Pump It

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"Pump It"
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Single by The Black Eyed Peas
from the album Monkey Business
ReleasedJanuary 17, 2006
FormatCD single, digital download
Length3:35 (Single Version/Radio Edit)
3:33 (Album Version)
LabelA&M, will.i.am
Songwriter(s)William Adams, Allan Pineda, Stacy Ferguson, Nicholas Roubanis, Thomas Van Musser
The Black Eyed Peas singles chronology
"My Humps"
"Pump It"
"Boom Boom Pow"

"Pump It" is a 2005 song by The Black Eyed Peas. It was released as the fourth and final single from The Black Eyed Peas' 2005 album Monkey Business. This song was also remixed for the deluxe edition of the group's fifth studio album The E.N.D as "Pump It Harder". "Pump It" heavily incorporates music from Dick Dale's 1962 surf version of the song "Misirlou" (known by many for being featured in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction).


"I was in Brazil doing some CD," The Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am recalls. "I came across this compilation [disk] and I thought it was one thing but it turned out to be something else. The Dick Dale song Miserlou was on it. At first, I was angry this isn't what I wanted to buy," he laughs. "But then, really, that song is hot. I said, 'We should do a song like this.' I jump-started the computer and made some beats on the train. Then we had to fly to Tokyo and I tightened up the beat on the plane. Then I recorded vocals in this park in Tokyo, and that's how we recorded the song 'Pump It'."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Pump It" features The Black Eyed Peas competing and fighting with a gang of unidentified people in a basement. It is the second highest viewed video by The Black Eyed Peas only surpassed by The Time (Dirty Bit).

Chart performance[edit]

Before the single was officially released, the song peaked at number 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2005. This was mainly based on digital download strength due to exposure in the Best Buy ads. After its official airplay release, it peaked at number 18 in March 2006. The single was released to stores in the United States on February 14, 2006 and in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2006.

This single, compared to others Monkey Business singles performance on US charts, is the lowest ranking single from the album.

The song reached higher spots on charts in other countries. In New Zealand, "Pump It" debuted at number 19 on March 13, 2006. It jumped to number 2 the following week, where it peaked. It became their 4th consecutive top 5 hit from "Monkey Business" in this country, after "Don't Phunk With My Heart" and "My Humps" reached number 1, and "Don't Lie" peaking at number 5. Also, it is their 9th consecutive top 10 hit, after all of their singles from "Elephunk" reached the top 10, (including #1's "Where Is The Love?" and "Shut Up!". and earlier single "Request + Line", which peaked at number 10. Amazingly, this expanded to 11 top 10 hits for the band with the release of the 3 consecutive top 3 singles "Boom Boom Pow" (#2), " I Gotta Feeling" (#1) and "Meet Me Halfway" (#3) from the future album "The E.N.D". The streak broke when next single "Rock That Body" only managed to peak at number 16. They then had another 3 consecutive top 10 hits with "The Time (Dirty Bit)" (another #1 hit in the country), "Just Can't Get Enough" (#4), and "Don't Stop The Party" (#9) from the 2010 album The Beginning. In Australia, the song peaked at number 6. The song was also popular in the United Kingdom, becoming their 8th hit single there. "Pump It" peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart - only 5 sales behind the #2 song that week "It's Chico Time"[2], matching the chart success of previous single "My Humps". It was the first song ever to make the UK Top 40 on sales of downloads alone.

Use in sports[edit]

The song was played before Edmonton Oilers home playoff games during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rexall Place (now Northlands Coliseum).[3]

Official versions[edit]

  • "Pump It" - 3:35
  • "Pump It" (Album Version) - 3:33
  • "Pump It" (Radio Edit) - 3:35

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (2006) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 14
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 11
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 47
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[9] 2
Denmark Airplay (Tracklisten)[10] 20
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 12
France (SNEP)[12] 13
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 19
Greece (IFPI) 1
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[14] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 3
Italy (FIMI)[16] 5
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 34
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 18
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[23] 11
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[24] 35


Country Sales
Brazil 20,00[25]
United Kingdom 200,000+ [26]
United States 1,390,000


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  2. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/photo-finish-close-races-for-number-1-on-the-official-singles-chart__22356/
  3. ^ Jes Martin (2012-05-13), NHL 2006, Game 6 - Carolina Hurricanes vs Edmonton Oilers, retrieved 2017-05-09
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Black Eyed Peas Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200626 into search.
  10. ^ "Hitlisten.NU – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It" (in Danish). Tracklisten.
  11. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas: Pump It" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Musicline.de – The Black Eyed Peas Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  15. ^ "Chart Track: Week 12, 2006". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Italiancharts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It". Top Digital Download.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It". Singles Top 100.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Pump It". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Black Eyed Peas: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ "Black Eyed Peas Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Black Eyed Peas Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Black Eyed Peas Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  25. ^ http://pro-musicabr.org.br/home/certificados/?busca_artista=black+eyed+peas
  26. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certified-awards.aspx

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