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"Bust a Move" is a song by British-American rapper Young MC. It won the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance. It appeared on his album Stone Cold Rhymin' and was his biggest hit, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the charts in Australia. The song stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 39 weeks and 20 weeks in the top 40 alone.

"Bust a Move"
Bustamove cover.jpg
Single by Young MC
from the album Stone Cold Rhymin'
  • "Got More Rhymes"
  • "The Fastest Rhyme-My Name Is Young"
ReleasedMay 22, 1989 (1989-05-22)[1]
  • Matt Dike
  • Michael Ross
Young MC singles chronology
"Bust a Move"
"Principal's Office"

The song is built on a sample of "Found a Child" by the group Ballin' Jack. The drums, produced by a LinnDrum, are sampled from the song "Radio-Activity" by RoyalCash. The breakdown segment contains a combination of beats sampled from the songs "Scorpio" by Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band, and "Daytime Hustler" by Bette Midler. Bust a Move also featured guest vocals by Crystal Blake and bass guitar by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, both of whom also appeared in the video.

In 2008, it was ranked number 47 on VH1's 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs and number 60 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s. The single was certified Platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. in January 1990.[2]


Chart positionsEdit

Charts (1989–90) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 50
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 17
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[6] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 25
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 73
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 7
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[11] 7
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales (Billboard) 5
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[12] 2
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[13] 9

In popular cultureEdit

The song is featured in the 1989 film Uncle Buck, and appears in both the 2000 film Dude, Where's My Car? and its accompanying soundtrack. The song is also featured in the 2009 films The Blind Side, 17 Again, and Up in the Air. Young MC had a cameo in Up in the Air,[14] performing Bust a Move at a software convention. The song is also featured in the 2017 film It.

The song was performed by Will Schuester in the Glee episode "Mash-Up" and is regularly used in the television show My Name Is Earl as Randy's favourite party song. The song appears on the soundtrack of the 2016 video game Forza Horizon 3,[15] and is played in the Futurama episode "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV".


  1. ^ "Bust a move". Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  2. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Young M.C. singles. Retrieved March 5, 2011.
  3. ^ " – Young M.C. – Bust a Move". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ " – Young M.C. – Bust a Move" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6575." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 6596." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Young M.C." (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ " – Young M.C. – Bust a Move". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Young MC: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "Young MC Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  11. ^ "Young MC Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Young MC Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "Young MC Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  14. ^ Karger, Dave (December 8, 2009). "Is 'Up in the Air' this year's 'Slumdog'?". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2017-08-10. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  15. ^ Ekberg, Brian (September 9, 2016). "Drive to the Music You Love in Forza Horizon 3 with Groove". Xbox Wire. Archived from the original on 2016-12-27. Retrieved August 10, 2017.

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