"Jump Around" is a song by the group House of Pain, produced by DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill, who has also covered the song. It became a hit in 1992, reaching number 3 in the group's native United States. A 1993 re-release of the song in the United Kingdom, where the initial release had been a minor hit, peaked at number 8. On VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s, "Jump Around" was featured at position 24. It was number 66 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. The song is popular among dance hallDJs and is widely regarded in the United Kingdom as a club classic. Blender's 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born listed it at number 325.
The song features a distinctive horn fanfare intro, sampled from the Bob & Earl's 1963 track "Harlem Shuffle". The song also samples "Popeye (The Hitchhiker)" by Chubby Checker. But it is best known for a high-pitched squeal that appears at the beginning of almost every bar, used a total of 66 times in the course of the recording. It was rumored to be a sample of Prince's scream from his track, "Gett Off". However, the sample has been proven to be a saxophone squeal from the Junior Walker and the All Stars track "Shoot Your Shot".
In 2008 the song was covered in the Irish Language by Irish-American comedian Des Bishop. The cover was part of Des Bishop's aim to learn Irish in a TV series called In the Name of the Fada. The title in Irish is Léim (Léimigí) Thart.
Students in sections O & P jumping around and dancing in 2014
At home football games at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, students "Jump Around" to the song between the third and fourth quarters. The tradition grew out of the men's varsity swim team members playing it over a portable CD player and broadcasting via a smuggled-in megaphone to sections O and P during the games to rile up those sections. This began in 1993, well before the official start. In March of 1997, at a Fraternity party at Delta Tau Delta at midnight the song was played with the football team and members of the future stadium employees and it became the midnight anthem for every party till the end of that year. The "official" start was on Saturday, October 10, 1998, at the Badgers Homecoming game against the Purdue Boilermakers. After no offensive points were scored in the third quarter, and en route to their second 6–0 start of the modern football era, one of the Badgers' marketing agents, who was in charge of sound, piped the song through the loudspeakers. It stirred up fans and players and become an eventual tradition.
However, on September 6, 2003 (the Badgers' first home game of the season), with construction of skyboxes surrounding Camp Randall Stadium, UW officials decided to cancel the "Jump Around" due to worries about structural integrity. Stadium security and the local police department had been informed of this decision but no notification had been given to the fans. When news surfaced on Monday, September 8, that this event was not a technical or human malfunction, but rather a decision by campus officials, the students launched a protest. Petitions circulated and students pushed back against administration. Structural engineers confirmed that the stadium would suffer no structural damage caused by the vibrations created by jumping. Two days later, Chancellor John D. Wiley announced that the "Jump Around" tradition would resume. The song's title is displayed on unofficial Wisconsin Badgers clothing and apparel, along with the credit/debit cards of the university's employee/student/alumni credit union.
In 2004, the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team began using the song as it was a favorite tune among Rashad McCants and others on the team. The song has played at the beginning of every home game at the Dean Smith Center since that year. Just as in Madison, during the song the entire student section jumps up and down. Occasionally, the players are seen dancing to the song as well. When the Tar Heels won their most recent national title in 2009, the song was played over the Smith Center loudspeakers after the final buzzer.
When the Tar Heels moved a 2010 game against Texas to the Greensboro Coliseum, Jump Around was played before the opening tip of that game as well.
This song is played at Angels Stadium during Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball games in the late innings. It is typically preceded by a video of the "Rally Monkey" shown on the scoreboard video screen, which usually features a clip from a classic movie with the Rally Monkey interposed into the movie scene. The Rally Monkey then holds up a "Rally Time" sign and the chorus of "Jump Around" is played to fire up the fans to cheer for the Angels to rally and catch up in the game while the Rally Monkey is shown jumping up and down.