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"Jack Your Body" is a popular instrumental composition by Steve "Silk" Hurley, originally released as a single in 1986. It was featured on the only J.M. Silk album, Hold on to Your Dream, released in 1987.

"Jack Your Body"
Single by Steve "Silk" Hurley
from the album Hold on to Your Dream
ReleasedDecember 1986
GenreChicago house
Songwriter(s)Steve Hurley
Producer(s)Steve "Silk" Hurley
Steve "Silk" Hurley singles chronology
"I Can't Turn Around"
"Jack Your Body"
"Let the Music Take Control"
Alternative cover
2010 re-release cover
2010 re-release cover

One of the landmark records in the history of house music, "Jack Your Body" was composed and produced by Hurley. The song became a major hit on the UK Singles Chart, reaching number one for two weeks in January and February 1987.[1][2] Hurley never promoted the track as he was "under pressure" to complete the Hold on to Your Dream album.[3] He didn't even know that the track had reached number one on the UK Singles Chart – when his manager mentioned, in passing, that the track had hit number one in the UK, he assumed this meant on the UK Dance Chart.[3]

This was the UK's first house music number one, and paved the way for the acid house sound popular there during the late 1980s.[citation needed] It was also the first UK number one single to achieve the majority of its sales on the 12" format. Under the chart rules in place at the time, the 12" single should not have counted toward "Jack Your Body"'s chart position as its running time exceeded the then-current 25-minute limit. The rule was not enforced since the running time was not brought to the chart compilers' attention until the record was already at number one. Discounting songs that were banned, such as "Je t'aime... moi non plus", it was also the only UK number one single since the dawn of BBC Radio 1 in 1967 not to be played on that station before it reached number one, other than on chart shows.

In spite of "Jack Your Body"'s success, Hurley has had no further solo singles whatsoever (under his own name) on the UK Singles Chart.

The song climbed to number twenty-five on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart,[4] reaching number thirty-seven for the U.S. Maxi-Singles Sales category.[5]

"Jack Your Body" was re-released, each time with new remixes, in 1987,[6] 1992,[7] 2000[8] and 2009.[9]


Track listingsEdit

1986 7" singleEdit

  1. "Jack Your Body (Edit)" – 3:13
  2. "Dub Your Body (Edit)" – 3:35

1986 12" singleEdit

  1. "Jack Your Body (Club Your Body)" – 6:50
  2. "Jack Your Body (Dub Your Body)" – 6:25
  3. "Jack Your Body (Home Made)" – 6:34
  4. "Steve 'Silk' Hurley" – 7:03

1987 12" singleEdit

  1. "Jack Your Body (Monty 'House' Remix)" – 6:29 (Remixed by Simon Harris)
  2. "Jack Your Body (Club Your Body)" – 6:50
  3. "Jack Your Body (Dub Your Body)" – 6:25

"Back To Jack Your Body '92" (12" and CD single)Edit

  1. "Back To Jack Your Body (Remix)" – 4:52 (Remixed by Burger Industries)
  2. "Jack Your Body (Def-Mix)" – 6:47 (Remixed by Burger Industries)
  3. "Jack Your Body (Ambient-Remix)" – 9:38 (Remixed by The Bionaut)

"Jack Your Body 2000" (12" single number one)Edit

  1. "Jack Your Body (Original 1986 Mix) (Digitally Re-Produced & Edited)" – 9:17
  2. "Jack Your Body (Silk's Y2K Mix)" – 6:56
  3. "Jack Your Body (Silk's Y2K Dub)" – 5:31

"Jack Your Body 2000" (12" single number two)Edit

  1. "Jack Your Body (Jazz Yo Body Dub)"
  2. "Jack Your Body (Peppi & Kokki Remix)"
  3. "Jack Your Body (Kidd's Classic Remix)"
  4. "Jack Your Body (Swing Yo Body)"

"Jack Your Body" (2009 digital release)Edit

  1. "Jack Your Body (Hardfloor Radio Edit)" – 3:15
  2. "Jack Your Body (Hardfloor Remix)" – 6:52
  3. "Jack Your Body (Ambient Remix By Burger Industries)" – 5:03[A]
  4. "Jack Your Body (Original Club Mix)" – 6:53
  • A^ This is actually an edit of the 1992 remix originally credited to The Bionaut. Burger Industries and The Bionaut are both pseudonyms of Jörg Burger.

Charts and salesEdit

Peak positionsEdit

Chart (1987) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart[nb 1] 1[2]
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 25
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 37
  1. ^ "Jack Your Body" was released on a 12" single that was over 25 minutes long, exceeding the maximum time for a record to be classified as a single. The track should have been classified as an album instead and, during the two weeks it spent at number one, "Reet Petite" would have been number one for a fifth week and "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" would have become number one a week earlier.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ChartArchive - Steve 'Silk' Hurley". Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 471. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ a b "How Jack Your Body began house music's squelching electronic revolution". Retrieved 19 January 2017.
  4. ^ "silk"-hurley/chart-history/dance/club-play-songs 'Steve "Silk" Hurley, US peak chart positions, Billboard' Retrieved 2 December 2010
  5. ^ 'Steve "Silk" Hurley, US peak chart positions, Allmusic' Retrieved 2 December 2010
  6. ^ "Jack Your Body (The Monty 'House' Remix)". Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  7. ^ "(Back To) Jack Your Body '92". Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Jack Your Body 2000". Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Jack Your Body (2009 Release)". Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Record-Breakers and Trivia: Quirks Of The Number One Position". Retrieved 2 July 2010.

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