Like Glue

"Like Glue" is a song recorded by Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul, from his second album Dutty Rock (2002). The song was produced by Tony "CD" Kelly, and written by Kelly and Sean Paul. Lyrics from "Like Glue" were originally the intro to "Gimme the Light" until Sean Paul expanded it and made it into a full song. Lyrically, the song refers to how Sean Paul doesn't care what people say and that he has to stick to his girlfriends "like glue".

"Like Glue"
Single by Sean Paul
from the album Dutty Rock
Released1 July 2003
(international single release)
FormatCD single, CD maxi
7" single, 12-inch single
LabelK-Licious Music (Jamaica)
VP/Atlantic Records
(U.S. and international)
Songwriter(s)Anthony Kelly, Sean Paul, Xavier "Flexx" Davidson, Craig "Craig T" Thompson, Alistaire "Alex" McCalla, Roshaun "Bay-C" Clarke
Producer(s)Tony "CD" Kelly
Sean Paul singles chronology
"Get Busy"
"Like Glue"

Following the successful chart performances of "Gimme the Light" and "Get Busy", "Like Glue" was released worldwide on 1 July 2003 as the album's third single. It was distributed through K-Licious Music in Jamaica and through VP and Atlantic Records internationally. The single peaked at #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and achieved success worldwide, becoming a top ten hit in Switzerland, UK, Canada and Ireland. The song was listed as the 325th best song of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media.

The single's accompanying music video was directed by Benny Boom. The video earned Paul a "Best International Artist Video" award at the 2003 MuchMusic Video Awards.

The song also has been featured on the 2005 video game, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition.

Background and video

When Sean Paul appeared on the music channel Flava, he revealed that the song was originally going to be the intro of "Gimme the Light" until he expanded on the lyrics. The song was originally released in 2001 as part of the "Buy Out" rhythm, but became a hit on the strength of Sean Paul's popularity from "Gimme the Light". The song samples T.O.K.'s song "Money 2 Burn" from their album My Crew, My Dawgs. According to Allmusic, the song is influenced by the song "Louie Louie."

The song has two censored words in the edited version: "Trees" in the chorus, when he says "Need a lot of trees up in my head", and "chronic" in verse 2, when he says "After a chronic, we take a drag", both referring to cannabis.

The music video was directed by Benny Boom, and instead of Sean Paul singing verse 3, Paul's brother Jason shouts out dances, and the dancers in the video perform them accordingly. The fourth verse is the repeat of the first verse. Also, there's a verse in Jamaican patois. The song is also played at the end of the "Get Busy" video.

This song is also featured on the soundtrack of the video game Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition. Ivy Queen's single from 2004, "Papi Te Quiero" samples "Like Glue" but blends a reggaeton beat produced by Rafi Mercenario. The English version of "Papi Te Quiero", however, features the original beat of "Like Glue". Both can be found on the platinum edition of Queen's third studio album Diva (2003).


The song ranked #70 on's list of the "Top 100 Pop Songs of 2003".[1] It was also listed as the 325th best song of the 2000s by Pitchfork Media. The music video won the 2003 MuchMusic Video Awards for Best International Artist Video.

Track listings

CD single
  1. "Like Glue" (album version) – 3:53
  2. "Like Glue" (instrumental) – 4:01
CD maxi
  1. "Like Glue (album version)" – 3:53
  2. "Like Glue (instrumental)" – 4:01
  3. "Like Glue (acapella)" – 4:05
7" single
  1. "Like Glue" (album version) – 3:53
  2. "Like Glue" (instrumental) – 4:01
12" maxi
  1. "Like Glue" (video version) – 4:14
  2. "Like Glue" (instrumental) – 4:01
  3. "Get Busy (Clap Your Hands Now Remix)" (street club long version) – 4:18

Charts and certifications


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