MC Hammer

U Can't Touch This

Composed by Alonzo Miller / MC Hammer / Rick James

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A decade on from the crossover hysteria that surrounded this good (not great) radio hit, "U Can't Touch This" survives as the perfect good-time song for nostalgia parties or mere reminiscence of the era that brought us In Living Color and Vanilla Ice. The once (and future) Stanley Burrell borrowed the monster hook from Rick James' "Superfreak" and layered a few solid rhymes over it, his somewhat gravelly voice and supreme confidence covering up any deficiencies in lyric or delivery. The single promptly became a crossover pop and dance hit with (apparently) little effort, and its incredible success helped Hammer stay afloat for several years beyond his projected shelf life.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em 1990 Capitol 4:17
No Image 1990 EMI Music Distribution 4:15
No Image 1990 Capitol
Het Beste Uit Top 40 Van '90 1990
Various Artists
Eva
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Foundation / SBK Records
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Telstar 3:32
Now: 1990 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI
The Best Dance Album in the World...Ever!, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Virgin 4:12
Beats Rhymes & Basslines 1994
Various Artists
Alex 4:19
The  Greatest Hits of 90's, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
Soul Train: Hall of Fame, 20th Anniversary 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 4:16
Party Time, Vol. 2: Ultimate Party Album 1996
Various Artists
SPG
Greatest Hits 1996 EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 4:15
Dance Max, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / Capitol/Special 4:18
West Coast Collection, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Zomba 4:15
Living in the 90's [Warlock] 1997
Various Artists
Warlock Records 4:15
90's Now, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:15
Dance Party [Polygram] 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 4:16
Music for Your Party, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:15
Sports Rock, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 4:19
Back to Back Hits: MC Hammer/Vanilla Ice [1998] 1998 Capitol 4:15
Sports Rock & Jams, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 4:17
Now: 1990 [1998] 1998
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 4:13
Greatest Sports Rock and Jams [Box] 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:17
Frequency 99: The Greatest Hits of 90's 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 4:16
DJ Don's Party Mix: Children's Party 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness/Dance) 4:17
Back to Back: MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:16
Ultimate 90's [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Instant Party Disc: Extra Strength 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:14
36 Hits: 1990-1994 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 4:16
Millennium Hip-Hop Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:16
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:16
Back in tha Day, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Non-Stop 90's Party 1999
Various Artists
DJ Specialist 4:05
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 4:15
The Ultimate Grammy Box: From the Recording Academy's Collection 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:18
Hip Hop Party [Double Play] 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:13
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1990 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:17
Smash Hits: Party Mix [Two Disc] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:20
Ultramix 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:15
Let It Rock 1990 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:18
Dance at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 4:16
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 4:09
Monsters of Rap, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:18
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:16
The Hits 2000 Disky 4:21
Sounds of the 90's: Into the 90's [Time Life] 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:17
Ultimate Summer Party 2001
Various Artists
Global TV 4:09
Frequency 99: Greatest Hits of '90s [2 CD] 2001
Various Artists
Virgin 4:15
One Hit Wonders: Hard Two Get Hits [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
One Hit 4:15
Dancemania Bass, Vol. 10: Super Best 1998-2000 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Big Hits 1980-2000: Black 2001
Various Artists
Big Hits 4:14
Rap Attack [Simply The Best] 2001
Various Artists
Simply The Best (Netherlands) 4:16
History of Hits: 1990 2001
Various Artists
Reader's Digest Music
Party Central 2002
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 4:15
Old School Rap, Vol. 6 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:14
Greatest Hits Video's 2002
Various Artists
Disky
Old School Rap Party, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:12
Twogether Funk 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:14
Hip Hop High: Class of 1990-1991 2002
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 4:16
Capitol Records 1942-2002 [Deluxe Box Set] 2002
Various Artists
Capitol/EMI Records / Capitol 4:17
Hits of the 90's [2002] 2002
Various Artists
EMI 4:15
Greatest Hits of the 70s & 80s 2003
Various Artists
Disky
One Hit Wonders & Hard to Find Classics 2003
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:16
Party Box [EMI] 2003
Various Artists
EMI
Absolutely the Best of the 90's 2003
