Centipede (song)

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Single by Rebbie Jackson
from the album Centipede
Released September 11, 1984 (1984-09-11)
Recorded 1983
Length 4:25
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Michael Jackson
Producer(s) Michael Jackson
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Rebbie Jackson singles chronology
"A Fork in the Road"
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Don't Stand Another Chance"
"We Are the World"

"Centipede" is the debut single by American singer Rebbie Jackson and the title track from her debut album, Centipede.


The song was written and produced by Jackson's brother Michael Jackson. He and The Weather Girls also sing backing vocals on the song. It is Rebbie Jackson's only single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 and is her best remembered song.

The song was later re-released on The Rebbie Jackson Collection and the original 12" version was included on her 1998 comeback album Yours Faithfully. The single includes an extended mix and an instrumental version.

On the back of the single, Michael Jackson dedicated the song "to my mannequin friends".

"Centipede" was sampled in Brand Nubian's song "Let's Dance", found on their 1998 album Foundation.

Release and reception[edit]

Released in the late summer of 1984, the single climbed high on the Billboard R&B charts, peaking at #4 there and peaking at #24 in the main Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was Jackson's highest charting single to date and her only single to enter the Hot 100, although she had several more hits on the R&B chart throughout the decade. The single was Gold-certified by the RIAA, selling over a million copies in the USA.[1]


Chart (1984) Peak
Billboard Hot R&B Songs 4
Billboard Hot 100 24
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 29



  1. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum certification". BMI. 5 October 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2016.