Rockin' Over the Beat

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"Rockin' Over the Beat"
Rockin over the beat german edition.jpg
Single by Technotronic
from the album Pump Up the Jam
Released 20 April 1990
Format 7", 12", CD
Label United Kingdom Swanyard Records
France On the Beat
Mexico Musart
Writer(s) M. Kamosi,
J. Bogaert
Producer(s) Jo Bogaert
Technotronic singles chronology
"Spin That Wheel"
"Rockin' Over the Beat"

"Rockin' Over the Beat" is a song by Belgian dance act Technotronic. It first appeared on their debut album Pump Up the Jam in 1989 and was released as a single the following year. It is accredited to "Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K", who co-wrote the track with Jo Bogaert (aka Thomas De Quincey).

The song is an upbeat house tune espousing the pleasures of dancing. It is representative of the positive and melodic feel of the Pump Up the Jam album. "Rockin' Over the Beat" was a respectable hit for Technotronic; it reached #9 in the UK, #11 in Ireland and breached the Billboard Hot 100 at #95.[1]


The single was released on vinyl and Compact Disc. In the UK the 7" edition comprised an edit of the LP version together with an album track, "Raw". In Belgium the "Rockin' Over Manchester 7" Remix" by Bernard Sumner of New Order was the A-side, again with "Raw" as the B-side, while in France the Sumner mix appeared as the B-side with a single edit as the first track.[2]

Most 12" releases featured three remixes by Bernard Sumner: the "Piccadilly", "Hacienda" and "Instrumental" mixes, all of which were prefixed with "Rockin' Over Manchester" (where Sumner is from), with the album version included as the first track in France and Britain.

A European CD maxi-single collected the edited and full LP versions together with the "7" Remix" and "Dub Version" mixes by Sumner.

Music videos[edit]

At least two videos were made for the song. One featured the LP edit over black-and-white footage of people dancing, with brightly coloured words superimposed. The other was a more contemporary film with dancers in front of a white background and Ya Kid K miming in a large room.


Chart (1990–1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 53
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 16
France (SNEP)[5] 20
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 18
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 95


  1. ^ archive (link)
  2. ^ Discogs entries (link)
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ " – {{{artist}}} – Rockin' Over The Beat" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ " – {{{artist}}} – Rockin' Over The Beat" (in French). Les classement single.
  6. ^ " – {{{artist}}} Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  8. ^ " – {{{artist}}} – Rockin' Over The Beat". Swiss Singles Chart.
  9. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  10. ^ Billboard (Retrieved January 12, 2009)