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"Justify My Love"
Released November 6, 1990
Length 4:59
Writer(s) Lenny Kravitz
Ingrid Chavez
Producer(s) Lenny Kravitz
André Betts

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"Justify My Love" is the lead single from Madonna's first greatest hits album The Immaculate Collection.


Lenny Kravitz helped Madonna write and produce this sultry song, where Madonna whispers most of the lyrics. It was the first single from her highly anticipated greatest hits album, The Immaculate Collection, and created plenty of sales-generating controversy for the singer, who was known for pushing the limits of sexual content.


The song is set in common time, with a moderately dance-oriented tempo of 116 beats per minute. It is composed in the key of B major with Madonna's voice ranging from the tonal nodes of A4 to D5. Madonna sings "vague, tuneless phrases chanted in Madonna's most breathless voice over a minimal house groove — serves mainly to justify the visuals."

Cross references

  • "Justify My Love", along with eleven other songs, is referenced in Madonna's 2015 track "Veni Vidi Vici".

Music Video

Music Video Information
Madonna_-_Justify_My_Love_(video) Released November, 1990
Length 5:00
Director Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Production Co Unknown
Choreographer N/A
Filmed November 9, 1990
Location Paris
VEVO views 15+ Million Views


I wanna kiss you in Paris
I wanna hold your hand in Rome
I wanna run naked in a rainstorm

Make love in a train cross-country
You put this in me
So now what, so now what?

Wanting, needing, waiting
For you to justify my love
Hoping, praying
For you to justify my love

I want to know you
Not like that
I don't wanna be your mother
I don't wanna be your sister either

I just wanna be your lover
I wanna be your baby
Kiss me, that's right, kiss me

Wanting, needing, waiting
For you to justify my love
Yearning, burning
For you to justify my love

What are you gonna do?
What are you gonna do?
Talk to me - tell me your dreams
Am I in them?
Tell me your fears

Are you scared?
Tell me your stories
I'm not afraid of who you are
We can fly!

Poor is the man
Whose pleasures depend
On the permission of another
Love me, that's right, love me
I wanna be your baby

Wanting, needing, waiting
For you to justify my love
I'm open and ready
For you to justify my love
To justify my love
Wanting, to justify

Waiting, to justify my love
Praying, to justify
To justify my love
I'm open, to justify my love