Songs That Jump: 1990-2017
Jumpman — Drake, 2015 (rap). The song, written by Aubrey Graham, Nayvadius Wilburn, and rapper Leland Wayne, peaked at #12.
Jump — Rihanna, 2014 (pop R&B). Recorded for the 2012 album Unapologetic but not released as a single until 2014, the song did not perform well outside of Australia. An army of nine songwriters collaborated to write the song.
Jump Then Fall — Taylor Swift, 2009 (country pop). The song debuted at #10, becoming Swift’s sixth Top 20 tune.
Jump Up — Major Lazer, 2009 (Jamaican dancehall). This reggaeton tune by electronic trio Major Lazer featured Leftside and Supahype.
Jump — Madonna, 2006 (dance). Written by Madonna, Stuart Price and Joe Henry, the song did well on dance and international charts, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart.
The Big Jump — The Chemical Brothers, 2005 (EDM). From the album Push the Button, which won a Grammy in 2006 for Best EDM Album.
Jumpin’ Jumpin’ — Destiny’s Child, 1999 (R&B). Co-written by Beyoncé and Chad Elliott, the song reached #3.
Jump Around — House of Pain, 1992 (rap). The song reached #3 and has been covered numerous times.
Jump — Kris Kross, 1992 (rap). This debut hit from the young duo reached #1. Jermaine Dupri wrote and produced the song, with writing credits that included Motown founder Berry Gordy.
Songs that Jump: 1960-1989
Jump (For My Love) — The Pointer Sisters, 1984 (disco pop). Marti Sharon, Stephen Mitchell, and Gary Skardina wrote this #3 hit for The Pointer Sisters.
Get Up and Jump — Red Hot Chile Peppers, 1984 (funk rock). The only single released from their debut album, the song did not chart, but the band went on to greater success.
Jump — Van Halen, 1983 (rock). This #1 hit featured a rolling synth line written by guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Cassandra Beck recorded an amazing jazz version (yes!) in 2011 that completely transforms the song.
Jump to It — Aretha Franklin, 1982 (R&B disco). The track, written by Luther Vandross and Marcus Miller, gave Aretha her first Top 40 hit since 1976.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash — The Rolling Stones, 1968 (rock). Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, this iconic 60s anthem reached #3.
Songs that Jump: 1930-1959
Jumpin’ in the Morning — Ray Charles, 1959 (classic R&B). The song appeared on the album What I’d Say, the album that gave him his first Top 10 hit (“What I’d Say”).
Jump, Jive an’ Wail — Louis Prima, 1956 (rock-and-roll / jazz). The tune became one of Prima’s signature songs.
Jump in the Line — Lord Kitchener, 1946 (calypso). The song won the 1946 Trinidad Carnival Road March. Woody Herman recorded a version in 1956. Harry Belafonte’s 1961 recording achieved modest success.
Jumpin’ Jive — Cab Calloway, 1939 (jazz/swing). The original recording, written by Cab Calloway, Frank Froeba, and Jack Palmer, sold over one million copies.
The Joint is Jumpin’ — Fats Waller, 1937 (jazz/stride). With music by Fats Waller and lyrics by Andy Razaf and J.C. Johnson, the song evokes a jazz-fueled Harlem rent party.
To hear all of these songs, check out my Jump Songs playlist on Spotify.