This is the title track of English garage band The Jim Jones Revue's second album. The band's namesake and singer told the story behind the song in an interview with Spinner: "I got the title from a friend, a mad Irish poet named Mark Newell. He got it from a dream he had of me. When I was getting ideas together for the album I thought it'd be cool to use it. It's a great one to perform. It's got plenty of room for manoeuvre."
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was the most successful digital track of 2007 in the US with 2,909,000 downloads. On January 6, 2008 it became the first song ever to sell 3 million digital copies in the States.
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.