A list of the most popular songs that “jump”

Image of people jumpingMusic is rhythm, so it’s natural that the word “jump” would feature in numerous song titles. I’ve compiled a list below of the most popular songs that sing about jumping. Stylistically the songs range all over the map, from jazz to rap. Everyone, it seems, wants to jump. Many of the songs were hits. In cases where the songs are not as well known, I’ve focused on prominent artists and bands. The list appears in reverse chronological order, with the most recent songs at the top.

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 BeyoncĂ© 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.

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