Now, jumping is a very basic form of exercise, and this is part of my attempt to find songs to motivate people to exercise (and by people, I mean me). Skipping is simple, a little mini-trampoline is good for in-house jogging and there are a heap of other exercises you can do with one, a full-sized trampoline is very aerobic. And then there's burpees, jumping jacks/star jumps, twisting jumps and all manner of other jumping exercises. Even some dancing can be considered jumping, but in time to music.
Jumping is a great exercise to include in your programme… and there are so many songs about jumping. So very many! And this list is only going to include songs from my own collection, and that list has had to be culled to make this a manageable column. I know there are probably other great "jump" songs that I simply do not own, so sorry for that but please feel free to add them in the comments section below.
So, musically, jumping is apparently very popular. And so, here's some songs to get you in the mood!
For jumping, I mean. The mood for jumping.
Rules: one song per artist. Jump must be in the title. And it must be at least sort of about jumping in one form or another. So 'Jump In My Car' by The Ted Mulry Gang does not qualify. Sorry. So… The songs.
'Jumpin' Jack Flash' by The Rolling Stones (1968)
This song is one of the best in the incredibly large Rolling Stones discography, and certainly one of the most danceable they released. Between Jagger's delivery of the lyrics and the band's tight playing behind Richards' awesome guitar licks, this is a genuine classic of the rock genre and I don't care what anyone else says.
'Jump Into The Fire' by Nilsson (1971)
John Lennon's 1970s running buddy released a heap of great songs; in fact, he is one of the more underrated songwriters by the general community. Having said that, this is one of his early songs and the lyrics are not the best, but the music… wow! I like me good lyrics but sometimes the music can overtake that.
'Jumpin' Jive' by Joe Jackson (1981)
This cover of a Cab Calloway song is really well done and sounds even better live. Simple, really. He clearly likes the song (it comes from an album of covers of 1940s songs) and while Cab's version is fantastic, there's just something about Jackson that I really like.
'Jump' by Loverboy (1981)
A pretty straight forward rock song, from a band that had a few charting singles in their career. This is the sort of music that would lead, eventually, to poodle rock. But, before then, they had some really good rock albums, and this is one those tracks no-one except people like me remember. Love those little synth punctuation marks, by the way. So, I present you a jump song from Loverboy. You're welcome.
Oh, come on, you knew this song was going to be here. When you read the title, this was probably one of the first songs you thought of. And that's good – it is a singularly awesome song. Van Halen adopting synthesisers to such great effect, while still letting their rock sensibilities come through, this song enabled Van Halen to cross-over from a rock audience to a mainstream audience, and they stayed there even through a change of lead singer. For many people, Van Halen started here; that is a fair enough starting point, to be honest.
'Jumpin' The Gun' by Meat Loaf (1984)
From the album Bad Attitude that only fans like me remember, this is one of the highlights from what is actually quite the decent album. While not written by Jim Steinman, it is still a good rocking song that goes along with Meat Loaf's trademark vocals and some good musicianship behind him.
'Jump (For My Love)' by The Pointer Sisters (1984)
When this song came out, I was not a fan, but after a few years – and subsequently hearing it at Blue Light Discos – yeah, I could get behind it. It's a fun little 1980s dance tune that, when you hear it with a bunch of other 1980s teenagers, can't help but make you get up onto the floor. I even own a 12" dance mix of it. It's fun.
'Jump In The River' by Sinead O'Connor (1988)
A song that is a little depressing, but I love O'Connor's voice and this, from early in her career, is a great tune. A song about doing whatever a lover asks, including jumping into the river, it is quite well-written. Her voice is whispered here, but I do love the sound of it. Another forgotten gem.
'Jump Back Baby' by The Angels (1990)
Yes, one of my favourite local bands with a song off the wonderful Beyond Salvation album, an album I reviewed for a local magazine back in the day (thirty years ago!). The Angels played straight-ahead pub rock, no matter what the prevailing trends, and that is a big reason why I loved them so much. I believe they were touring this album one of the last times I saw them live. Doc Neeson was "the man".
'Jump' by Kriss Kross (1992)
This is my least favourite song here, but I have included it as a favour to a friend, and then, listening to it for this column… yeah, it's fine. I can see it filling dance floors like the Pointer Sisters' song, so it is definitely a song I can see getting people up to move and jump. And can we all be thankful that the trend of wearing clothing backwards never really caught on.
'Jump Around' by House Of Pain (1992)
And then we come to what is probably the greatest jump song ever recorded! Early hip-hop (and rap), from the twentieth century, I think stands up so much better than modern examples of the genres because of tracks like this which just tell you to jump around and have fun doing it. This song has become the St Patrick's theme song in many places, and who can blame them? It is a fun track and really makes you want to get up and, well, "jump around."
'Jump They Say' by David Bowie (1993)
David Bowie was an amazing songwriter, and this song about conforming to societal pressure is one of the good ones. This is a really good track, with great music, embracing trends that were fashionable at the time without sounding like he was stuck in that era, as well as strong lyrics, and Bowie is still sorely missed.
'Jump, Jive An' Wail' by The Brian Setzer Orchestra (1998)
A Louis Prima song from the 1950s, I am such a huge fan of Brian Setzer that I could not resist putting this version of the track here. Like so much of this sort of big band music, it is great for getting up and dancing or, at the very least, setting the foot a-tappin'. Great song.
'Jump 'N' Shout' by Basement Jaxx feat. John Slarta (1999)
I really don't know why, but I find myself enjoying a lot of the Basement Jaxx tracks I hear. Maybe it's the music, maybe it's the beat, but I really don't care. They produce good tunes and this is one of them, another song that makes you want to get up and just move to the music. I still occasionally use this song as a workout track.
'Jump' by Simple Plan (2004)
In general, I do find Simple Plan's music to be asinine and too juvenile, even for me. However, that does not mean some of their songs are not decent. And this is one of their better ones, saying that if life is getting you down, get up and do something. The jump is not a call to suicide, which has been stated online but to just do things. Not a bad song, all told.
And there you are, 15 songs to get you to jump and exercise and move. If your resolution is to exercise more but you are stuck at home with a second wave (or third wave or…) of lockdown, then jumping might be your best bet to get a good cardio workout.
But, whatever, keep healthy, keep safe and you be you. Hope you enjoyed the music.