It Wasn't Me (3:47)

Cover of Hot Shot

From Hot Shot and 53 other releases

“It Wasn’t Me” is a 2000 number one hit song by reggae artist Shaggy, featuring Ricardo “RikRok” Ducent. It achieved a huge success in many countries, topping the charts in the US, France, UK, the Netherlands, Australia and Ireland.

The song was originally never intended to be released as a single, MCA Records wanted “Dance and Shout” to be the first single released from the Hot Shot album and didn’t offer other tracks to DJs. Hawaiian DJ Pablo Sato downloaded the album from “a Napster-like MP3 site he won’t name” and discovered it “was the album’s standout cut. ” He played the song on the radio the next day. “The phone lines lit up right away. Within a couple of days, it was our number-one requested song.”

The lyrics depict one man (Rikrok) asking his friend (Shaggy) what to do after his girlfriend caught him with another woman. Shaggy’s advice is to deny everything with the phrase “It wasn’t me”, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Two versions of the song and video exist: the radio and television edit version replace the lyric “Picture this; we were both butt-naked banging on the bathroom floor” with “Picture this; we were both caught making love on the bathroom floor.”

The song is particularly famous on the Case Western Reserve University campus for being played excessive amounts of times on the jukebox in the Leutner Commons Cafe.



The song was Shaggy’s first number-one hit in the U.S., and the follow-up, “Angel,” also reached number one.

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  • kikaaRocks

    My thoughts go to all those people that when they were little they thought this song was about a kid banging on the bathroom floor while butt naked. Oh, innocence.

    20 Jun 11:55pm Reply
  • acrogers11

    one of the most powerful tracks released in the last 20 years, easily

    18 Jun 10:53pm Reply
  • illustriousQ

    classic

    1 Jun 7:45pm Reply
  • Caltra

    love it when this song is blasted in a bar, it's so fun to act like i know the words. how could i forget that i had given her an extra key, all this time she was standing there she never took her eyes off me, OOHUMISSAMASSAVILLA, JUSAONAWEAKNESSONAPILLA [2]

    16 May 9:59am Reply
  • Caltra

    'The song is very catchy but the lyrics are disgusting.' How are the lyrics disgusting?

    16 May 9:58am Reply
  • Farouchette

    The song is very catchy but the lyrics are disgusting.

    13 Apr 2:41pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

    RikRok > Shaggy

    11 Jan 4:49pm Reply
  • alfredthecake

    liar

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JustinSpearsMe

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Who was it then?

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mattdh12

    love it when this song is blasted in a bar, it's so fun to act like i know the words. how could i forget that i had given her an extra key, all this time she was standing there she never took her eyes off me, OOHUMISSAMASSAVILLA, JUSAONAWEAKNESSONAPILLA

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • vodraska

    I lost my virginaty to this album..

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • jembf

    :-DD

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • henifferdavis

    It wasnt me never

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sternenfee0

    ★★★super song★★★

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • Nila14

    My family LOVES this song every friday u hear this song (it wasn't me) lol

    22 Mar 2013 Reply
  • callmesthick

    Gotta be quick on ya mousey legs>>>>>>>>I'm off hehehehe go Shaggy run!!!! :-)

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BlueHachiko

    "I'm a spanish speaker and I think this is the first time after many many years that I pay attention to the lyrics of this song. Incredible! This guy does not value what he has. " - I love this comment, Shaggy morality :)

    18 Feb 2013 Reply
  • holyground343

    i love this song:)

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • holyground343

    i love this song:)

    27 Dec 2012 Reply
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