Push It (Salt-n-Pepa song)
|Single by Salt-n-Pepa|
|from the album Hot, Cool & Vicious|
|B-side||"I Am Down"|
|Genre||Hip hop, R&B, synthpop|
|Length||4:30 (album version)|
|Label||Next Plateau Records/London Records|
|Writer(s)||Hurby Azor & Raymond Douglas Davies|
"Push It" is a song by the group Salt-n-Pepa. It was released as the B-side of the "Tramp" single in 1987, and as its own single in 1988. It peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1988 and, after initially peaking at #41 in the UK, it re-entered the charts after the group performed the track at Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday concert, eventually peaking at #2 that summer. The song has also been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song is ranked #446 on Rolling Stone 's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was ranked #9 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.
The original version of "Push It" was first released as the B-side to the 12" single "Tramp" in 1987. The corresponding 7" single contained a "Mixx-It" remix by San Francisco DJ and producer Cameron Paul; this was the radio version that gave the group its first mainstream hit. It advanced into the Billboard Top 40 the week of December 26, 1987, eventually reaching its peak of #19 the week of February 20, 1988. It also ties with "Let's Talk About Sex" as the group's highest-charting UK hit, with both peaking at #2 in that country.
The original 1986 editions of the album Hot, Cool & Vicious did not contain "Push It". When the Cameron Paul remix of "Push It" became a radio hit, the album was reissued with the "Push It" remix added, along with the original versions of "Tramp" and "Chick on the Side" replaced by remixes.
"Push It" was nominated for a Grammy Award, and the strength of that single catapulted the reissued Hot, Cool and Vicious album to platinum sales in the US with one million sold, making Salt-n-Pepa the first female rap act (group or solo) to go gold or platinum. The album ultimately sold 1.3 million copies worldwide.
- "Push It" - 4:12 - B-side of "Tramp" 12" single
- "Push It (Instrumental)" - 4:12 - B-side of "Tramp" 12" single
- "Push It (Mixx-It Remix)" - 4:28 - B-side of "Tramp" 7" single; also known as Album Version, Remix, 7" Remix, Full-Length Remix, Radio Edit
- "Push It (U.S. Remix)" - 3:29 - 1988 Europe/Australasia-only edited version of Mixx-It Remix
- "Push It (The Shuv'd Mix)" - 5:06 - 1988 UK-only remix; also known as UK Mix
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||9|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)||1|
|Canada RPM Top Singles||7|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||9|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||1|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||4|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||6|
|United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)||2|
|US Hot Rap Tracks||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||19|
- Covered by electro-industrial band Numb on Operation Beatbox (Re-Constriction Records, 1996).
- Covered by eurodance band Solid Base on Express in 1999.
- Covered by British singer Harry in 2003 for a Rimmel commercial.
- Covered by Crunk&B trio Taurus in their song "Taurus Here" which also served as a tribute to Salt-N-Pepa.
- Covered by Australian Sophie Monk in 2007 for a push up bras promotion.
- Covered by Death metal band Ten Masked Men on the album Return of the Ten Masked Men.
- In 2008 on their Tangled Up Tour, the girl group Girls Aloud performed the song.
- Covered by the "Bud Band" in Budweiser's UK adverts in 2008.
- Covered in the episode "Showmance" of Glee by the Glee cast.
Sampling and remixes
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- Remixed with The Stooges' "No Fun" by Belgian group 2 Many DJs, becoming what is one of their signature mashups.
- Remixed by American group, The Diplomats.
- Sampled and remixed for Taurus's "Taurus Here".
- Used as an excerpt for New Kids on the Block's "Step by Step" on their Live tour.
- Sampled for Timbaland's "The Way I Are".
- Destiny's Child's "Nasty Girl" interpolates the melody of "Push It".
- Sampled in 2003 for "Let It All Out (Push It)," the first solo single of René Dif, lead male singer of Aqua.
- Sampled for Ciara's "Do It".
- Quoted in Missy Elliott's "Don't Be Cruel" on This Is Not a Test!.
- Sampled for a 2007 McDonald's commercial.
- Sampled by the Gorillaz in the song 'Kids with Guns'.
- Sampled for the main bassline "Push The Ghosts" a 2007 single, by The Twang.
- Sampled by Solomon on his mixtape "Rhyting Rhymes Vol. 1".
- Sampled by Diplo in the song Sunshowers for the M.I.A. mixtape Piracy Funds Terrorism Volume 1.
- Sampled and covered by Harlem rap group Dipset in 2004.
- Sampled in Massari's song, Body body.
- Sampled in Lady Gaga's performance of her song "Paparazzi" in V Fest 2009.
- Sampled in Pitbull's song "Hey Baby (Drop It To The Floor)" featuring T-Pain.
- Sampled in Miley Cyrus's song "SMS (Bangerz)" featuring Britney Spears
- Vocal Remixed by DJ ELKING, [DJ AM Tribute]
In other media
- Played in an episode of Two And A Half Men.
- Played in an episode of My Name Is Earl.
- Played in an episode of 30 Rock.
- Played in an episode of King of the Hill, during a talent show at which cheerleaders performed to the song.
- Video shown in an episode of Beavis and Butthead
- Played on the ads for the deodorant 'Impulse Tease' starring Jessica Tovey from Home and Away.
- Played in the 1999 movie 10 Things I Hate About You.
- Played in the 2004 movie Soul Plane.
- Played in the 2004 movie My Baby's Daddy.
- Played in 2004/2005 Swiffer mop commercials.
- Played during a 2005 Nextel television advertisement.
- Played in the 2005 movie The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
- Played in the 2005 TV series Surface episode 1.07.
- Played in the 2006 movie Grandma's Boy.
- Played in the 2008 movie Make It Happen.
- Played in the 2010 movie Hot Tub Time Machine.
- Played in the 2011 movie Something Borrowed.
- Played in the 2012 movie Project X
- Played in the 2013 movie August: Osage County.
- Played in the trailer for Little Man along with an instrumental version of Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough.
- Played in the trailer for Turbo
- Used as part of a 2012 Calvin Klein bra advert.
- Played in an episode of Peep Show.
- Used before the showing of a programme on Fiver.
- Apolo Anton Ohno danced to it on Dancing with the Stars.
- Danny Tidwell and Sara Von Gillern danced to "Push It" on Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance.
- Used on ECW's Extreme Exposé.
- A song to dance to on week 7 on America's Best Dance Crew.
- Used in Showtime's The L Word, Season 6 when Alice, Tasha and Jamie danced in the Dance Marathon.
- Referenced in an installment of the webcomic Dinosaur Comics by being sung by the main characters.
- Used in the new Toyota 4runner 2010 Commercial (shown on Canadian TV).
- Played (and accapella'd) in an episode of Accidentally on Purpose.
- Featured on the Xbox 360 Kinect video game Dance Central.
- Mixed with respectively "I Want Your Soul" by Armand Van Helden and "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa in DJ Hero 2.
- Covered by the fictional band Jeffster! on the television show Chuck.
- Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake performed part of it for the History of Rap 2 performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
- Performed by the Glee Cast in the episode "Showmance". This version charted in Australia and peaked at number 40.
- Played in Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2012 commercial, animal "eyes", where forest animals gape at the car.
- Played in episode 1 of the TV series Cuckoo.
- Played in the background of one of The Spartan Cheerleaders sketches on Saturday Night Live.
- Played as part of the Target back to school advertising campaign in 2013.
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