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"King of Rock" is a 1985 single by Run–D.M.C. and the title track from their album King of Rock. It was featured on the video games Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, and is a downloadable track on Rock Band 3. The song was sampled for Michael Jackson's song "2 Bad" and was performed by the group at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Eddie Martinez is the song's lead guitarist and appears in the video.
It reached no. 108 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The music video featured Calvert DeForest as a security guard.
References in popular culture
- "King of Rock" is heard in the 2010 movie Cop Out.
- Beastie Boys make reference to the song in "Shame In Your Game" from the album Hello Nasty with the lyrics "I'm the king of Boggle, there is none higher. I get eleven points from the word quagmire."
- 7" - Profile (US)
- "King of Rock" – 4:38
- "King of Rock (Instrumental)" – 4:10
- 12" - Profile (US)
- "King of Rock" – 6:15
- "King of Rock (Instrumental)" – 6:34