Jump to the Beat

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"Jump to the Beat"
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Single by Stacy Lattisaw
from the album Let Me Be Your Angel
B-side"You Don't Love Me Anymore"
ReleasedMay 13, 1980
GenreBoogie, new wave
LabelAtlantic, Cotillion
Songwriter(s)Narada Michael Walden, Lisa Walden
Producer(s)Narada Michael Walden
Stacy Lattisaw singles chronology
"When You're Young and in Love"
"Jump to the Beat"

"Jump to the Beat" is a song written by Narada Michael Walden and Lisa Walden. It was originally released by American singer Stacy Lattisaw in 1980 when it became a big hit in the UK, peaking at No. 3. It was later covered by Australian singer Dannii Minogue on her debut album, Love and Kisses in 1991.


Stacy Lattisaw was only 13 years old when "Jump to the Beat" was released in May 1980. Although it was not released as a North American single, therefore did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it reached No. 1 (along with another song "Dynamite!") on the Billboard dance charts.[1] Released in edited form as a single internationally, it became a big hit during the summer of 1980 in the UK, where it peaked at No. 3 in July.[2] It was to be her only major hit there although she continued to achieve success in the US with later singles. The song also performed well in Europe, hitting the charts in a number of countries. The song was included on Lattsaw's second album, Let Me Be Your Angel.


Chart performance for "Jump to the Beat" by Stacy Lattisaw
Chart (1980–1981) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop)[3] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[4] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[5] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 13
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[3] 15
UK Singles (OCC)[2] 3
US Hot Dance/Disco (Billboard)[1] 1
West Germany (Media Control Charts)[3] 38

Dannii Minogue version[edit]

"Jump to the Beat"
Single by Dannii Minogue
from the album Love and Kisses
ReleasedJuly 15, 1991 (1991-07-15)
  • Narada Michael Walden
  • Lisa Walden
Dannii Minogue Australian singles chronology
"I Don't Wanna Take This Pain"
"Jump to the Beat"
"Baby Love"
Dannii Minogue European singles chronology
"Jump to the Beat"
"Baby Love"
Music video
"Jump to the Beat" on YouTube

Australian singer Dannii Minogue released a cover of "Jump to the Beat" in 1991. Her version was produced by Les Adams, Emma Freilich (L.A. Mix) and Andy Whitmore and received a mixed reception from music critics. It was released as the third single from her debut album, Love and Kisses in the third quarter of 1991 and reached the top five in Ireland and the top ten in the United Kingdom, and became Minogue's second top ten single. In Australia, the song did not perform as well, charting outside the top forty. In North America, the single was released as Minogue's debut release in November 1991; however, it failed to generate much interest outside of the United Kingdom and Australia.

Critical reception[edit]

Matthew Hocter from Albumism noted that "with a clearer focus on that New Jack Swing sound" and the addition of some "heavy on house music" covers "Jump to the Beat" and "Baby Love", "the younger Minogue demonstrated that she had a very soulful approach to music."[6] John Lucas from AllMusic called the song "a fairly perfunctory cover".[7] Larry Flick from Billboard commented, "Kylie's younger sister bows with a hyper pop/house jam that is fueled with a fun, sing-along chorus and a groove that should easily rope in programmers at both club and crossover radio levels. Rap by Einstein is miscellaneous, while Minogue's chirpy voice endears."[8] Marc Andrews from Smash Hits wrote that the song is one of the "highlights" on the Love and Kisses album. He also described it as a "dance-fantastic single".[9]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single, directed by Australian film director, screenwriter and cinematographer Paul Goldman.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Jump to the Beat".

Note: "Jump to the Beat" is one of only two singles release by Minogue that did not receive a CD format release in the UK.

Official versions[edit]

  • "Jump to the Beat" (album version/LP edit/7" remix) – 4:04
  • "Jump to the Beat" (7" mix) – 3:36
  • "Jump to the Beat" (12" version/extended mix) – 6:30
  • "Jump to the Beat" (L.A. Master remix) – 4:35
  • "Jump to the Beat" (No rap version on "Love's on Every Corner" single)


The following people contributed to "Jump to the Beat":

  • Dannii Minogue – lead vocals
  • Colin "Einstein" Case – rap vocals[10]
  • Les Adams, Emma Freilich, Andy Whitmore – production
  • Phil Bodger – remix, additional production
  • Simon Fowler – photography


Chart performance for "Jump to the Beat" by Dannii Minogue
Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 48
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders) 44
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[12] 19
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 5
Luxembourg (Radio Luxembourg)[14] 5
UK Singles (OCC)[15] 8
UK Dance (Music Week)[16] 29


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 152.
  2. ^ a b Official UK Charts - Stacy Lattisaw
  3. ^ a b c d Jump to the Beat. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know".
  5. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 36, 1980" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved March 26, 2023.
  6. ^ Hocter, Matthew (2020-10-19). "Dannii Minogue's Debut Album 'Dannii' Turns 30: Anniversary Retrospective". Albumism. Retrieved 2020-11-17.
  7. ^ Lucas, John. "Dannii Minogue – Love and Kisses". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  8. ^ Flick, Larry (1991-10-26). "Single Reviews: New & Noteworthy" (PDF). Billboard. p. 83. Retrieved 2020-10-23.
  9. ^ Andrews, Marc (1991-05-29). "Review: LPs". Smash Hits. No. 326. p. 44. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  10. ^ "Discogs release notes". discogs.com. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  11. ^ "Discography Dannii Minogue" Archived 2009-09-05 at the Wayback Machine. Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved April 14, 2008.
  12. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 1991-08-17. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  13. ^ "Search Charts". IrishCharts.ie. Retrieved April 15, 2008.
  14. ^ Radio Luxembourg Singles, 4 August 1991
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Top 60 Dance Singles" (PDF). Music Week. 1991-07-27. p. 20. Retrieved 2020-09-28.