Push It (Salt-n-Pepa song)

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"Push It"
Push It (Remix) by Salt-n-Pepa US vinyl single.png
A-side label of U.S. vinyl single
Single by Salt-n-Pepa
from the album Hot, Cool & Vicious
B-side "I Am Down"
Released March 8, 1987
Format 12" vinyl
Recorded 1986
Genre Rap
Length 3:28 (UK radio edit)
4:30 (album version)
Producer(s) Hurby Azor
Salt-n-Pepa singles chronology
"Push It"
"Chick on the Side"

"Push It"
"Chick on the Side"
Audio sample
Music video
"Push It" on YouTube
Alternative cover
Push It by Salt-N-Pepa single cover.jpg

"Push It" is a song by the group Salt-n-Pepa. It was released as the B-side of the "Tramp" single in 1987, and as its own single in 1988. It peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1988 and, after initially peaking at number 41 in the UK, it re-entered the charts after the group performed the track at Nelson Mandela's 70th birthday concert, eventually peaking at number two that summer. The song has also been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song is ranked number 446 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was ranked number nine on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[1]

Release history[edit]

The original version of "Push It" was first released as the B-side to the 12" single "Tramp" in 1987. The corresponding 7" single contained a "Mixx-It" remix by San Francisco DJ and producer Cameron Paul; this was the radio version that gave the group its first mainstream hit. It advanced into the Billboard Top 40 the week of December 26, 1987, eventually reaching its peak of number 19 the week of February 20, 1988. It also ties with "Let's Talk About Sex" as the group's highest-charting UK hit, with both peaking at number two in that country.

The original 1986 editions of the album Hot, Cool & Vicious did not contain "Push It". When the Cameron Paul remix of "Push It" became a radio hit, the album was reissued with the "Push It" remix added, along with the original versions of "Tramp" and "Chick on the Side" replaced by remixes.


The song quotes a line from "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks, with the word "girl" replaced with "boy": "Boy, you really got me goin'/You got me so I don't know what I'm doin'." It also quotes "Pick up on this" from "I'm a Greedy Man" and "There it is" from "There It Is", both by James Brown. The whispered "Push it" is sampled from a 1977 recording called "Keep on Pushin'" by the band Coal Kitchen.

Recognition and sales[edit]

"Push It" was nominated for a Grammy Award, and the strength of that single catapulted the reissued Hot, Cool and Vicious album to platinum sales in the US with one million sold, making Salt-n-Pepa the first female rap act (group or solo) to go gold or platinum. The album ultimately sold 1.3 million copies worldwide.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Push It" features a concert performance of the song, along with DJ Spinderella and Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor on keyboards and backing vocals.

All mixes[edit]

  • "Push It" (UK Radio Edit) – 3:28 – Edited version of the 7" Remix. Is usually the version played on radio stations in the UK. Also known as the U.S. Remix in America.
  • "Push It" – 4:12 – B-side of "Tramp" 12" single
  • "Push It (Instrumental)" – 4:12 – B-side of "Tramp" 12" single
  • "Push It (Mixx-It Remix)" – 4:28 – B-side of "Tramp" 7" single; also known as Album Version, Remix, 7" Remix, Full-Length Remix, Radio Edit
  • "Push It (U.S. Remix)" – 3:29 – 1988 Europe/Australasia-only edited version of Mixx-It Remix
  • "Push It (The Shuv'd Mix)" – 5:06 – 1988 UK-only remix; also known as UK Mix