Let's Twist Again

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"Let's Twist Again"
Let's Twist Again.jpg
Single by Chubby Checker
B-side"Everything's Gonna' Be All Right"
ReleasedJune 19, 1961
Format7", 45 rpm
GenreRock and roll
LabelParkway 824n
Songwriter(s)Kal Mann, Dave Appell
Producer(s)Kal Mann
Chubby Checker singles chronology
"The Mess Around"
"Let's Twist Again"
"The Fly"

"Let's Twist Again" is a song written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell, and released as a single by Chubby Checker. One of the biggest hit singles of 1961, it reached No.8 on the U.S. Billboard pop chart (No.3 on Cash Box) in August of that year and subsequently reached No.2 in the U.K. in February 1962. The song refers to the Twist dance craze and Checker's 1960 single "The Twist", a two-time U.S. No.1 single (in September 1960 and again in January 1962 on re-release). the song is noted for Checker's 2 spoken monologues: The first takes place in the introduction:. "Come on everybody, Clap your hands, Are you lookin' good? I'm gonna sing my song, It won't take long, We're gonna do the Twist, and it goes like this". The second monologue involves A dialogue between Checker and his backup singers, which occurs in the instrumental section of the song:. "Who's that flyin' up there? Is it a bird?" "No", "Is it a plane?" "No", "Is it the Twister?" "Yeagh!!!".

The song received the 1962 Grammy Award for Best Rock & Roll Recording. Checker also recorded the song in German as "Der Twist Beginnt" and in Italian as "Balliamo il Twist". A sample of "Der Twist Beginnt" would later be used by The Residents to begin their 1976 album The Third Reich 'n Roll. The song appears on the soundtrack of the 2011 film The Help.[1]

Croatian singer Tatjana Cameron Tajči made a remake of the song in Croatian renaming it Moj mali je opasan. In 1985, Kids Incorporated covered "Let's Twist Again" in the Season 2 episode "Rock of Ages".[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1961–1962) Peak
Belgium Singles Chart[3] 1
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 1
French Singles Chart[5] 18
German Singles Chart[6] 12
Italian Singles Chart[7] 3
Norwegian Singles Chart[8] 2
United Kingdom (Record Retailer)[9] 2
United Kingdom (NME)[10] 1
United States Billboard Hot 100[11] 8
United States Cash Box Top 100[12] 3
US Hot R&B Singles[11] 26
Chart (1976) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[13] 11
Belgium Singles Chart[3] 1
Dutch Singles Chart[4] 3
Ireland Singles Chart[14] 11
Norwegian Singles Chart[8] 5
Swedish Singles Chart[15] 10
Chart (2012) Peak
French Singles Chart[16] 155

Johnny Hallyday version (in French)[edit]

"Viens danser le twist"
Single by Johnny Hallyday
from the album Viens danser le Twist
Released1961 (1961) (France, Belgium)
Johnny Hallyday singles chronology
"Nous quand on s'embrasse"
"Viens danser le twist"
"Retiens la nuit" / "Ya ya twist"

The song was covered in French by Johnny Hallyday. His version (titled "Viens danser le twist") was released in 1961 and spent seven weeks in total at no. 1 on the singles sales chart in France (from 13 November to 13 December 1961 and from 13 January to 9 February 1962).[17] In Wallonia (French Belgium) his single spent 40 weeks on the chart, also peaking at number 1.[18]


Chart (1961–1962) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[18] 1
France (singles sales)[17] 1
Chart (2000) Peak
France (SNEP)[19] 40

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Help (Music From the Motion Picture)". Amazon.com. July 26, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2012.
  2. ^ Kids Incorporated – Let's Twist Again (1985)
  3. ^ a b "Let's twist again in Belgian Chart". Ultratop and Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2013. cf. "chartrun" for more details
  4. ^ a b "Let's twist again in Netherlands Chart". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 June 2013. cf. weeks on chart for more details
  5. ^ Dominic DURAND / InfoDisc. "Let's twist again in French Chart". Archived from the original on February 17, 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2013. You have to use the index at the top of the page and search "Chubby Checker"
  6. ^ "Let's twist again in German Chart". Media control. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  7. ^ "The best-selling singles of 1962 in Italy". HitParadeItalia (it). Retrieved 14 June 2013.
    15. Let's twist again – Chubby Checker [#3, 1961/62]
  8. ^ a b Hung Medien. "Let's twist again in Norwegian Chart". Retrieved 14 June 2013. cf. weeks on chart for more details
  9. ^ "Artist Chart History Details: Chubby Checker". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
  10. ^ Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Osborne, Roger (1995). Forty Years of "NME" Charts (2nd ed.). Pan Macmillan. p. 110. ISBN 0-7522-0829-2.
  11. ^ a b "Chubby Checker awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  12. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles week ending August 5, 1961". Randy Price. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  13. ^ Hung Medien. "Let's twist again in Austrian Chart". Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Let's twist again in Irish Chart". IRMA. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2013. Only one result when searching "Let's twist again"
  15. ^ Hung Medien. "Let's twist again in Swedish Chart". Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  16. ^ Hung Medien. "Let's twist again in French Chart". Retrieved 14 June 2013.
  17. ^ a b "Viens danser le Twist - Johnny Hallyday - Hit-Parade.net". Retrieved 2017-11-13.
  18. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Johnny Hallyday – Viens danser le twist" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  19. ^ "Lescharts.com – Johnny Hallyday – Viens danser le twist" (in French). Les classement single.

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