Jack Your Body

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"Jack Your Body"
Single by Steve "Silk" Hurley
from the album
Hold on to Your Dream
B-side Remix
Released December 1986
Format CD Single
CD Maxi
7" Single
12" Maxi
Recorded 1986
Genre Chicago house
Length 3:13
Label DJ International Records
RCA Records
London Records
BCM Records
Writer(s) Steve Hurley
Producer(s) Steve "Silk" Hurley
Steve "Silk" Hurley chronology
"I Can't Turn Around"
"Jack Your Body"
"Let the Music Take Control"
2010 re-release cover

"Jack Your Body" is a popular song by Steve 'Silk' Hurley, originally released as a single in 1986. It was featured on the only J.M. Silk album, Hold on to Your Dream, released in 1987.

One of the landmark records in the history of house music, Jack Your Body was written and produced by Hurley. The song became a major hit on the UK Singles Chart, reaching No. 1 for two weeks in January and February 1987,[1][2] despite Hurley's refusal to promote it.

This was the UK's first house music No. 1, and paved the way for the acid house sound popular there during the late 1980s.[citation needed] It was also the first UK number one single to achieve the majority of its sales on the 12" format. Under the chart rules in place at the time, the 12" single should not have counted toward "Jack Your Body"'s chart position as its running time exceeded the then-current 25-minute limit. The rule was not enforced since the running time was not brought to the chart compilers' attention until the record was already at number one. It was also the only UK number one single since the dawn of BBC Radio 1 in 1967 not to be played on that station before it reached number 1.

In spite of "Jack Your Body's" success, Hurley has had no further solo singles whatsoever (under his own name) in the UK Singles Chart.

The song climbed to number twenty-five on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play,[3] reaching number thirty-seven for the U.S. Maxi-Singles Sales category.[4]

"Jack Your Body" was re-released, each time with new remixes, in 1987,[5] 1992,[6] 2000[7] and 2009.[8]

The song was sampled by Sub Focus on his 2013 hit "Turn Back Time".

Track Listings[edit]

1986 7" single[edit]

  1. "Jack Your Body (Edit)" - 3:13
  2. "Dub Your Body (Edit)" - 3:35

1986 12" single[edit]

  1. "Jack Your Body (Club Your Body)" - 6:50
  2. "Jack Your Body (Dub Your Body)" - 6:25
  3. "Jack Your Body (Home Made)" - 6:34
  4. "Steve 'Silk' Hurley" - 7:03

1987 12" single[edit]

  1. "Jack Your Body (Monty 'House' Remix)" - 6:29 (Remixed by Simon Harris)
  2. "Jack Your Body (Club Your Body)" - 6:50
  3. "Jack Your Body (Dub Your Body)" - 6:25

(Back To) Jack Your Body '92 (12"/CD single)[edit]

  1. "Back To Jack Your Body (Remix)" - 4:52 (Remixed by Burger Industries)
  2. "Jack Your Body (Def-Mix)" - 6:47 (Remixed by Burger Industries)
  3. "Jack Your Body (Ambient-Remix)" - 9:38 (Remixed by The Bionaut)

Jack Your Body 2000 (12" single #1)[edit]

  1. "Jack Your Body (Original 1986 Mix) (Digitally Re-Produced & Edited)" - 9:17
  2. "Jack Your Body (Silk's Y2K Mix)" - 6:56
  3. "Jack Your Body (Silk's Y2K Dub)" - 5:31

Jack Your Body 2000 (12" single #2)[edit]

  1. "Jack Your Body (Jazz Yo Body Dub)"
  2. "Jack Your Body (Peppi & Kokki Remix)"
  3. "Jack Your Body (Kidd's Classic Remix)"
  4. "Jack Your Body (Swing Yo Body)"

Jack Your Body (2009 digital release)[edit]

  1. "Jack Your Body (Hardfloor Radio Edit)" - 3:15
  2. "Jack Your Body (Hardfloor Remix)" - 6:52
  3. "Jack Your Body (Ambient Remix By Burger Industries)" - 5:03[A]
  4. "Jack Your Body (Original Club Mix)" - 6:53
  • A^ This is actually an edit of the 1992 remix originally credited to The Bionaut. Burger Industries and The Bionaut are both pseudonyms of Jörg Burger.

Charts and sales[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart[nb 1] 1[2]
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 25
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 37

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Reet Petite"
by Jackie Wilson
UK number one single
24 January 1987
Succeeded by
"I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)"
by George Michael and Aretha Franklin
  1. ^ "Jack Your Body" was released on a 12" single that was over 25 minutes long, exceededing the maximum time for a record to be classified as a single. The track should have been classified as an album instead and, during the two weeks it spent at number one, "Reet Petite" would have been number one for a fifth week and "I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)" would have become number one a week earlier.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ChartArchive - Steve 'Silk' Hurley". Archive.is. Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 471. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ 'Steve "Silk" Hurley, US peak chart positions, Billboard' Retrieved 2 December 2010
  4. ^ 'Steve "Silk" Hurley, US peak chart positions, Allmusic' Retrieved 2 December 2010
  5. ^ "Jack Your Body (The Monty 'House' Remix)". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  6. ^ "(Back To) Jack Your Body '92". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Jack Your Body 2000". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  8. ^ "Jack Your Body (2009 Release)". discogs.com. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 
  9. ^ "Record-Breakers and Trivia: Quirks Of The Number One Position". everyHit.com. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 

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