King of Rock (song)

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"King of Rock"
Single by Run–D.M.C.
from the album King of Rock
B-side"King of Rock (instrumental)"
ReleasedJanuary 15, 1985
GenreRap rock
LabelProfile, 4th & B'way Records
Songwriter(s)D. McDaniels, J. Mizel, J. Simmons, L. Smith, R. Simmons
Producer(s)Larry Smith, Russell Simmons, Roddey Hui
Run–D.M.C. singles chronology
"30 Days"
"King of Rock"
"You Talk Too Much"

"King of Rock" is a 1985 single by Run–D.M.C. and the title track from their album King of Rock. It was featured on the video games Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Thrasher: Skate and Destroy, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and is a downloadable track on Rock Band 3. The song was performed by the group at the 1985 Live Aid concert. Eddie Martinez is the song's lead guitarist and appears in the video.

Cash Box said that the song is "in the traditional boasting rap themes which touches on humor and raw social critique and makes Run D.M.C. one of the few rap groups which can transcend its original trappings."[1]

The music video featured Calvert DeForest as a security guard.

Cover versions[edit]

In 1996, the song was covered by Institute of Technology for the electro-industrial various artists compilation Operation Beatbox.[2]

References in popular culture[edit]

  • "King of Rock" is heard in the 2010 movie Cop Out.
  • The song is featured in the film Ready To Rumble as Jimmy King's entrance theme.
  • The Beastie Boys' song "Putting Shame In Your Game" from the album Hello Nasty includes the lyrics "I'm the king of Boggle, there is none higher/I get eleven points from the word quagmire", a reference to the opening lines of "King of Rock."

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" - Profile (US)
  1. "King of Rock" – 4:38
  2. "King of Rock (Instrumental)" – 4:10
  • 12" - Profile (US)
  1. "King of Rock" – 6:15
  2. "King of Rock (Instrumental)" – 6:34


Chart (1985) Peak
UK Singles Chart[3] 80
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 8
US Billboard Hot Black Singles[4] 14
US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles[4] 40


  1. ^ "Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. February 2, 1985. p. 7. Retrieved 2022-07-26.
  2. ^ Christian, Chris (August 1996). "Various Artists: Operation Beatbox". Sonic Boom. 4 (7). Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  3. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Run–D.M.C. discography". The Official Charts Company. 6 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Run-D.M.C. Chart Positions". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2010.