Eat It

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"Eat It"
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D
B-side "That Boy Could Dance"
Released February 28, 1984
Format 7", 12"
Recorded December 13, 1983
Genre Comedy rock, hard rock, R&B
Length 3:19
Label Scotti Brothers
Writer(s) Michael Jackson
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Producer(s) Rick Derringer
Certification Gold (RIAA)
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"I Love Rocky Road"
(1983)
"Eat It"
(1984)
"King of Suede"
(1984)
Alternative covers
British single cover
Japanese single cover
"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D track listing
  1. "Eat It"
  2. "Midnight Star"
  3. "The Brady Bunch"
  4. "Buy Me a Condo"
  5. "I Lost on Jeopardy"
  6. "Polkas on 45"
  7. "Mr. Popeil"
  8. "King of Suede"
  9. "That Boy Could Dance"
  10. "Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)"
  11. "Nature Trail to Hell"

"Eat It" is a song by comedy music artist "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a parody of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson.

According to Yankovic, when he presented his lyrics to Jackson for review, he didn't know what kind of reaction he'd get. Jackson allegedly thought it was amusing, and agreed to allow the parody.[1]

Reception[edit]

The single reached number 1 in Australia, and it was his highest-charting U.S. single on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 12 until "White & Nerdy" peaked at number 9 in October 2006.[2] "Eat It" earned Yankovic a 1984 Grammy Award in the Best Comedy Recording category.[3] "Eat It" also outranked "Beat It" in overall highest position on the Australian Aria Charts, with its highest rank being number 1, while "Beat It"'s highest is 3rd. On October 19, 1989, the RIAA certified "Eat It" as a gold single.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1984 release[edit]

The following tracks are on the single:

  1. "Eat It" – 3:19
  2. "That Boy Could Dance" – 3:32

The promo single only contains "Eat It".

1985/1993 re-release[edit]

  1. "Eat It" – 3:19
  2. "I Lost on Jeopardy" – 3:26

Music video[edit]

The video for "Eat It" is a shot-for-shot remake of Jackson's video for "Beat It", except that in Yankovic's version, elements are parodied in various silly ways (like the gang members fighting over a rubber chicken, etc.).[5]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 36
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
"99 Luftballons" by Nena
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
May 7, 1984
Succeeded by
"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins