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“That’s Entertainment” is a 1980 song by British punk/Mod Revivalist group The Jam from their fifth album, Sound Affects.

Paul Weller allegedly wrote it in around 15 minutes upon returning late one night from the pub.

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“That’s Entertainment” is probably The Jam’s best known and most acclaimed song; it is the group’s lone entry, at #306, on the list of the 500 greatest songs of all-time released by Rolling Stone in 2004. It consistently makes similar British lists of all-time great songs, such as BBC Radio 2’s Sold On Song 2004 Top 100, at #43.

It was never released as a domestic single in the UK during the band’s lifetime, but incredibly it made the charts as an import, backed by a live version of Down in the Tube Station at Midnight, peaking at #21. It was given its first full UK release in 1983 and peaked at #60. A second reissue in 1991 also made the Top 50.

Given today’s shared platforms and ease of cross-border purchasing, it would seem that the song will be the last ever to reach #1 in a country where it was never released as a single (import copies covered the shortfall). The Jam also owned the second-biggest selling import single in the UK, Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?, which would hit the charts at #8 in 1982. It is still considered surprising by Brits that the track made the Rolling Stone list, although the list appeared 24 years after the song’s release - this due to the band’s lack of visibility in America and their absence from such American lists previously.


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  • southstarmusic

    the best song ever written ??? just saying :)♫♥♫

    13 May 2014 Reply
  • mynameisecho


    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • mlproject

    absolute hammer. you can not fuck with this track.

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • uptherovers

    Surely one of the top 5 bands to come out of Woking (in the last 40 years)

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • wisaac5440

    Now "Thats Entertainment"!!!!!!!

    2 Jan 2014 Reply
  • kiteo

    Great production as well.

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • humph1


    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jomabbs

    I don't know what it is about this song, but it sums up my youth so well, with the despair of living in the seventies, with no hope for the foreseeable future.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mroberts60

    one of the best pieces of modern music......

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    Fab tune,(2)

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Drazba

    great song--how i remember the jam

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    Fab tune, Met Mr. Weller a few years ago in London. Tall, lovely and cool.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • GAD47

    toast! far away!

    10 Jan 2013 Reply
  • jambokaos87


    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Shaver76

    Just never get tired of this tune!

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • MCPino

    Pow. Right in the gut.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Monade2010

    ♥ (✿◠‿◠) ♥ •♫ ♪

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • micyvogod

    I wish I could keep ♥ing them!!!!!

    16 Oct 2012 Reply
  • illusionvalley

    It's almost not even worth saying since everyone knows it anyway: What a brilliant track. Musically engrossing from the beginning, it paints a vivid picture of another time and culture with effortless grace and a nonchalance that is all too relevant. It's funny, those characteristics of the drudgery of urban living that are emphasised in the track are those that remain (seemingly perpetually) relevant in our modern society. Timeless. Flawless.

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • JerryZola25

    one of the greatest songs of all time

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
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