Move On Up

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"Move On Up"
Single by Curtis Mayfield
from the album Curtis
B-side Brother of Mine
Give It Up
Released 1971
Format 7" Maxi single
Genre Funk, soul
Label Buddah
Writer(s) Curtis Mayfield
Producer(s) Curtis Mayfield

"Move On Up" is a song by Curtis Mayfield from his 1970 debut album Curtis. Nearly 9 minutes long in its album version, it was released as a single in the United States (Curtom 1974), but failed to chart. An edited version of the song spent 10 weeks in the top 50 of the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #12 and it has become a soul music classic over the years.[1][2]

In popular culture and covers[edit]

In 1979, disco trio, Destination, recorded a mashup, incorporating "Keep on Pushing", a 1964 hit by The Impressions, also written by Mayfield. Along with the tracks, "Up Up Up" and "Destination's Theme, "Move On Up", hit number one on the disco chart for four weeks.[3] It peaked at number sixty-eight on the soul singles chart.[4]

It is a common opening theme by English Premier League side Arsenal.[5][dead link]

It is featured in 2002 film Bend It like Beckham and in the sixth episode entitled 'Margin of Error' of the fourth season of The Wire.

It is featured in 1974 film The Groove Tube as the Title credits theme song.

The song's horn section is sampled in the song Touch the Sky by the hip-hop artist Kanye West.

The song is in a radio station in the video game Watch Dogs

The song is occasionally covered during live performances by The Bright Light Social Hour.[6]


  1. ^ Warwick, Neil; Jon Kutner; Tony Brown (2004). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 713. ISBN 1-84449-058-0. 
  2. ^ "Search for UK Singles - 1952-2009". Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  3. ^ Joel Whitburn's, Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003, 2004
  4. ^ Joel Whitburn's Presents Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004, 2004
  5. ^ "Move On Up". Retrieved 2014-04-27. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Bright Light Social Hour Celebrate Album Release at Stubb's BBQ (REVIEW)". Retrieved 2015-06-15. 

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Preceded by
"Come to Me" / "Don't Stop Dancing" / "Playboy" by France Joli
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
(Destination version with "Up Up Up"/"Destination's Theme")

October 13, 1979 - November 3, 1979
Succeeded by
"Harmony" by Suzi Lane