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 4:19
The Very Best of Pure R&B: The Winter Collection 2003 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Nineties Summer/Hot Latin Club 2004
Various Artists
Disky 4:16
Ultra Mix: Dance Hits of the 80s and 90s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy/Universal 4:15
I Love 90's [EMI] 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:14
History Of HipHop [Universal] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:15
802 Heavy Rotations J-Hits Complete 01-03 2004
Various Artists
Warner Music
Complete Urban 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:14
Pop Goes the 90's 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:17
Hits of a Decade 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Whatever: The '90s Pop and Culture Box 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 4:15
Complete Nineties [Australian Import] 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Reunited 2005
Various Artists
Disky Communications 4:14
Let's Party [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky 4:14
School Reunion: The Party 2005
Various Artists
Virgin 4:13
The Original '90s Album 2005
Various Artists
EMI 4:14
The Wedding Collection: Classical/Party/Love 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:10
R35: Rock & Pops Super Hits 2006
Various Artists
WEA 4:14
Office Party [2006] 2006
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
School Reunion Party 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Move: Driving with Pop & Beat Songs 2007
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Hit Club
Top 40 Dance Chart 1980-1995, Vol. 4 2007
Various Artists
Magic
Blindin' 90s 2007
Various Artists
EMI 4:14
Platinum 2007 EMI Music Distribution 4:15
The Best Of Disco...Ever! 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:13
Top of the Pops 1990 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:14
Playlist: Dance 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:13
The Best in Breakdance and Electric Boogie 2008
Various Artists
ZYX Music 4:17
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
This Is...1990 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:12
Pure Party 2008
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire / Parlophone 3:46
Tropic Thunder [Original Soundtrack] 2008
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 4:14
101 90's Hits 2008
Various Artists
Virgin 4:13
Flashback Hitmix 2008
Various Artists
Cloud Nine Records / Cloud 9 Holland / Masterpiece Classic 2:09
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Sbm Records / Sony BMG 4:15
Heat Party Anthems 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:13
Sounds of the 90's Generation 2008
Various Artists
Destra 4:15
101 Greatest Housework Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Virgin 4:13
101 Running Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:13
Now Dance Anthems 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:13
Now That's What I Call Dance Classics 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 4:12
Top of the Pops: Nineties [2009] 2009
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:11
The Best Dance Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI / EMI TV / Virgin 4:13
Original Hits: Rap & Soul 2010
Various Artists
EMI 4:14
The Ultimate Nineties Hits 2010
Various Artists
EMI 4:14
To the Best Mum in the World...Ever! 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Gold
100 Hits: New Years Eve Party 2011
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:12
100 Hits: 90s Anthems 2011
Various Artists
Demon Music Group 4:13
Top Of The Pops - Nineties 2011
Various Artists
4:14
Greatest Ever! Party Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 4:12
To Do List 2013
Original Soundtrack
Universal 4:17
Icon 2014 Capitol 4:15
Latest & Greatest: Hip-Hop Anthems 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music
Now! That's What I Call a Party 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal Music TV 4:15
Top 50: 30 Ans (100 Tubes), Vol. 2 2015
Various Artists
Universal
RMF on 90's 2015
Various Artists
Universal
25 lat Radia Zet 2015
Various Artists
Universal 4:15
BRIT Awards Decades: '90s
Various Artists
Rhino 4:15
Best Party Album in the World...Ever!
Various Artists
EMI Gold
Classic 90s [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:15
No Image
Various Artists
Captain Rob 4:16
Game On: The Sound of Darts
Various Artists
Universal
Hip To The Hop
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:14
Hits for Kids Pop Party, Vol. 11
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:12
Housework Hits
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:15
Joey Essex Presents Party Anthems
Various Artists
Warner Music TV 3:46
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
Living in the 90's
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
No Image
Various Artists
WEA
Music From The Motion Picture The To Do List
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Now Dance 902
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Original Hits: All American
Various Artists
EMI Gold 4:15
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:14
Party Time
Various Artists
SPG
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:14
School's Out '90s
Various Artists
EMI
The Best of School Disco.com: 10th Anniversary
Various Artists
EMI TV 4:13
Ultimate Office Party!
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:12
No Image
Various Artists
Embassy of Music 3:46
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 3:43
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