Move On Up

Album: Curtis (1970)
Charted: 12
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  • Mayfield was leader of the R&B group The Impressions before releasing the album Curtis, which was his first as a solo artist. Many of his songs are rooted in gospel music, which is apparent on this track. Here, Mayfield encourages listeners to get the most out of life and try to be the best regardless of any obstacles in the way. Mayfield's songs were often targeted to the black community and addressed their specific problems, but this song is more universal in message.
  • Mayfield was a rare soul singer who had nearly complete creative control of his music. He was a highly regarded guitarist, and like Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, he wrote and produced most of his songs, including this one.
  • Kanye West based his 2007 track "Touch The Sky" on this song, utilizing the distinctive horn section and keeping the same lyrical theme.
  • This song was used in 2005 commercials for Toyota vehicles.
  • Popular covers of this song were recorded by Destination, Trickster and The Jam.
  • Movies that have used this song include Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Comedian (2002), Semi-Pro (2008), Accidental Love (2015) and Barbershop: The Next Cut (2016).
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Comments: 4

  • Ebony from PhiladelphiaMove on up was also used in Bend It Like Beckham. My son LOVES this song!
  • Daan from Santpoort-noord, NetherlandsOne of the best songs ever written, is it even possible to not move your body while listening to this song?:)
  • Sam from Seattle, WaThis was also used during the end of the movie "Semi-Pro" staring Will Ferrell.
  • John from Nashville, Tn"Move On Up" was one of the songs used in Barak Obama's presidential campaign.
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