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Push It (Salt-n-Pepa song)

"Push It" is a song by the group Salt-n-Pepa. It was released as the B-side of the "Tramp" single in 1987, and as its own single in 1988. It peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1988 and, after initially peaking at #41 in the UK, it re-entered the charts after the group performed the track at Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday concert, eventually peaking at #2 that summer. The song has also been certified Platinum by the RIAA. The song is ranked #446 on Rolling Stone‍ '​s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was ranked #9 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[1]

Song information

The original version of "Push It" was first released as the B-side to the 12" single "Tramp" in 1987. The corresponding 7" single contained a "Mixx-It" remix by San Francisco DJ and producer Cameron Paul; this was the radio version that gave the group its first mainstream hit. It advanced into the Billboard Top 40 the week of December 26, 1987, eventually reaching its peak of #19 the week of February 20, 1988. It also ties with "Let's Talk About Sex" as the group's highest-charting UK hit, with both peaking at #2 in that country.

The original 1986 editions of the album Hot, Cool & Vicious did not contain "Push It". When the Cameron Paul remix of "Push It" became a radio hit, the album was reissued with the "Push It" remix added, along with the original versions of "Tramp" and "Chick on the Side" replaced by remixes.

"Push It" was nominated for a Grammy Award, and the strength of that single catapulted the reissued Hot, Cool and Vicious album to platinum sales in the US with one million sold, making Salt-n-Pepa the first female rap act (group or solo) to go gold or platinum. The album ultimately sold 1.3 million copies worldwide.

The song quotes a line from "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks, with the word "girl" replaced with "boy": "Boy, you really got me goin'/You got me so I don't know what I'm doin'."

Music video

The music video for "Push It" features a concert performance of the song, along with DJ Spinderella and Hurby "Luv Bug" on keyboards and backing vocals.

Official versions

  • "Push It" - 4:12 - B-side of "Tramp" 12" single
  • "Push It (Instrumental)" - 4:12 - B-side of "Tramp" 12" single
  • "Push It (Mixx-It Remix)" - 4:28 - B-side of "Tramp" 7" single; also known as Album Version, Remix, 7" Remix, Full-Length Remix, Radio Edit
  • "Push It (U.S. Remix)" - 3:29 - 1988 Europe/Australasia-only edited version of Mixx-It Remix
  • "Push It (The Shuv'd Mix)" - 5:06 - 1988 UK-only remix; also known as UK Mix

Chart performance

Country (1988) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 1
Canada RPM Top Singles[5] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 4
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[11] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 6
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[14] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[15] 28
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 19

Cover versions

Sampling and remixes

In other media


  1. ^ 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: Salt 'n Pepa, 'Push It' | Rolling Stone
  2. ^ " – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ " – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ " – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It" (in French). Ultratop 50.
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  6. ^ " – Salt-N-Pepa Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ 3rd result when searching "Push It"
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Salt-N-Pepa search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ " – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ " – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It". VG-lista.
  11. ^ " – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It" Canciones Top 50.
  12. ^ " – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It". Singles Top 60.
  13. ^ " – Salt-N-Pepa – Push It". Swiss Singles Chart.
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