Neutron Dance

Neutron Dance
"Neutron Dance"
Single by Pointer Sisters
from the album Break Out
A-side Neutron Dance
B-side Telegraph Your Love
Released December 30, 1984
Format 7" single
Recorded 1983
Genre Dance, R&B, New Wave
Length 3:53
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Allee Willis and Danny Sembello
Producer Richard Perry
Pointer Sisters singles chronology
"I'm So Excited"
"Jump (For My Love)"
"Baby Come and Get It"

"Neutron Dance" is a dance/R&B/New Wave song from the Pointer Sisters. Released from their album Break Out in 1984, the song hit the US Top 10, peaking at number six on the Billboard chart, and was also featured in the Eddie Murphy motion picture Beverly Hills Cop.

It became the group's fourth top ten single in a row from "Break Out." A video of the song was in heavy rotation on MTV at the time. Released at the height of the Cold War, the song was misinterpreted by the Russian Government as a song about nuclear war.[1]



Track listings

7" single

  1. Neutron Dance 3:53
  2. Telegraph Your Love 4:02


Chart (1984/85) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 4
UK Singles Chart 31
Canadian Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 18
Austrian Singles Chart 19
Swiss Singles Chart 14[2]
Dutch Top 40 21
Swedish Singles Chart 7
New Zealand Singles Chart 17
Australian Singles Chart 4
Preceded by
"I Want to Know What Love Is " by Foreigner
Canadian RPM number-one single
March 16, 1985
Succeeded by
"One More Night" by Phil Collins

Popular culture

  • The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is known for naming each episode after an '80s hit song, named an episode after this song.
  • In The Golden Girls episode "You Gotta Have Hope", the song is performed by The Del Rubio Triplets as "The Donnatello Triplets", a trio of gold-clad, guitar-playing, country singing sisters while auditioning for a talent show that Dorothy Zbornak, Rose Nylund and Blanche Devereaux are organizing. The Del Rubio Triplets recorded their cover of "Neutron Dance" for their 1988 album Three Gals, Three Guitars.
  • The Pointer Sisters appeared lip-syncing to the song and dancing with the Main Street Electrical Parade floats and performers during Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration television special in 1985.


2. Referenced in P.M. Dawn's 1991 single Set Adrift On Memory Bliss