"Bad Boys" is a 1987 song by the Jamaican reggae band Inner Circle, which obtained "high" popularity in the United States after its re-release in 1993, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the Top 40 Mainstream. It is well known as the opening theme to the U.S. TV show Cops.
The song was originally released in 1987 on the album One Way and obtained minor airplay and poor sales. However, in 1992, it was also included on the Bad to the Bone album, and the song was released as a single in 1993, after the unexpected success of their previous international hit single "Sweat (A La La La La Long)". "Bad Boys" reached number 52 in the United Kingdom and number 8 in the United States; in the latter territory, it was certified gold and sold 600,000 copies. The song was also released as B-side on Inner Circle's 1992 single "Sweat (A La La La La Long)". The song was also released as a single in mid-1991 in Norway; it peaked at number one for three weeks.
In the episode, "Diamonds Are for Roger" of the Nickelodeon sitcom, Kenan & Kel, Kel believes that Kenan's father, Roger is in fact the "Diamond Bandit", after looking at a police sketch of the aforementioned criminal on a television screen. This causes Kel to sing a parody of "Bad Boys" called "Bad Dad".
Wrigley's uses their version of the song for their advertising of Extra chewing gum, changing the line "What you gonna do" to "What you gonna chew".
In the Full House episode "Wrong-Way Tanner", Becky and the boys were singing and dancing to the song using Danny's kitchen supplies, and then Jesse joins in.
In the 2004 comedy movie, New York Minute, starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the character of Max Lomax (Eugene Levy) sings a parody of the song called, "Bad Girl", with the lyrics, "Bad girl, bad girl. What you gonna do? What you gonna do when I come for you?".