Rock the Bells (song)

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"Rock the Bells"
Single by LL Cool J
from the album Radio
B-side El Shabazz
Released September 22, 1986
Format Vinyl single
Genre Golden age hip hop, Rap rock
Length 4:00
Label Def Jam, Columbia, CBS Records
Writer(s) James Todd Smith, Rick Rubin
Producer(s) Rick Rubin, LL Cool J
LL Cool J singles chronology
I Can Give You More
(1986)
Rock the Bells
(1986)
You'll Rock
(1986)
Radio track listing
Untitled
(6)
"Rock the Bells"
(7)
"I Need A Beat (Remix)"
(8)
All World: Greatest Hits track listing
"I Can't Live Without My Radio"
(1)
"Rock The Bells
(2)
"I'm Bad"
(3)

Rock the Bells is the third single from LL Cool J's debut album, Radio. It was released in 1985 for Def Jam Recordings, was written by LL Cool J and produced by Rick Rubin. It was the follow-up to I Can Give You More. Rock the Bells peaked at #17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Despite the song's title, no bells can be heard in the album recording. The original version of the song, riddled with bells of various types including a cowbell, is 7 minutes and 11 seconds long and was only released on 12 inch vinyl.

The song was later sampled by LL Cool J himself for his song "Mama Said Knock You Out", from his album of the same name. The intro was famously parodied by English footballer John Barnes for his 1988 single "Anfield Rap". The song also featured in the 2002 video game Mat Hoffman's Pro BMX 2 and the 2008 video game Skate It. The song was also used in the video game DJ Hero in which it was mixed with The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony".

Track listing[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  • "Rock the Bells"- 4:00

B-Side[edit]

  • "El Shabazz"- 3:24

12" Version[edit]

A-Side[edit]

  • "Rock the Bells"- 4:00

B-Side[edit]

  • "Rock the Bells (Original Version)"- 7:11