Bust a Move (song)

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"Bust a Move"
Single by Young MC
from the album Stone Cold Rhymin'
B-side "Got More Rhymes", "The Fastest Rhyme-My Name Is Young"
Released May 22, 1989[1]
Format 12-inch vinyl, 7-inch vinyl, cassette, CD
Recorded 1989
Genre Hip hop, pop-rap, dance-pop, dance-rock, Rap rock
Length 4:20
Label Fourth & Broadway, Delicious Vinyl, Island Records, BMG Ariola
Writer(s) Marvin Young, Matt Dike, Michael Ross
Producer(s) Matt Dike, Michael Ross
Certification Platinum (RIAA)[2]
Young MC singles chronology
"Bust a Move"
"Principal's Office"
Young MC's "Bust A Move" from Stone Cold Rhymin'

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"Bust a Move" is a 1989 single by the rapper Young MC. It won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. It appeared on his album Stone Cold Rhymin' and was his biggest hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the charts in Australia. The song stayed on the Billboard 100 for 39 weeks and 20 weeks in the top 40 alone. The song is built on a sample of "Found a Child" by the group Ballin' Jack. The breakdown segment contains a combination of beats sampled from the songs "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band, and "Daytime Hustler" by Bette Midler. Bust a Move also featured guest vocals by Crystal Blake and bass guitar by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, both of whom also appeared in the video. The song has been featured in countless television programs and films.

In 2008, it was ranked number 47 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop, and number 60 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's.


The lyrics tell of a young man and his frustration in several attempts to find (or seduce) a woman in various places and failing to be able to do so because he can't dance; he isn't able to "bust a move."

Chart positions[edit]

U.S. charts[edit]

  • Billboard Hot 100: 7[3]
  • Billboard Hot Rap Singles: 2
  • Billboard Hot Black Singles: 9[3]
  • Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: 7[3]

UK charts[edit]

Australian charts[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Young MC landed a cameo role in the Jason Reitman 2009 film Up in the Air. Young played himself, performing Bust a Move [6] at a software convention and the characters Ryan (played by George Clooney) and Alex (Vera Farmiga), who are among the audience, are seen shouting the chorus.

Cover versions[edit]

Hardcore punk band Diehard Youth covered this song on the compilation album Too Legit for the Pit: Hardcore Takes the Rap.

It was covered by various cast members of the hit CW drama One Tree Hill as part of a karaoke night.

It was also covered by Matthew Morrison on the TV show Glee and subsequently released on the Glee soundtrack CD.


  1. ^ "Bust a move". faqs.org. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Young M.C. singles. RIAA.com. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "MC Young: Artist Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Young MC Chart History". polyhex.com. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Young MC - Bust a Move (song)". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ Up in the air (I) (2009) Soundtracks at the Internet Movie Database

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