Block Rockin' Beats

"Block Rockin' Beats" is a song by British big beat duo The Chemical Brothers. It was released as the second single from their second album, Dig Your Own Hole, in March 1997. The single topped the UK Singles Chart and peaked at number 40 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in the United States. It also received a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.[1]

"Block Rockin' Beats"
Single by The Chemical Brothers
from the album Dig Your Own Hole
Released24 March 1997 (1997-03-24)
GenreBig beat
  • 5:14 (album version)
  • 5:00 (single version)
LabelFreestyle Dust
Producer(s)The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Where Do I Begin"
"Block Rockin' Beats"
Alternate covers

There are two different edits of "Block Rockin' Beats" available; one is the version found on Dig Your Own Hole, which has an intro, and the other version begins with the bassline. The B-side "Morning Lemon" is also available on the second disc of the limited edition Singles 93–03.


The drums are sampled from "Changes" by Bernard Purdie. The vocals, "Back with another one of those block rockin' beats" is a sample from American rapper Schoolly D's 1989 song "Gucci Again".

Another reviewer opines that the track uses (without compensation) the bassline from the track "Coup" by 23 Skidoo.[2][3] The opening bass riff resembles the intro from the Pink Floyd song "Let There Be More Light", while the bass sound has been sampled from The Crusaders' song "The Well's Gone Dry".[4]

"Morning Lemon" opens with a vocal sample of a man singing "Morning lemon", and ends with a sample of Ice Cube saying "Take that, motherfuckers!" (from his song "What They Hittin' Foe?").

Critical receptionEdit

Billboard described the track as "a genre-spanning revelation" and commented further that "After one spin, you'll be chanting the hook for hours, and the blend of scratchy funk beats and acidic keyboards are sure to get the body moving."[5]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by The Chemical Brothers.

1."Block Rockin' Beats"5:00
2."Morning Lemon"4:35
3."Block Rockin' Beats (The Micronauts remix)"9:55
CD one
1."Block Rockin' Beats"5:00
2."Prescription Beats"5:13
3."Morning Lemon"4:35
CD two
1."Block Rockin' Beats"5:00
2."Block Rockin' Beats (The Micronauts remix)"9:55
3."Block Rockin' Beats (The Micronauts bonus beats)"3:49
4."Block Rockin' Beats (radio edit)"3:24



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

In popular cultureEdit

"Block Rockin' Beats" was used in the 2003 Ongoing History of New Music episode "Alt-Rock's Greatest Instrumentals".[citation needed] Also, it is in a soundtrack of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. In 2018, it appeared in a television advertisement for the PlayStation Classic.


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  3. ^ [1] Archived 10 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine
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  25. ^ "British single certifications – Chemical Brothers – Block Rockin' Beats". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 March 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Block Rockin' Beats in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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