BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #633: ‘SHAKEDOWN’ BOB SEGER – AUGUST 1, 1987

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Billboard #1 Hits: #633: ‘Shakedown’- Bob Seger. August 1, 1987. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘Shakedown’- Bob Seger
  • Record Company- MCA
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Forsey and Bob Seger
  • Time: 4:03
  • B-side: ‘The Aftermath’
  • Album- Beverly Hills Cop II
  • Grade: D
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

While I am not a big Seger fan- it is sad that when he finally has a #1 hit- it’s not one of his better songs like say ‘Night Moves’ but rubbish like ‘Shakedown’ one of his worst songs. The 1980’s the top of the charts loved soundtrack songs and without question the reason this went to #1 was the fact it was a song from the hit movie Beverly Hills Cop II. This song was originally to be done by The Eagles Glenn Fry- but he didn’t like the lyrics and got laryngitis and the song was given to Seger to sing. What does it say about the song when even Glenn Fry didn’t like it?

2 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #633: ‘SHAKEDOWN’ BOB SEGER – AUGUST 1, 1987

  1. I think Frey also noticed it sounded a whole lot like “The Heat is On.” Not an atrocious song but not all that memorable by any means and it’s a shame (BUT a great trivia question) that this was his only real #1 song.

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