DeBarge was a family R&B, Soul, and Funk music group. The collective of singers and musicians was one of the few recording acts to bring success to the Motown label during the 1980s. “I Like It” was the second single from their second studio album All This Love.
The song became the band’s first huge hit, peaking at No. 2 on the R&B singles chart while crossing over to the Pop singles chart, where it peaked at No. 31. It’s remained a covered and sampled track in R&B and Hip-Hop music since its release with some of its lyrics and melodies interpolated or recalled in other songs. R&B trio Jomanda covered it in 1991. Artists such as Nelly, LL Cool J, Beyoncé, Grand Puba and Warren G have also sampled the track.
The song is most notable for El DeBarge’s high notes and catchy bridge, it has been noted that when the group first recorded the record El DeBarge nailed the high notes on the first take! Check out the groups Soul Train performance of the Motown hit above.