The Shake (Neal McCoy song)

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"The Shake"
McCoy - The Shake single.png
Single by Neal McCoy
from the album Greatest Hits
Released May 12, 1997
Genre Country
Length 3:33
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Jon McElroy
Butch Carr
Producer(s) Kyle Lehning
Neal McCoy singles chronology
"That Woman of Mine"
"The Shake"
"If You Can't Be Good (Be Good at It)"
"That Woman of Mine"
"The Shake"
"If You Can't Be Good (Be Good at It)"

"The Shake" is a song written by Jon McElroy and Butch Carr, and recorded by American country music artist Neal McCoy. It was released May 1997 as the only single from McCoy's Greatest Hits album. The song reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in October 1997.[1] It peaked at number 7 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Rogers and premiered in June 1997. In it a teenage boy walks in, and Neal's mom (played as an homage to Leave It to Beaver). The song starts, and he and his band are playing in the garage. The video ends with the mother starting to dance.

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Loy of Country Standard Time described the song negatively, saying that it was "a puerile and sexist hymn to feminine derriere movement[…]And that's good because the only thing saving lyrics like 'Shake it real funky/Shake it real low/Shake it till you just can't shake it no more' from being offensive is that they're so incredibly stupid."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"The Shake" debuted at number 67 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of May 24, 1997.

Chart (1997) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 7
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[5] 96
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 57


  1. ^ Neal McCoy Hot Country Songs Chart History
  2. ^ Loy, Robert. "Greatest Hits review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 3346." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 6, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Neal McCoy Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard.
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1997". RPM. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best of 1997: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1997. Retrieved July 17, 2013.