The song is most notable for the frequency of its expletives, especially for a mainstream pop song. It became the first song with an expletive in its title to enter on the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #16. It also reached #1 in Australia and the UK. It appeared in Billboard magazine as "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)".
It also earned a listing on the Guinness World Record for "the most expletives in a #1 song", with 33.
While Eamon initially said that he selected Frankee to record the song at an audition, he later stated that his only involvement was in clearing the use of the music with the following written statement:
"Just to clear it up once and for all, I was not involved with 'F.U.R.B.' I have never met Frankee and she is definitely not my girlfriend or ex-girlfriend. The only way I was associated with it was when I was asked for licensing permission by Frankee's representatives, which makes me a writer on her song by copyright law. But I really didn't expect all this to come out of it, they are having fun with it, it's cool but in the end they are paying me for their 15 minutes of fame and I welcome her to my world of Ho-Wop!
British BBC Radio 1 presenter Chris Moyles was heavily critical of both songs, going as far as to record and broadcast his own spoof version; "We Want You To Leave", claiming that both singles were the product of what amounted to nothing more than a cynical marketing ploy by Eamon and Frankee's record labels. Due to both being essentially variations of the same song, it would have been impossible for both to be released commercially if there weren't a pre-arranged agreement organised by the record labels involved, or if both labels were not at least part of the same group / conglomerate.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||16|
|U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||9|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||1|
|Dutch Top 40||1|
|German Singles Chart||1|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Italian Singles Chart||1|
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||1|