Van Halen soared to new heights when the band’s infectious 1984 single, “Jump”, reached the pinnacle in the United States!
34 years ago this week, the instantly-recognizable song became Van Halen’s first (and only song) to reach the pinnacle on the Billboard Hot 100, replacing “Karma Chameleon” by Culture Club.
Van Halen perform “Jump” on the Ellen DeGeneres show, 2015
You might not know the iconic synth melody was inspired by 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,” said Daryl Hall.
The song went on to inspire another Van Halen anthem: the guitar riff on the outro of “Jump” inspired the main guitar intro on “Top Of The World” that followed seven years later.
“Jump” became a centre of controversy almost twenty years after its release. Because of its lyrical content (which Roth said was inspired by a news story where a man threatened to jump off a building), it was one of the songs included on the list off songs not suitable to be played on the radio after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Watch the incredible video below (which won an MTV Video Music Award for ‘Best Stage Performance Video’!) below.
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