Don’t Wanna Fall In Love – Jane Child | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#2), R&B (#6), and Dance (#11); 1990

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Born in Scarborough, Ontario, Jane Child’s classical piano-playing mother taught her to sing, and her father – also classically trained – taught her to play the violin.

By age 12, Jane was singing in the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, and soon after studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jane was well on her way to being a concert pianist when, at 15, she answered a summer job ad for a rock ‘n’ roll keyboard player.

The Royal Conservatory became history when Jane joined Summerhill, and spent the next year playing the dumps-and-dives circuit. By 1988 she was making the rounds with demo tape in hand.

Her triple-threat ability to write, perform, and produce music impressed Warner Brothers so much, VP of A&R Mo Ostin gave Jane free rein in crafting her debut album. In mid-April, 1990, her single of Don’t Wanna Fall In Love began a three week stay at #2 on the pop chart, and hit #1 in radio airplay.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Jane Child

Lyrics Written by:

  • Jane Child