Unskinny Bop

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"Unskinny Bop"
Single by Poison
from the album Flesh and Blood
B-side "Valley of Lost Souls"
Released June 27, 1990
Recorded 1990
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 3:48
Label Capitol
Writer(s) C.C. DeVille; Bret Michaels; Bobby Dall; Rikki Rockett
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Poison singles chronology
"Your Mama Don't Dance"
(February 1, 1989)
"Unskinny Bop"
(June 21, 1990)
"Something to Believe In"
(September 4, 1990)

"Unskinny Bop" is a song by American glam metal band Poison, which was released as the first single from their 1990 Flesh & Blood album.

The song peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, number 5 on the Mainstream rock charts,[1] number 15 in the UK[2] and #7 on the Australian charts. This made it the band's second highest success, after "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". The music video for the song has Bret Michaels dancing with a couple of animated neon cowgirls next to him.


The meaning of "Unskinny Bop" has always been shrouded in obscurity. C.C. DeVille later confessed that the phrase "unskinny bop" has no particular meaning. He invented it as a temporary measure while writing the song, before vocalist Bret Michaels had begun working on the lyrics. The phrase was used on the basis that it was phonetically suited to the music. The song was later played to producer Fairbairn, who stated that, although he did not know what an "unskinny bop" was, the phrase was perfect.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990–91) Peak
Australian ARIA Charts 7
Canadian RPM Top Singles 3
Dutch Mega Top 50 34
New Zealand Singles Chart 3
Swedish Singles Chart 19
UK Singles Chart 15
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 32


  1. ^ "Allmusic (Poison charts and awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ "Poison chart stats". 
  3. ^ [1] Harper C, "In Samantha 7 Heaven: An Interview with C.C. DeVille of Samantha 7" Ink 19, Retrieved October 18, 2005.
  4. ^ "Poison – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Poison.
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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