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Shakedown (Bob Seger song)

B-side "The Aftermath"
Released May 23, 1987
Format 7"
Genre Pop rock, hard rock
Length 4:03
Label MCA
Writer(s) Harold Faltermeyer
Keith Forsey
Bob Seger
Producer Keith Forsey
Bob Seger singles chronology

"Blue Monday"

"Shakedown" is a song recorded by Bob Seger, from the soundtrack of the film Beverly Hills Cop II. The music was written by Harold Faltermeyer, who also wrote the score for the film, and Keith Forsey, with lyrics by Seger. The song became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, Seger's only such top mark singles-wise, as well as the Album Rock Tracks chart, where it became his second number-one hit, spending four weeks at the top.[1] In Canada, it went to number one as well, topping the RPM 100 national singles chart on August 1 of the same year.[2]

In 1988, "Shakedown" was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, but it lost both awards to Dirty Dancing's "(I've Had) The Time of My Life". At the 60th Academy Awards, "Shakedown" was performed by Little Richard.

Music video

The music video featured scenes from the film intercut with Seger and the band performing it, with some members approaching glam metal moves.

In popular culture

The song appeared in the 1989 Alvin and the Chipmunks episode "Alvin's Obsession", as performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks.


Chart (1987) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report[3] 9
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 33
UK Singles Chart 88
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot 100 1


See also

  • List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1987 (U.S.)
Preceded by
"Jammin' Me" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks number-one single
June 6, 1987 – July 3, 1987
Succeeded by
"Don't Mean Nothing" by Richard Marx
Preceded by
"Alone" by Heart
US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 26, 1987 - August 8, 1987
Succeeded by
"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2
Preceded by
"Head to Toe" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Canadian RPM 100 number-one single
August 1, 1987
Succeeded by
"Alone" by Heart

External links

  • Template:MetroLyrics song
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