G.O.A.T.-ROCKIT by Herbie Hancock (1983)

THE GREATEST OF ALL TUNES (G.O.A.T.) is a series of posts, producing my 100 favorite songs of all time.  The master list is here, and I update it about every two weeks or when I have another 10 songs or so.

Today, I’m adding the first instrumental to the list.  I’m also reordering it a bit. I’m realizing I put Alanis too high.  More on that later.

Herbie Hancock was a titan of jazz when he released the synth/drum machine instrumental, “Rockit” in 1983, on his experimental album Future Shock. It fused hip hop, with scratching by hip hop pioneer GrandMixer DST, and became that rare example of a wordless #1 Billboard Club Hit.

But watch the video…It’s cool as fuck.

Further listening: I don’t like jazz, so I can’t say anything here.


First of all, I had put Alanis Morissette at #9 but I’m finding it doesn’t warrant that high a rating.  (But it also makes me see I don’t have any other women on this list.  Better rectify that, STAT!)

So I’m pushing Alanis to #14.  And Hancock ranks down at #15, right below it.  Here’s the relevant part of the list, and you can find the most recent updated page on this here.

14. Grindin’ by Clipse (2002) (link)
15. Ironic by Alanis Morissette (1995) (link)
16. Rockit by Henry Hancock (1983)
17. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum (1969) (link)

Covers: Not many. Mostly remixes. I included a ridiculously oversped dub version below.

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