Jump (Van Halen song)

"Jump" is a song by American hard rock band Van Halen. It was released in December 1983 as the lead single from their album 1984. It is Van Halen's most successful single, reaching number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[4] The song differs from earlier Van Halen songs in that it is driven by a keyboard line (played on an Oberheim OB-Xa), although the song does contain a guitar solo, which was spliced together from multiple takes. David Lee Roth dedicated the song to martial artist Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, of whom he was a student.[5]

Van Halen - Jump.jpg
Single by Van Halen
from the album 1984
B-side"House of Pain"
ReleasedDecember 21, 1983
Studio5150 Studios (Studio City, California)
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer(s)Ted Templeman
Van Halen singles chronology
"I'll Wait"
Audio sample

Writing and compositionEdit

The synth line was written circa 1981 by Eddie Van Halen but it was rejected by the other members of the band. In 1983, producer Ted Templeman asked Roth to take a listen to the unused song idea. Riding around in the back of his 1951 Mercury, with band roadie Larry Hostler driving, Roth listened repeatedly to the tune. To come up with a lyric for it, he remembered seeing a TV news report the night before about a suicidal jumper. Roth thought that one of the onlookers of such an event would inevitably yell "go ahead and jump". Roth bounced this suggestion off Hostler who agreed it was good, however instead of describing a potential suicide, the lyrics were written as an ontological invitation to action, life and love. Roth later told Musician magazine that Hostler was "probably the most responsible for how it came out."[6] The song is set in the key of C major, with the guitar solo in the key of B♭ minor. "Jump" has a moderate common time tempo of 129 beats per minute.[7]

Ted Templeman recalls that "Jump" was recorded at Eddie Van Halen's newly constructed home studio. "Engineer Donn Landee and Ed put the track down alone in the middle of the night. We recut it once in one take for sonic reasons. Dave wrote the lyrics that afternoon in the backseat of his Mercury convertible. We finished all vocals that afternoon and mixed it that evening."[8]

The keyboard part was performed on an Oberheim OB-Xa.[9][10] Live performances began with Eddie's synthesizer solo "1984". During the reunion tour with Roth, the two songs were used for the band's encore.

According to Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates, "[Eddie] Van Halen told me that he copied the synth part from 'Kiss on My List' and used it in 'Jump.' I don't have a problem with that at all."[11]

Musically, the song was a departure from the band's hard rock style,[12] embracing more of a popular and radio-friendly sound. "Jump" has been described as a "synth rocker",[1] as a combination of hard rock and pop,[13] as exemplifying pop rock of the 1980s, built on a classic rock foundation of repeated bass notes and having standard rock instrumentation,[14] and as "a true rock masterpiece."[2]

Van Halen performs "Jump", November 10, 2007

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Jump" was directed by Pete Angelus and David Lee Roth. It is a straightforward performance clip, much like many of the hard rock videos of the time.[15] It was nominated for three MTV Video Music Awards, and won "Best Stage Performance" for the video. The audio mix of the song in video version has an extra "Ah oh oh!" yell from Roth before the last chorus.

Sporting anthemEdit

It is played before the start of each home game of Olympique de Marseille and Brøndby IF. As part of the goal celebrations it is also played every time A.C. Milan scores a goal at their home ground, San Siro.[16]

The song is a staple at Detroit Pistons NBA games whenever a jump ball is called.

The original Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League played "Jump" on the arena PA system as the team came onto the ice. They used the song until the team's departure for Phoenix after the 1995–96 season. On the team's return in 2011, public outcry for use of the song initially was ignored, as the team's management company True North Sports and Entertainment wished to create a break with the past, considering the previous Jets a different organization from the new Jets (the former Atlanta Thrashers). However, in 2016 True North resumed the use of "Jump", this time as the team's goal song whenever the Jets score a goal at Bell MTS Place.[17]

"Jump" was the theme song for the introduction of Chicago Cubs broadcasts on WGN-TV in 1984 and 1985.[18][19]


"Jump" was ranked number 15 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 1980s. The song was listed by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as one of the "500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll."[20] Chuck Klosterman of Vulture.com ranked it the 16th-best Van Halen song, calling it "an articulation of unadulterated joy and the unprecedented power of six rudimentary keyboard chords arranged in the best possible sequence."[21] Ahead of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the song was voted as the favourite sporting anthem, in a poll of members of PRS for Music.[22]

Appearances in film and televisionEdit

The song was used in soundtrack of the 2015 biopic film Eddie the Eagle, being described by Blake Goble of Consequence of Sound as "the most on-the-nose use of Van Halen's "Jump" ever committed to celluloid".[23] "Jump" appears in the 2018 science fiction film Ready Player One. The song was used in the opening credits of the film and in the trailer for the film,[24][25] and considered an "inspired choice" by Joe Reid of Decider.com.[26]

In 2009, The song was covered on the musical television show Glee's first season episode "Mattress" sung by the Glee Cast.

Awards and nominationsEdit

"Jump" was nominated at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards (1984) in the "Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal" category, losing to "Purple Rain" by Prince & The Revolution.[27]

Armin van Buuren remixEdit

Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren debuted his own private remix of "Jump" at the 2019 Miami Ultra Music Festival with David Lee Roth on stage.[28] This remix was finally released through Big Beat Records on May 17, 2019.[29]




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[50] Platinum 50,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Live versionEdit

"Jump (Live)"
Single by Van Halen
from the album Live: Right Here, Right Now
B-side"Love Walks In (Live)"
GenreHard rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Producer(s)Van Halen, Andy Johns, Donn Landee

"Jump (Live)" was released as a single in 1993. The performance was recorded at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California in May 1992, during the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Tour. "Jump" and the B-side, "Love Walks In", are the same versions that appear on the album Live: Right Here, Right Now. On the compact disc release of the single, "Mine All Mine" and "Eagles Fly" are previously unreleased live versions. All songs were produced by Van Halen and Andy Johns, except "Mine All Mine", which was produced by Van Halen and Donn Landee.[53]

Weekly chart performanceEdit

Chart (1993) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[54] 93
Ireland (IRMA)[55] 13
Netherlands[56] 17
UK Singles[57] 26

Personnel (1993)Edit

Track listingsEdit

7" singleEdit

  1. Jump (Live) – 4:27
  2. Love Walks In (Live) – 5:14

CD singleEdit

  1. Jump (Live) – 4:27
  2. Love Walks In (Live) – 5:14
  3. Mine All Mine (Live) – 5:24
  4. Eagles Fly (Live) – 6:01

See alsoEdit


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