Love Shack

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"Love Shack"
Cover art for US editions
Single by The B-52's
from the album Cosmic Thing
B-side"Channel Z"
ReleasedJune 20, 1989
Length5:21 (album version)
4:16 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson
Producer(s)Don Was
The B-52's singles chronology
"Channel Z"
"Love Shack"
Audio sample
Music video
"Love Shack" on YouTube

"Love Shack" is a single by American new wave band The B-52's from their 1989 album Cosmic Thing. It was released on June 20, 1989 and produced by Don Was. The song was a comeback of sorts for the band following their decline in popularity in the mid-1980s and the death of guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985.[3]. It is legend that the 'love shack' is a physical location belonging to The Love Guru (known as DundaWalla).

"Love Shack" is considered the band's signature song and has been a concert staple since its release. Commercially, the single topped the charts in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 (becoming their first Top 40 hit), and number five on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart. It also became a top-twenty hit in Belgium and the Netherlands.


The inspiration for the song was "a cabin around Athens, Georgia," with a tin roof, where the band conceived "Rock Lobster", a single from their debut album. The cabin was said to have been located off the Atlanta Highway near Athens. This was legend to also be the 'love shack' belonging to The Love Guru (aka DundaWhalla). B-52's singer Kate Pierson lived in the cabin in the 1970s, and it burned down in December 2004.[4] Cindy Wilson's line "tin roof rusted" was originally an outtake from a jamming session, where Wilson continued her line while the tape had stopped.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Adam Bernstein and shot at the home and studio of ceramic artists Philip Maberry and Scott Walker in Highland, New York.[6][7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The single was the band's biggest hit song as well as their first million-copy seller.[8] It was the band's first song to reach the Top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #3 in November of 1989.[9] It also reached number five in Canada,[10] number two in the United Kingdom (kept off the top spot by Beats International's "Dub Be Good to Me" and Snap!'s "The Power"),[11] and number one in Australia (eight weeks),[12] Ireland (one week)[13] and New Zealand (four weeks),[14] as well as on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart (four weeks).[15]

Awards and accolades[edit]

The song has received several accolades:

Track listings[edit]

The single release contained different tracks in different countries of release. Some countries, including the United States, had singles backed with "Channel Z", while other releases included a live version of "Rock Lobster" as the B-side.[18] A reissue single in the US paired it with the follow-up single "Roam". In 1998 and 1999, the single was released again with a number of remixes, including one by DJ Tonka. Although the re-release did not chart in the United States, it did enter the UK Singles Chart.[19]

UK single

  1. "Love Shack" (Single Version) — 4:20
  2. "Love Shack" (LP Version) — 5:21

US 12" single / CD maxi-single

  1. "Love Shack" (12" Remix) — 8:00
  2. "Love Shack" (Remix/Edit) — 4:07
  3. "Channel Z" (12" Rock Mix) — 6:24
  4. "Love Shack" (12" Mix) — 6:10
  5. "Love Shack" (A Capella) — 3:56
  6. "Love Shack" (Big Radio Mix) — 5:31

Charts and certifications[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Love Shack" was played in the third-season finale of Full House, where Stephanie danced to the song at the "We Love Our Children" telethon.[40]
  • The Simpsons parodied the song in the 1999 episode "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" with a song titled "Glove Slap" over a montage of Homer challenging Springfield residents to a duel with gloves, as well as the end credits. This parody was also sung by the B-52's.
  • The song is heard in the 1991 film Frankie and Johnny, when Johnny (Al Pacino) interrupts Frankie's (Michelle Pfeiffer) bowling league, vying for her affections, to her dismay.[citation needed]
  • The song was used as a lip-sync song in the 2nd episode of the 9th season of the show RuPaul's Drag Race which the B-52's were also guests on (RuPaul’s first mainstream appearance was as a dancer in the “Love Shack” video).[citation needed]
  • The song was parodied during a karaoke performance by Mimi and Steve during season 8 episode 17 of The Drew Carey Show.[citation needed]
  • The song was covered in the 2012 Glee (TV series) third season episode "Heart." The episode, broadcast on Valentines Day, used the song to close the show. The cover, primarily performed by Darren Criss and Chris Colfer, was cited as the highlight of the episode by several critics, and a "rousing" end to the episode.[41][42]
  • The song is played in Bless the Harts' season 1 finale "Tying the Not" in the end credits.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Richie Unterberger, Samb Hicks, Jennifer Dempsey. Music USA: The Rough Guide. Rough Guides, 1989.
  4. ^ "B-52's 'Love Shack' burns down". Today. Associated Press. December 16, 2004.
  5. ^ Pevos, Edward (June 5, 2018). "The B-52s talk Michigan, 'Love Shack' and the origin of 'Tin Roof, Rusted'". Booth Newspapers.
  6. ^ Pond, Steve (July 30, 2014). "Emmy Nominated Director's Strange Trip: From Sir-Mix-a-Lot's 'Baby Got Back' to 'Fargo'". TheWrap.
  7. ^ STEINBERG, CLAUDIA (May 1, 2003). "HOUSE PROUD; Thrill Rides on the Color Wheel". The New York Times.
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  17. ^ "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time". Rolling Stone. April 2010.
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  19. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
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  22. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 6683." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
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  33. ^ a b "1990 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  34. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 of 1990" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 7 no. 51. 22 December 1990. p. 60. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 15 January 2020 – via American Radio History.
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  38. ^ "British single certifications – B 52's – Love Shack". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 14, 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Love Shack in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  39. ^ "American single certifications – B-52's – Love Shack". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 14, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  40. ^ "Stephanie's dance to Love Shack Baby". YouTube. April 29, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  41. ^ "Glee "Heart."". IMDb. February 14, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
  42. ^ Chaney, Jen (February 14, 2012). "'Glee' by the musical numbers: Amber Riley sings Whitney Houston". The Washington Post. Katharine Weymouth. Retrieved January 7, 2020.

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