Shakedown (Bob Seger song)

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Single by Bob Seger
from the album Beverly Hills Cop II
B-side "The Aftermath"
Released May 23, 1987
Format 7"
Genre Pop rock, dance-rock, hard rock
Length 4:03
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) Harold Faltermeyer
Keith Forsey
Bob Seger
Producer(s) Keith Forsey
Bob Seger singles chronology
"Blue Monday"
"Blue Monday"

"Shakedown" is a song recorded by Bob Seger, from the soundtrack of the film Beverly Hills Cop II. The music was written by Harold Faltermeyer, who also wrote the score for the film, and Keith Forsey, with lyrics by Seger. The song became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, Seger's only such top mark singles-wise, as well as the Album Rock Tracks chart, where it became his second number-one hit, spending four weeks at the top.[1] In Canada, it went to number one as well, topping the RPM 100 national singles chart on August 1 of the same year.[2]

In 1988, "Shakedown" was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but it lost both awards to Dirty Dancing's "(I've Had) The Time of My Life". At the 60th Academy Awards, "Shakedown" was performed by Little Richard.[3]


Initially, Seger's friend and fellow Detroiter, Glenn Frey, was the first choice to record "Shakedown", after having a hit with "The Heat Is On" from Beverly Hills Cop. Frey did not like the lyrics and then came down with laryngitis, so the song was given to Seger. After the song went to number one, Frey called to congratulate Seger, saying "At least we kept the money in Michigan!"[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video featured scenes from the film intercut with Seger and the band performing it.

In popular culture[edit]

The song appeared in the 1989 Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "Alvin's Obsession", as performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks.


Chart (1987-1988) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[5] 9
Canadian RPM Top Singles[citation needed] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart[citation needed] 33
UK Singles Chart[citation needed] 88
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot 100[citation needed] 1

See also[edit]

Preceded by
"Jammin' Me" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks number-one single
June 6, 1987 – July 3, 1987
Succeeded by
"Don't Mean Nothing" by Richard Marx
Preceded by
"Alone" by Heart
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
August 1, 1987 - August 7, 1987
Succeeded by
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2
Preceded by
"Head to Toe" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
August 1, 1987
Succeeded by
"Alone" by Heart


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Pop Songs: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 218. 
  2. ^ "". 
  3. ^ "Little Richard Sings " Shakedown" / Oscars 1988". YouTube. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ Bronson, Fred (2003). "672 Shakedown - Bob Seger". The Billboard Book of Number One Hits. Billboard Books. p. 681. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 

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