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"Break It Up" was the fourth single taken from the album 4 by the band Foreigner, and the first to feature a B-side that was not available on one of their albums, a live version of their hit, "Head Games." The tune has a more melodic, slightly ballad-oriented sound mixed with their traditional hard rock. It was written by Mick Jones and reached number 26 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.[1] Rolling Stone contributor Kurt Loder described the song as a "classic cruncher."[2]

"Break It Up"
Break It Up - Foreigner.jpg
Single by Foreigner
from the album 4
B-side"Head Games (Live)"
ReleasedMay 1982 (May 1982)
Recordedearly 1981
GenreHard rock
Length3:25 (Single version)
4:11 (Album version)
Songwriter(s)Mick Jones
Producer(s)Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Mick Jones
Foreigner singles chronology
"Waiting for a Girl Like You"
"Break It Up"

Cover versionsEdit

Norwegian hard rock/heavy metal singer Jorn Lande has covered this song on his first album Starfire.


  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  2. ^ Loder, Kurt (October 15, 1981). "Foreigner: Mass-Appeal Rock in a Post-Golden Age". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-05-04.