Here Comes the Hotstepper

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"Here Comes the Hotstepper"
Hotsteppercover.jpg
Single by Ini Kamoze
from the album Here Comes the Hotstepper
Released August 18, 1994
Genre
Length 4:13
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Ini Kamoze, Chris Kenner, Kenton Nix, Salaam Remi
Producer(s) Salaam Remi
Ini Kamoze singles chronology
"Hill And Gully Ride"
(1992)
"Here Comes the Hotstepper"
(1994)
"Listen Me Tic (Woyoi)"
(1995)

"Hill And Gully Ride"
(1992)
"Here Comes the Hotstepper"
(1994)
"Listen Me Tic (Woyoi)"
(1995)

"Here Comes the Hotstepper" is a song co-written and recorded by Jamaican dancehall artist Ini Kamoze. It was released as the lead single from his 1994 album Here Comes the Hotstepper. It is best known for its "na na na na na..." chorus sampled from the Cannibal & the Headhunters cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances".

The song was Kamoze's only song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, reaching the number one position on December 17, 1994 and remaining there for two weeks; it was also a number one hit in Denmark and New Zealand, and a top ten hit in twelve other countries.

Usages of music sampling[edit]

"Here Comes the Hotstepper" contains several samples, including vocals from "The Champ" by The Mohawks, "Hot Pants" by Bobby Byrd, and "La Di Da Di" by Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick.[1] The song's instrumental samples the drums and bass from "Heartbeat" by Taana Gardner and guitar notes from "Hung Up on My Baby" by Isaac Hayes. The song uses the "na na na na na..." chorus from the Cannibal & the Headhunters cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances," and the verse vocal melody is reminiscent of The Beatles' "Come Together".

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (heartical mix)
  2. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (allaam mix)
CD maxi - Europe (1994)
  1. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (heartical mix) – 4:13
  2. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (heartipella) – 4:15
  3. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (heartimental) – 4:13
  4. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (allaam mix) – 4:36
  5. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (allamental) – 4:37
  6. "Here Comes the Hotstepper" (LP version) – 4:09

Charts and sales[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ VRT Top 30 peak Archived 2012-04-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ Canadian peak
  8. ^ RPM: issue date January 23, 1995
  9. ^ Billboard 25 March 1995. Billboard. Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ Eurochart peak
  11. ^ Finnish peak
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  13. ^ "Musicline.de – Ini Kamoze Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ini Kamoze" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "Charts.nz – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". VG-lista.
  18. ^ Spanish peak
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". Singles Top 100.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
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  29. ^ 1995 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  30. ^ 1995 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived 2010-09-24 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  31. ^ "1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  32. ^ 1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  33. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2012-03-07 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved January 30, 2009)
  34. ^ "End of Year Charts 1995". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  35. ^ 1995 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 2012-03-23 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved August 7, 2008)
  36. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 2009-08-15. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  37. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  38. ^ Kent, David (2006). Australian Chart Book 1993-2005. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-45889-2. 
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  40. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Ini Kamoze; 'Here Comes the Hotstepper')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  41. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". Recorded Music NZ. 
  42. ^ "British single certifications – Ini Kamoze – Here Comes the Hotstepper". British Phonographic Industry.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Here Comes the Hotstepper in the search field and then press Enter.
  43. ^ "American single certifications – Kamoze, Ini – Here Comes the Hotstepper". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  44. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1994". Billboard. BPI Communications. 107 (3): 57. January 21, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 

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