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"I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" is a song written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and originally performed by Cherrelle in 1984. The single was Cherrelle's first hit, peaking at number eight on the soul chart and number seventy-nine on the Hot 100. On the US dance chart, "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" went to number six. A slightly altered version of the song is featured in the 2015 N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Robert Palmer recorded a cover one year later, and it was released as the fifth single from his 1985 album Riptide. The single hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986, only behind "Amanda" by Boston, and the music video, which featured women much like the ones from "Addicted to Love", hit No. 1 on MTV on October 17, 1986.
Mariah Carey covered the song in 2001 for the soundtrack to the film, Glitter. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis also produced Mariah Carey's cover and she sang over the original instrumental.
The song was also covered in 2001 by reggae artist Frankie Paul.
Queen Latifah sampled Cherrelle's version on her song "Turn You On" from her 1998 album Order in the Court.
Other cover versions were by DJ Colette in 2005, Cass & Mangan in 2006 (Saw Recordings), and Dino Lenny in 2009 followed by John Dote' in 2017.