Eat It

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"Eat It"
Eat It Weird Al.jpg
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
"Weird Al" Yankovic singles chronology
"I Love Rocky Road"
"Eat It"
"King of Suede"
"I Love Rocky Road"
"Eat It"
"King of Suede"
Alternative covers
British single cover
British single cover
Japanese 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 spoof of "Beat It" by Michael Jackson. The track was both a commercial and critical success, earning Yankovic a Grammy Award. It peaked at #12 in the United States, and reached #1 in Australia. The famous guitar solo, performed by Eddie Van Halen, was reproduced by Al's producer, Rick Derringer.

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 song is about a parent's exasperating quest to get their picky child to eat its food.

The song also is notable for making product placement references to Cap'n Crunch and Raisin Bran breakfast cereals and Spam canned meat in the lyrics.


The single reached number 1 in Australia, and it was his highest-charting US 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]

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", but with elements being parodied in various silly ways and Yankovic dressed as the latter. The video also features a few of the same dancers from Jackson's video and Yankovic mimicking the dance moves from the original video in a clumsy manner.[5]

Jackson received royalties from Yankovic due to the strong similarities.[6]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart[7] 18
New Zealand Singles Chart[8] 6
UK Singles Chart 36
US Billboard Hot 100 12

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

External links[edit]

Eat It Official Video on YouTube