    Just Wanna Dance" is a an amiable party song that is enjoyable!

    6 Jul 2011 Reply

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