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"Get Down on It"
Get Down On It by Kool & the Gang.jpg
Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Something Special
B-side"No Show"
ReleasedNovember 24, 1981
Recorded1981
GenreFunk,[1] post-disco[2]
Length4:52 (album version)
4:36 (video version)
3:33 (single version)
LabelDe-Lite
Songwriter(s)Ronald Nathan Bell, Claydes Charles Smith, George Melvin Brown, James "J.T." Taylor, Robert Spike Mickens, Robert Earl Bell and Eumir Deodato
Producer(s)Eumir Deodato in association with Kool & the Gang
Kool & the Gang singles chronology
"Steppin' Out"
(1981)
"Get Down on It"
(1981)
"Big Fun"
(1982)
Music video
"Get Down on It” on YouTube

"Get Down on It" is a 1981 song by American band Kool & the Gang. It was originally released on their Something Special album in 1981. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

French 12" Vogue Records – 310933, De-Lite Records – 310933[3]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Get Down on It"James Taylor, Ronald Bell & Kool & the Gang6:07
2."No Show"George Brown, James Taylor, Ronald Bell & Kool and the Gang4:19
Get Down on It/Steppin' Out, De-Lite Records – DE 818[4]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Get Down on It"James Taylor, Ronald Bell & Kool & the Gang3:33
2."Steppin' Out"Ronald Bell, James Taylor & Kool & the Gang3:28
Get Down on It/Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It), De-Lite Records – DG2607:[5]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Get Down on It"James Taylor, Ronald Bell & Kool & the Gang3:33
2."Take My Heart (You Can Have It If You Want It)"Claydes Charles Smith, James Taylor & George Brown3:59

Charts[edit]

The song hit the top 10 of the US Pop and R&B charts in Billboard in early 1982. It entered the UK charts in December 1981 and reached number three, their highest-charting hit in the UK at that time. It spent a total of 12 weeks on the British play list. Ten years later, it was re-released in the UK charts – on the Mercury label – but only charted for a week (at number 69).

Charts for Eiffel 65 remix[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[20] 35
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 98

Cover versions[edit]

Peter Andre version[edit]

"Get Down on It"
1723351-peter-andre-get-down-on-it.jpg
Single by Peter Andre featuring Past to Present
from the album Natural
ReleasedFebruary 12, 1996
Recorded1995
Length4:47
LabelMelodian
Songwriter(s)Bell, Taylor, Brown, Hickens, Nash, Giftens, Thomas, Smith, West
Producer(s)Ashley Cadell
Peter Andre singles chronology
"Mysterious Girl"
(1995)
"Get Down on It"
(1996)
"Only One"
(1996)

"Get Down on It" was re-recorded and released as the third overall single from English-Australian singer Peter Andre's second studio album, Natural. The single features the band Past to Present and reached No. 5 in Australia and No. 1 in New Zealand, achieving Platinum status there in April 1996.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1 / Cassette 1

  1. "Get Down on It" (Single Version) – 3:39
  2. "Tell Me When" – 3:48
  3. "Get Down on It" (The One World Mix) – 3:48

CD 2 / Cassette 2

  1. "Get Down on It" (Single Version) – 3:39
  2. "Get Down on It" (The One World Mix) – 3:48
  3. "Get Down on It" (Instrumental) – 4:47
  4. "Get Down on It" (Extended Version) – 4:47
  5. "Get Down on It" (The Toyboy Mix) – 5:43
  6. "Get Down on It" (No Rap Version) – 4:47

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[22] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[23] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1996) Position
Australia (ARIA)[24] 43
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[25] 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[24] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[26] Platinum 10,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Blue version[edit]

"Get Down on It"
Blue Get Down On It.jpg
Single by Blue featuring Kool & the Gang and Lil' Kim
from the album Best of Blue
ReleasedJanuary 3, 2005
Length4:37
LabelInnocent, Virgin
Songwriter(s)Ronald Nathan Bell, Claydes Charles Smith, George Melvin Brown, James "J.T." Taylor, Robert Spike Mickens, Robert Earl Bell and Eumir Deodato
Producer(s)Ronald Bell, Leigh Guest, Damien Egan[27]
Blue singles chronology
"Curtain Falls"
(2004)
"Get Down on It"
(2005)
"Only Words I Know"
(2005)

In 2004, the British pop group Blue recorded the song as a collaboration with Kool & The Gang, and released it as the second single from their greatest hits compilation Best of Blue. This version also features American rapper Lil' Kim. Although the song did not chart in Blue's native United Kingdom, it became a moderate hit in mainland Europe, especially in Spain, where it reached number three and spent eight weeks in the top 20.

Track listings[edit]

European CD1[28]

  1. "Get Down on It" (radio edit) – 3:36
  2. "Get Down on It" (Obi & Josh mix) – 4:01

European CD2[29]

  1. "Get Down on It" (radio edit) – 3:36
  2. "Get Down on It" (Obi & Josh mix) – 4:01
  3. "Elements" – 3:40
  4. "Welcome to the Show" – 3:30
  5. "Ballad Medley" – 5:24
  6. Special content

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[27] 41
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[30] 24
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[31] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[32] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[33] 29
Greece (IFPI)[34] 27
Ireland (IRMA)[35] 47
Hungary (Single Top 40)[36] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[37] 96
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[38] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 35

Other versions and sampling[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1982". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  19. ^ "Talent in Action : Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 94 (51): TIA-20. December 25, 1982.
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  22. ^ "Peter Andre feat. Past To Present – Get Down On It". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved June 22, 2013.
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