Move On Up

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"Move On Up"
Single by Curtis Mayfield
from the album Curtis
B-side Brother of Mine
Give It Up
Released 1971
Format 7" Maxi single
Genre Funk, soul
Label Buddah
Writer(s) Curtis Mayfield
Producer(s) Curtis Mayfield

"Move On Up" is a song by Curtis Mayfield from his 1970 debut album Curtis. Nearly 9 minutes long in its album version, it was not released as a single in the United States, but an edited version of the song spent ten weeks in the top 50 of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #12.[1][2]

In popular culture and covers[edit]

The song is played by English Premier League side Arsenal and is featured in the 2014 video game Watch Dogs in the game's radio soundtrack.[3]

In 1979, disco trio, Destination, recorded the song, incorporating the song "Keep on Pushing", a 1964 hit by The Impressions. Along with the tracks, "Up Up Up" and "Destination's Theme, "Move On Up", hit number one on the disco chart for four weeks.[4] It peaked at number sixty-eight on the soul singles chart.[5]

Trickster (UK producer Liam Sullivan) scored a UK Top 20 hit with his house cover version in 1998, which reached number 19.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Warwick, Neil; Jon Kutner; Tony Brown (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 713. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. 
  2. ^ "Search for UK Singles - 1952-2009". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ "Move On Up". Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's, Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003, 2004
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004, 2004

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Preceded by
"Come to Me" / "Don't Stop Dancing" / "Playboy" by France Joli
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(Destination version with "Up Up Up"/"Destination's Theme")

October 13, 1979 - November 3, 1979
Succeeded by
"Harmony" by Suzi Lane