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Dirty Desire

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"Dirty Desire"
Single by Utada
from the album This Is the One
ReleasedDecember 21, 2009 (2009-12-21)
FormatDigital download
GenreDance-pop, R&B, hip hop, synthpop, electropop
LabelIsland Def Jam
Songwriter(s)Utada, C. "Tricky" Stewart
Producer(s)Utada, Stewart, Kuk Harrell, Sking U
Utada singles chronology
"Come Back to Me"
"Dirty Desire"
"Hymne à l'amour (Ai no Anthem)"
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Dirty Desire

"Dirty Desire" is a song by Japanese-American singer-songwriter Utada. The single was released exclusively in the fourth quarter of 2009 as a promotional single to US dance/club radio. The single later received a digital commercial release in December 2009 and peaked on the Billboard Dance/Club Charts at number 16.


The song itself is about fantasizing over someone who is already in a relationship (somewhat similar to Tippy Toe from 2004's EXODUS). It features repetition of the title, as though "dirty desire" is the only thing that can be thought of when thinking of said person. It has playful lyrics, with Utada toying with her Japanese heritage with the line "And in my fantasies I love you long time". The song itself features synths and a very prominent drum beat, that lasts throughout the entire song. It finishes with the repeated line "Bring that beat back!" before fading out.

Promotion and Reception

During his review for This Is the One, Daniel Robson of The Japan Times stated that the song is almost x-rated, particularly on the line "During my 9 to 5 / I'm thinking six and nine". He also added "Is this what it takes to find Stateside success? Whoring yourself both musically and lyrically?".[1]

Track listing

Dirty Desire Remixes
1."Dirty Desire (Mike Rizzo Radio Edit)"3:34
2."Dirty Desire (Digital Dog Radio Edit)"2:35
3."Dirty Desire (Razor N' Guido Radio Edit)"3:49
4."Dirty Desire (Mike Rizzo Club Mix)*"7:05
5."Dirty Desire (Digital Dog Club Mix)"6:02
6."Dirty Desire (Razor N' Guido Club Mix)"8:20
7."Dirty Desire (Mike Rizzo Dub Mix)"6:41
8."Dirty Desire (Digital Dog Dub Mix)"6:20
9."Dirty Desire (Razor N' Guido Dub Mix)"6:20
  • also known as the "Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Club Mix"

Chart rankings

Chart Peak
US Club Play 16

Release history

Region Date Format
Japan December 21, 2009 (2009-12-21) PC Download
US December 21, 2009 (2009-12-21) PC Download


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