“I Want You Back” was written by the Motown writing team called the Corporation.
Originally titled “I Want Be Free,” it was intended for Gladys Knight & The Pips and at one point was going to be recorded by Diana Ross.
Berry Gordy changed the title and some of the lyrics and make it more of a love song, suitable for his newly-signed group.
It was the first single released by Motown for the Jackson 5.
With Berry Gordy going out his way to make the group successful, he invested a lot of time and money on it’s production and release, making it one of the most expensive singles recorded at that time.