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You're Makin' Me High

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B-side  "Let It Flow"
Genre  R&B hip hop soul
Recorded  1996
Released  May 21, 1996 (United States)
Format  CD single, CD maxi single, cassette single, 12" single, 7" single
Length  4:27 4:03 (single version)

"You're Makin' Me High" is the lead single from Toni Braxton's second studio album, Secrets (1996). This mid-tempo song represents a joint collaboration between the Grammy Award-winning producer Babyface and Bryce Wilson, and was issued in the United States as a double A-side with "Let It Flow", the airplay hit from the motion picture Waiting to Exhale (1995). Caroline Bologna of The Huffington Post writes that the song is about masturbation.


"You're Makin' Me High" became Braxton's first number-one single on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts; it remained on top for one week on the former and for two weeks on the latter, eventually going platinum as rated by the RIAA. A dance remix by David Morales with re-recorded vocals allowed the single to also top the Hot Dance Club Play chart for two weeks in August 1996. Another remix for urban markets was created featuring rapper Foxy Brown, called the "Groove Mix".

The song earned Braxton her third Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1997. The success of "You're Makin' Me High" would later be continued with the release of "Un-Break My Heart" (1996). "You're Makin' Me High" was sampled for Method Man & Redman's 2001 song "Part II", from the How High soundtrack. In 2014, Anglo-American producer/DJ Secondcity sampled a part of the song's bridge for the main hook of his UK #1 single "I Wanna Feel".

Music video

The music video, directed by Bille Woodruff, features Braxton and a group of friends (consisting of actresses Erika Alexander, Vivica A. Fox, and Tisha Campbell-Martin) enjoying themselves in luxurious surroundings. An elevator brings up a series of men, some very attractive and others amusingly unattractive. Braxton and her friends "judge" the men using oversized playing cards as score cards. Periodically, one of the women chooses a man to leave with. Braxton chooses Bryce Wilson, whom she dated at the time, and they are shown together in a bathtub of cotton candy and on a dance floor, with Braxton also shown wearing a white bodysuit.

Track listings and formats

European CD maxi single
  1. "You're Makin' Me High" (Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "You're Makin' Me High" (Album Version) – 4:26
  3. "You're Makin' Me High" (Morales Classic Edit) – 3:35
  4. "You're Makin' Me High" (Morales Classic Mix) – 9:41
  1. "You're Makin' Me High" (Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "You're Makin' Me High" (T'empo's Radio Edit) – 4:05
  3. "You're Makin' Me High" (Dancehall Mix) – 4:52
  4. "You're Makin' Me High" (Groove Remix) – 4:34 - featuring Foxy Brown
  5. "You're Makin' Me High" (T'empo's Private Club Mix) - 8:50
  6. "You're Makin' Me High" (Morales Classic Mix) – 9:41
  1. "You're Makin' Me High" (Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "Let It Flow" – 4:22
  3. "Breathe Again" – 4:17
  4. "Another Sad Love Song" – 4:55
US Cassette Single [2]
  1. "You're Makin' Me High" (Radio Edit) – 4:07
  2. "Let It Flow" (Album Version) – 4:22
  3. "You're Makin' Me High" (Instrumental) – 4:07
  4. "Let It Flow" (Instrumental) – 4:22


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