Radio 52, side B, track 6: “Jump” by Van Halen, #62 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Van Halen - JumpOh, Van Halen, if there’s anyone surprised that this song made it onto the countdown as one of the top 90 songs of the ’80s, they are clearly from another planet.  In fact, an extra-terrestrial may have put this countdown together anyway since they only had this song at #62.  This is quintessential you, Van Halen, and it’s quintessential ’80s rock.  If I was indeed going to be speaking to an extra-terrestrial, and I was charged with bringing with me only a handful of songs that represented music from our planet and its different permutations throughout the decades (because that would obviously be a priority for any goodwill mission with extra-terrestrials), this would be the song I would pick to represent ’80s rock.  I would also make the crew play this any time we were about to jump into hyperspace.

I don’t know how this post turned into this weird sci-fi thing but I do know that you guys are the awesome.

End transmission.

“Jump”

<awesome Van Halen jam>

I get up

And nothin’ gets me down

You got it tough

I seen the toughest around

And I know

Baby, just how you feel

You got ta ro-o-oll with the punches
Ta get to what’s real

Ah, can’t ya see me standin’ here, I got my back against the record machine

I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen

Ah, can’t ya see what I meeeean?

Ah, might as well jump (jump!)

Might as well jump

Go ahead, jump (jump!)

Go ahead and jump

Aaa-oh!
Hey you!
Who said that?
Baby, how you been?

Ya say you don’t kno-o-woah, you won’t know
Until you begin

So can’t ya see me standin’ here, I got my back against the record machine

I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen

Ah, can’t ya see what I meeeeeeeeean?

Ah, might as well jump (jump!)

Go ahead and jump

Might as well jump (jump!)

Go ahead and jump

Jump!

<awesome Van Halen jam>

Might as well jump (jump!)

Go ahead and jump

Get it and jump (jump!)

Go ahead and jump

Jump!

Jump!

Jump!

Jump!

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  1. […] Radio 52, side B, track 6: “Jump” by Van Halen, #62 on The Top 90 of the ’80s. […]

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