I Don't Wanna Know

"I Don't Wanna Know" is a song by American R&B artist Mario Winans featuring rapper P. Diddy and re-recorded background vocals by Enya. The song samples the synthesizer riff from Enya's song "Boadicea". February 17, 2004, the song reached number one in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands and number two in the United States, stuck for eight consecutive weeks behind the Usher singles "Yeah!" and "Burn", respectively.[1] The official remix features D-Block rapper Jae Hood, Enya, and P. Diddy. Another remix features Joe Budden, Enya, and P. Diddy.

"I Don't Wanna Know"
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Single by Mario Winans featuring Enya and P. Diddy
from the album Hurt No More
B-side"Pretty Girl Bullsh*t"
ReleasedFebruary 17, 2004 (2004-02-17)
GenreR&B
Length4:17
LabelBad Boy
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Mario Winans
Mario Winans singles chronology
"Crush on You"
(2003)
"I Don't Wanna Know"
(2004)
"Never Really Was"
(2004)
P. Diddy singles chronology
"Shake Ya Tailfeather"
(2004)
"I Don't Wanna Know"
(2004)
"Show Me Your Soul"
(2004)
Enya singles chronology
"May It Be"
(2002)
"I Don't Wanna Know"
(2004)
"You Should Really Know"
(2004)
Music video
"I Don't Wanna Know" on YouTube

Composition and critical receptionEdit

The song is based on a sample of the Fugees' 1996 hit single "Ready or Not", which itself was based on a slowed-down sample of the instrumental track "Boadicea" by Enya from her 1987 album, Enya.[2] Winans said: "I first heard 'Boadicea' at the end of the movie Sleepwalkers about five or six years ago. It's something I always wanted to produce. Then when The Fugees did it, oh my God, I loved it."[3]

Vibe wrote that "Winans adds a simple stuttering beat that prevents the song from devolving into murky, saccharine Muzak. This is the secret of Winan's magic; the soft touch of the synthesizers and his gentle piano playing blend with the signature sound of the kick and snare – hard, unadorned, punching through the music's gauzy elegiac texture."[4]

LegacyEdit

It remains Winans' only major success to date. As a result of its eight weeks at number two, "I Don't Wanna Know" stands in joint fifth place for the most weeks at number two by a song which did not go to number one, behind Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You", Missy Elliott's "Work It", Donna Lewis's "I Love You Always Forever" and Shania Twain's "You're Still the One".

Track listingEdit

  1. "I Don't Wanna Know" – 4:17
  2. "Pretty Girl Bullsh*t" (featuring Foxy Brown) – 4:22
  3. "I Don't Wanna Know" (Instrumental) – 4:17

Charts and certificationsEdit

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States February 17, 2004 (2004-02-17) Rhythmic contemporary radio Bad Boy [54]
February 23, 2004 (2004-02-23) Urban radio [55]
March 29, 2004 (2004-03-29) Contemporary hit radio [56]
April 19, 2004 (2004-04-19) Urban AC radio [57]
Australia May 24, 2004 (2004-05-24) CD [58]
United Kingdom May 31, 2004 (2004-05-31) [59]

Answer songsEdit

"You Should Really Know"Edit

"You Should Really Know"
 
Single by the Pirates featuring Enya, Shola Ama, Naila Boss and Ishani
B-side"You Should Really Know" instrumental
ReleasedAugust 30, 2004 (2004-08-30)[60]
Length3:19 (radio edit)
LabelRelentless
Songwriter(s)
Enya singles chronology
"I Don't Wanna Know"
(2004)
"You Should Really Know"
(2004)
"Amarantine"
(2005)
Shola Ama singles chronology
"Symphony"
(2002)
"You Should Really Know"
(2004)
"DJ Play"
(2009)
Naila Boss singles chronology
"La La La"
(2004)
"You Should Really Know"
(2004)
Music video
"You Should Really Know" on YouTube

An answer to "I Don't Wanna Know" sung from a female perspective, "You Should Really Know", was released later the same year as Winans' single, on August 30, 2004. Created by producers the Pirates, it features Shola Ama, Naila Boss, and Ishani, and it uses the same Enya sample as the original. Although it did not achieve the level of success Winans' single did in the US, it was a top-ten hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number eight on the UK Singles Chart, and it also reached the top 50 in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, and Ireland.

ChartsEdit

Weekly charts

Chart (2004–2005) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[61] 41
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[62] 10
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[63] 7
Czech Republic (IFPI)[64] 2
France (SNEP)[65] 49
Greece (IFPI)[15] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[66] 25
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[67] 53
Scotland (OCC)[68] 13
UK Singles (OCC)[69] 8
UK R&B (OCC)[70] 3

Year-end charts

Chart (2004) Position
UK Singles (OCC)[46] 108

OthersEdit

Later, another answer song called "I Already Know" sung by Noelle was released and had the same background melody as the original song. American R&B group Nina Sky also recorded their own version of their song entitled "Time to Go" featuring rapper Angie Martinez.

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