Rise (instrumental)

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Single by Herb Alpert
from the album Rise
B-side"Aranjuez (Mon Amor)"
ReleasedJuly 20, 1979
GenrePost-disco, jazz-funk
Length7:40 (album version)
3:50 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Andy Armer, Randy Alpert
Producer(s)Herb Alpert, Randy Alpert

"Rise" is an instrumental written by Andy Armer and Randy 'Badazz' Alpert, and first recorded by trumpeter Herb Alpert. The instrumental track was included on Alpert's solo album Rise and released as a single in 1979. It reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October of that year and remained in the top position for two weeks. Herb Alpert thus became the second artist to reach the top of the Hot 100 with a vocal performance ("This Guy's in Love with You", 1968) as well as an instrumental performance. "Rise" was also successful on other charts, peaking at number four on the R&B chart,[1] number 17 on the disco chart [2] and spending one week atop the adult contemporary chart.[3] The recording also received a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.[4] Songwriters Andy Armer and Randy 'Badazz' Alpert were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.[4]

The song was originally recorded as an uptempo dance number; however, while recording the master at A&M studios, the drummer on the session, Steve Schaeffer, strongly suggested that Herb, Andy and Randy try slowing the tempo down to 100bpm.

In October 2016 the "Rise Remix EP" was released on the Herb Alpert Presents label. It has 7 selections with 6 remixes of varying lengths as well as the original track.



Chart (1979–80) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[5] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 1
Year-end chart (1979) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[7] 80
Year-end chart (1980) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[8] 54

All-time charts[edit]

Chart (1958–2018) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 544

Covers and samples[edit]

In film and television[edit]

  • Shortly after the song was released in 1979, it was used in the American soap opera General Hospital during a pivotal time in the developing romance of Luke and Laura.
  • Also in 1979, the song was used in the Vanessa Del Rio's porn film Nurses Are Coming.
  • The song was also used in the 1980 episode "Hotel Oceanview" on WKRP In Cincinnati.
  • The song was also used in the 1981 Bollywood movie Yaarana.
  • The song was also used in the 2018 Netflix drama Maniac, specifically in episode 4 - Furs by Sebastian.
  • In 2019, the song made an appearance in an episode of American Horror Story: 1984.
  • In 2020, the song made an appearance in a French film from Gaumont and Netflix called "La vie scolaire", 2019.[10]
  • In 2022, the song was used in the end credits of Netflix movie Spiderhead.[11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 29.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 19.
  3. ^ "Herb Alpert Chart History: Adult Contemporary". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Grammy Award Nominees 1980 – Grammy Award Winners 1980". Awardsandshows.com. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Herb Alpert: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  6. ^ "Herb Alpert Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "1979 Talent in Action – Year End Charts : Pop Singles". Billboard. 91 (51): TIA-10. December 22, 1979.
  8. ^ "1980 Talent in Action – Year End Charts : Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 92, no. 51. December 20, 1980. p. TIA-10. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  9. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ AlloCine, La Vie scolaire (in French), retrieved 2021-01-25
  11. ^ Spiderhead (2022) - IMDb, retrieved 2022-06-18
  12. ^ Romano, Evan (2022-06-17). "The 'Spiderhead' Soundtrack Is Fit for a Mad Scientist". Men's Health. Retrieved 2022-06-18.


  • The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, Billboard Books; 9th Edition, 2010, ISBN 978-0823085545