Centerfold (song)

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Single by The J. Geils Band
from the album Freeze Frame
B-side "Rage In the Cage"
Released September 13, 1981
Format Vinyl record (7")
Recorded 1980
Genre Electronic rock, new wave
Length 3:36
Label EMI America
Writer(s) Seth Justman
Producer(s) Seth Justman
The J. Geils Band singles chronology
"Night Time"

"Centerfold" is a single released by The J. Geils Band from their album Freeze Frame. The song is about a man who is shocked to discover that his high school crush appeared in a centerfold spread for a men's magazine.[1] The singer cannot decide between his disappointment due to her loss of innocence, or his lust.[1]

It was released in autumn 1981, and eventually went to Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982, and stayed there for six weeks. It was the first single released from the album Freeze Frame and was an early staple on MTV.

In February 1982, after the song hit #1 in the US, "Centerfold" peaked at number three in the UK Top 40, earning The J. Geils Band their only major hit single in the UK, although follow-up "Freeze-Frame" was a minor hit.

The song lists at #52 on Billboard's All Time Top Songs.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981–1983) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
UK Singles Chart 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Position
US Billboard Hot 100 5

Chart succession[edit]

Preceded by
"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" by Daryl Hall and John Oates
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 6 1982 - March 13 1982 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Love Rock 'n Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dean, M. (2003). Rock N Roll Gold Rush: A Singles Un-Cyclopedia. Algora. p. 330. ISBN 9780875862071. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Australia No. 1 hits -- 1980's". World Charts. Retrieved 15 June 2015.