MC Hammer

U Can't Touch This

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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
No Image 1990 Capitol / EMI Records 0:00
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Foundation / SBK Records
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Telstar 3:32
Now: 1990 [1993] 1993
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI
Beats Rhymes & Basslines 1994
Various Artists
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 4:09
Greatest Hits 1996 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 4:15
90's Now, Vol. 1 1997
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 CEMA Special Markets 4:16
Sports Rock & Jams, Vol. 3 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 4:17
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
Back to Back: MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:16
Radio Disney: Kid Jams 1999
Various Artists
Walt Disney / Disney 0:00
Ultimate 90's [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
36 Hits: 1990-1994 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 4:16
Non-Stop 90's Party 1999
Various Artists
DJ Specialist 4:05
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
Double Play Records 0:00
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:17
Smash Hits: Party Mix [Two Disc] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:20
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
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
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Virgin 4:15
Big Hits 1980-2000: Black 2001
Various Artists
Big Hits 4:14
Party Central 2002
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 4:15
Old School Rap, Vol. 6 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:14
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 4:17
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle 2003
Original Soundtrack
Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 4:16
Absolutely the Best of the 90's 2003
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 4:19
Ultra Mix: Dance Hits of the 80s and 90s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy / Universal 4:15
90's Rewind 2004 Sony Music Distribution 4:16
Whatever: The '90s Pop and Culture Box 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 4:15
The Original '90s Album 2005
Various Artists
EMI 4:14
The Wedding Collection: Classical/Party/Love 2006
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertai / United Multimedia 0:00
Platinum 2007 EMI Music Distribution 4:15
Top of the Pops 1990 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:14
Playlist: 90's Pop 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:14
This Is...1990 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 4:12
Pure 90s Pop [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l / EMI 4:15
Tropic Thunder [Original Soundtrack] 2008
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records
You Should Be Dancing 2008 Sony BMG 4:14
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
Virgin 4:13
101 Running Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:13
No Image 2009
Original Soundtrack
EMI Music Distribution
Now That's What I Call Dance Classics 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Sony Music Entertainment 4:12
The Best Dance Album in the World...Ever! [2009] 2009
Various Artists
EMI / Virgin 4:13
Original Hits: Rap & Soul 2010
Various Artists
EMI 4:14
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 4:13
Countdown to the New Year 2010
Various Artists
Capitol 4:12
To Do List 2013
Original Soundtrack
Universal 4:16
Icon 2014 Capitol 4:15
4 All Ages: 90s Music
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
80s & 90s
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
80s and 90s Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
90's Hits [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol 4:15
90's Party Mix [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
90's Pop Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
90s Best Of
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
90s Hip Hop
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
90s Summer Anthems
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
90s Summer Hip Hop
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
90s Summer Sound Waves
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Basketball Songs
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Carpool Karaoke Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Christmas House Party
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Classic Pop Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Cleaning Motivation
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Double Tops - Die 40 Ultimativen Darts-Songs
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 4:15
Drew's Famous - Hits of the 90s
Various Artists
Drew's Entertainment / Universal 4:15
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 4:16
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 4:16
Friday Night Fever [2020]
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Game Over
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Guilty Pleasures [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol / EMI 4:15
Hip Hop 90s
Various Artists
UMG Recordings Inc. 4:17
Hip Hop Summer Sound Waves
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Hip To The Hop
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:14
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Kids Dance Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Let's Go 90s Party!
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
New Year's Eve Countdown
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:17
Nineties Party Music
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
No Image
Various Artists
UNIVERSAL
Old But Gold 90's
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Party Summer Sound Waves
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Pop Anos 90
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Pop Summer Sound Waves
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Rap Attack
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Retro Hits [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
School's Out '90s
Various Artists
EMI
Self Isolation Vibes
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Skiing Workout Mix
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Songs From the 90's
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Songs to Wash Your Hands To
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Sports Arena Anthems
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Stay Home Stay Safe
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
The Best of School Disco.com: 10th Anniversary
Various Artists
EMI 4:13
Throwback hits - Throwback party songs
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Throwbacks
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Verão em Boa Onda
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Wedding Party [2019]
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Weekend Vibes
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Workout From Home
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Workout Playlist 2020 [October 2, 2020]
Various Artists
Universal 4:16
Your Friday Memes
Various Artists
Universal 4:17