Jungle Fever (song)

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"Jungle Fever"
Song by The Chakachas
Released 1971
Length 4:20
Writer(s) Bill Ador
Producer(s) Polydor Records
Awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A.

"Jungle Fever" is a 1971[1] song performed by Belgian group The Chakachas, written by Bill Ador and issued by Polydor Records. The song reached #8 in the 1972 United States Billboard Hot 100 [2] and peaked at #29 in the United Kingdom. "Jungle Fever" was banned by the BBC, who took exception to the song's heavy breathing and moaning.[3] The song was a greater success in America, selling over one million copies [4] and being awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in March 1972. Billboard ranked it as the No. 51 song for 1972.[5]

In other media[edit]

"Jungle Fever" was featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights [6] as well as the 2004 videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on the fictional radio station Master Sounds 98.3.[7] As a result of featuring in Boogie Nights, the song was included on the film's soundtrack album, Boogie Nights: Music from the Original Motion Picture. "Jungle Fever" was also included in the 2000 comedy film Next Friday and the September 2005 release Just Like Heaven.


A snippet of the moan was double-tracked and used in the 1972 novelty break-in record, "Convention '72" by The Delegates. In addition, "Jungle Fever" has been often sampled in hip-hop,[8] including by Miami rap group 2 Live Crew in their track "Put Her in the Buck", which was featured on their 1989 album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.