Eat It

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This article is about the song. For the Humble Pie album, see Eat It (Humble Pie album). For the "Weird Al" Yankovic compilation album, see Eat It ("Weird Al" Yankovic album).
"Eat It"
Single by "Weird Al" Yankovic
from the album "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D
B-side "That Boy Could Dance"
Released February 28, 1984
Format 7", 12"
Recorded December 13, 1983
Length 3:19
Label Scotti Brothers
Producer(s) Rick Derringer
Certification Gold (RIAA)
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"I Love Rocky Road"
"Eat It"
"King of Suede"
Alternative covers
British single cover
Japanese single cover
"Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D track listing
  1. "Eat It"
  2. "Midnight Star"
  3. "The Brady Bunch"
  4. "Buy Me a Condo"
  5. "I Lost on Jeopardy"
  6. "Polkas on 45"
  7. "Mr. Popeil"
  8. "King of Suede"
  9. "That Boy Could Dance"
  10. "Theme from Rocky XIII (The Rye or the Kaiser)"
  11. "Nature Trail to Hell"

"Eat It" is a 1984 song by comedy music artist "Weird Al" Yankovic. It is a parody of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. The track was both a commercial and critical success, earning Yankovic a Grammy Award.

According to Yankovic, when he presented his lyrics to Jackson for review, he didn't know what kind of reaction he'd get. Jackson allegedly thought it was amusing, and agreed to allow the parody.[1] On October 19, 1989, the RIAA certified "Eat It" as a gold single.[2]


The single reached number 1 in Australia, and it was his highest-charting U.S. single on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 12 until "White & Nerdy" peaked at number 9 in October 2006.[3] "Eat It" earned Yankovic a 1984 Grammy Award in the Best Comedy Recording category.[4] "Eat It" also outranked "Beat It" in overall highest position on the Australian Aria Charts, with its highest rank being number 1, while "Beat It"'s highest is 3rd. As stated before, the RIAA certified "Eat It" as a gold single on October 19, 1989.[2] On the U.S. Cash Box Top 100, "Eat It" spent two weeks at number four,[5] and was the 44th biggest hit of 1984.[6]

Track listing[edit]

1984 release[edit]

  1. "Eat It" – 3:19
  2. "That Boy Could Dance" – 3:32

1985/1993 re-release[edit]

  1. "Eat It" – 3:19
  2. "I Lost on Jeopardy" – 3:26

Music video[edit]

The video for "Eat It" is styled as a shot-for-shot remake of Jackson's video for "Beat It", featuring the same actors and using the same sets, but with elements being parodied in various silly ways. For example, one man grabs his girlfriend by the head and swings her back to kiss her, and her head comes off; two rival gang members brandish a spoon and fork at one another during the song's bridge, then begin to fight over a rubber chicken as the solo guitarist's instrument explodes in his hands.[7]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart[8] 18
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 6
UK Singles Chart 36
US Billboard Hot 100 12
US Cash Box [10] 4

See also[edit]


Preceded by
"99 Luftballons" by Nena
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
May 7, 1984
Succeeded by
"Footloose" by Kenny Loggins