The Power (Snap! song)

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"The Power"
Single by Snap!
from the album World Power
B-side Remix
Released 3 January 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Eurodance[1]
Length 3:47
  • Benito Benites
  • John "Virgo" Garrett III
  • Toni C.
Producer(s) Snap!
Certification See certifications
Snap! singles chronology
"The Power"
"Ooops Up"
Music sample

"The Power" is a song by the German music group Snap! from their album World Power. It was released in January 1990 and reached number one in the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, as well as on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and Hot Rap charts. On the Billboard Hot 100, "The Power" managed to reach number two for one week, behind "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey.[2] It is particularly known for its hook "I've got the power!"


Written by Michael Münzing and Luca Anzilotti (under the pseudonyms Benito Benites and John "Virgo" Garrett III) and produced by Snap!, it was the group's third single. Featuring a rap by Turbo B and vocals by Penny Ford (lip-synced in the music video by Jackie Harris), the single became a massive international hit.

The song opens with the somewhat enigmatic line in Russian: "Американская фирма Transceptor Technology приступила к производству компьютеров «Персональный спутник»" (meaning "The American company Transceptor Technology has started production of the 'Personal Companion' computer"). "Personal Companion" was a computer-like device for the blind and visually impaired. Released in 1990, it was controlled by voice and could, among other functions, automatically download articles from USA Today by a built-in modem. It was made by Transceptor Technologies of Ann Arbor, Michigan.[3]

The song contains samples from "Let the Words Flow" by Chill Rob G, "Love's Gonna Get You" by Jocelyn Brown,[4] and "King Of The Beats" by Mantronix.

Power Jam was the first name under which German producers Michael Münzing (Benito Benites) and Luca Anzilotti (John Virgo Garrett III) were noticed for their 1990 Hit "The Power".

The first version of "The Power" was an amalgam of many samples. The beats were taken from Mantronix's "King Of The Beats Lesson #1" (from their 1990 album "This Should Move Ya"), the vocals were taken from "Let The Words Flow" by rapper Chill Rob G and from "Love's Gonna Get You" by Jocelyn Brown. The record became instantly popular in both Europe and North America. However, all of the samples used were unauthorized. In Germany, Arista Records had a deal with Stu Fine, former owner of Wild Pitch Records, but Arista did not have the same type of deal for a legal US release. Chill Rob G consented to a US release (which he thought could be lucrative) and consequently Arista Records was pressured to prepare the song for release in the US. Because it was not legally possible for Arista to simply reissue the European single, it was decided to re-record the entire track with new lyrics by rapper Durron Butler AKA Turbo B. and additional vocals by Penny Ford. The samples were then all legally cleared and the song was finally re-released under the new name Snap!, despite the fact that Jocelyn Brown had commenced legal action because of the unauthorized sampling of her vocals.[4]

Tremors at Techno-Mart[edit]

On 5 July 2011, a 39-story shopping mall called the "Techno-Mart" in Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, shook violently for 10 minutes and was evacuated for two days.[5] After study, it was determined that about 20 people performing Tae Bo exercises to "The Power" caused the building to vibrate by creating a mechanical resonance. The tentative conclusion was the consensus among the six professors from an architectural institute and vibration measurement experts who participated in a recreation of the event. The Architectural Institute of Korea was scheduled to release the final results of the safety inspection later in 2011.[6][7]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
Canadian RPM Dance number-one single
7 July 1990 – 28 July 1990 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer
Preceded by
"Dub Be Good to Me" by Beats International
UK Singles Chart number-one single
31 March 1990 – 7 April 1990 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Vogue" by Madonna
Preceded by
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
31 March 1990 – 14 April 1990 (3 weeks)
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
14 April 1990 – 5 May 1990 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Kingston Town" by UB40
Single Top 100 number-one single
14 April 1990 – 12 May 1990 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Paint It Black" by The Rolling Stones
Swiss number-one single
6 May 1990 – 27 May 1990 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles
Preceded by
"Infinity" by Guru Josh
Spanish number-one single
16 June 1990 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Infinity" by Guru Josh
Preceded by
"Amerikkka's Most Wanted" by Ice Cube
US Billboard Hot Rap Singles number-one single
30 June 1990 – 14 July 1990 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"We're All in the Same Gang"
by The West Coast Rap All-Stars
Preceded by
"Vogue" by Madonna
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
2 June 1990 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Dub Be Good to Me" by Beats International

Covers, samples and remixes[edit]

  • The song was covered in 2002 by German band H-Blockx. Turbo B featured in the song taking turns to rap lyrics with H-Blockx's then frontman Dave Gappa. Of note, Turbo B replaces the word 'Snap!' with 'H-blockx' in the line "If they are Snap! don't need the police to try to save them". The single charted at number 48 in Germany, number 51 in Austria and number 34 in Australia.[48]
  • In 2003, the song was remixed by Motivo, with added Indian vocals from Joshilay and released as Snap! Vs. Motivo – The Power (of Bhangra). This version was a minor hit, reaching Number 34 in the UK and Number 36 in Ireland.
  • In 2010, Swizz Beatz sampled the song on the second half of Kanye West's official remix to his single Power featuring Jay-Z.
  • In 2013, Lena Philipsson covered the song during the 70th birthday celebration of Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Pop culture[edit]

The song was featured in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Hudson Hawk (1991), The Perfect Weapon (1991), Under Siege (1992), Kids Incorporated (1991), Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), Three Kings (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), Bruce Almighty (2003),The Pacifier (2005), A Kind of Magic (2006), Made of Honor (2008) and Just Dance 2 (2010).

Since 2013, the song is being used in the British TV advert B&Q, a home improvement store.

See also[edit]


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