Stir It Up

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"Stir It Up"
Stir It Up - Johnny Nash.jpg
Single by Johnny Nash
from the album I Can See Clearly Now
B-side"Cream Puff"
Released15 January 1973[1]
GenreRocksteady (proto-reggae)
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
Johnny Nash singles chronology
"Stir It Up"
"I Can See Clearly Now"
"Stir It Up"
Single by Bob Marley & The Wailers
from the album Catch a Fire
LabelWail'n Soul'm
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
Producer(s)Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley & The Wailers singles chronology
"Dog Teeth"
"Stir It Up"
"Concrete Jungle"

"Stir It Up" is a song composed by Bob Marley in 1967 and first recorded by the group Bob Marley and the Wailers that year and issued as a single. It was later covered by American singer Johnny Nash on his 1972 album I Can See Clearly Now. The following year, Marley and the Wailers re-recorded the song for their album Catch a Fire.

The band performed "Stir It Up" on The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973 during their first trip to the UK, singing live over a Chris Blackwell overdubbed backing track.[2]

"Stir It Up" was the first Marley written song to be successful outside Jamaica. Another tune written by Bob Marley, "I Shot The Sheriff", was covered by Eric Clapton on the album 461 Ocean Boulevard, July 1974. Marley's first international hit recorded by him, "No Woman No Cry", was released on the Bob Marley and the Wailers album Live!, December 1975.

Certifications (Bob Marley & The Wailers version)[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Chart history (Johnny Nash cover)[edit]

The Black Sorrows' version[edit]

"Stir It Up"
Single by The Black Sorrows
from the album The Chosen Ones - Greatest Hits
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1993 (1993-09-01)
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
Producer(s)Joe Camilleri
The Black Sorrows singles chronology
"Sweet Inspiration"
"Stir It Up"
"Snake Skin Shoes"

In September 1993, Australian band The Black Sorrows released a version of the song. It became a hit, peaking at number 58 in Australia, number 20 in New Zealand (where it is the band's highest charting single), and number nine in Iceland. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994, Joe Camilleri was nominated for Producer of the Year for his work on this song, losing out to Tony Cohen.

Track listing[edit]

CD single (Columbia 660 105-2)

  1. "Stir It Up" – 3:34
  2. "Ain't Love the Strangest Thing" (acoustic) – 4:10
  3. "Come On, Come On" (acoustic) – 2:50


Chart (1993–1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 58
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[12] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 53
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 20

Haddaway version[edit]

"Stir It Up"
Single by Haddaway
from the album The Album
Songwriter(s)Bob Marley
  • Dee Dee Halligan
  • Junior Torello
Haddaway singles chronology
"Rock My Heart"
"Stir It Up"
"Fly Away"

In 1994, Trinidadian-German Eurodance artist Haddaway released his version of "Stir It Up" as the second single from his debut album, The Album (1993). It was only released in the US.

Critical reception[edit]

Troy J. Augusto from Cash Box wrote, "Hot new Arista singer (where have we heard that one before?) Haddaway looks to recover from the disappointment of last single, “Life”, with this solid cover of one of Bob Marley’s most beloved songs. The cut’s producers add a contemporary, almost techno-pop feel to the song (Marley’s surely bumpin’ in his grave!), but the tune’s solid arrangement and Haddaway’s likable voice translate to a crossover hit waiting to happen. Hit radio will stir it up soon."[15]

Track listing[edit]

  • 12", US (1994)
  1. "Stir It Up" (Long Version) — 6:20
  2. "Rock My Heart" (Extended Mix) — 5:58
  3. "Rock My Heart" (Celebration Mix) — 5:48
  • CD single, US (1994)
  1. "Stir It Up" (Single Version) — 4:16
  2. "Rock My Heart" (Extended Mix) — 5:58
  3. "When The Feeling's Gone" — 4:15
  • Cassette single, US (1994)
  1. "Stir It Up" (Long Version)
  2. "Stir It Up" (Single Version)
  3. "Rock My Heart" (Extended Mix)


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  4. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, May 5, 1973
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Stir It Up". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
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  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 171.
  8. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 13, 2017). "Image : RPM Weekly". Library and Archives Canada.
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  12. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (28.4.–04.5. '94)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). April 28, 1994. p. 20. Retrieved December 24, 2022.
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  14. ^ "The Black Sorrows – Stir It Up". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 5, 2016.
  15. ^ Augusto, Troy J. (April 23, 1994). "Pop Singles — Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. Retrieved February 28, 2022.