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"Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
Single by Soulja Boy Tell 'Em
from the album
Released May 2, 2007 (U.S.)
December 17, 2007 (UK)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop Rap
Length 3:42
Label Collipark Music, Interscope, Stacks on Deck Entertainment, HHH
Writer(s) DeAndre Way
Producer Soulja Boy Tell 'Em
Certification 4× Platinum (RIAA)[1]
Soulja Boy Tell 'Em singles chronology
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
"Soulja Girl"
Music video
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" at YouTube

"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" is the debut single by American rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em from his debut album It spent eight weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2007. The song is recognized by its looping steel pan riff. The song was originally produced on the program FL Studio before being later reproduced. In 2009 it was named the 23rd most successful song of the 2000s, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[2]

"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" is the number 21 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[3] The song received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song at the 50th Grammy Awards.

The song achieved international success; so far, it has peaked at number two on the Top 40 Singles Chart in New Zealand.[4] In the UK, the song peaked at number two when the track was released physically on December 17.[5]

The remix version by Travis Barker was been featured in a trailer for Fast & Furious. It also has been played regularly at University of Miami home football games.


Chart performance

The song debuted at #47 on the issue dated July 28, 2007. The song reached #28 the following week and reached the summit on September 15, 2007, where it stayed for two weeks before it was replaced by "Stronger" by Kanye West. It replaced the song again on October 6, 2007, staying at the top of the Hot 100 for another five weeks, making it a number-one single for a total of seven weeks. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" has so far sold over 4,183,000 digital downloads in the United States to date, becoming the third highest-downloaded song in the United States.[6]

Music video

The video directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini begins in the "ColliPark Residence" with two children imitating the Soulja Boy dance. Mr. Collipark takes a keen interest in the children's movements, leading him to contact Soulja Boy in an attempt to sign him up to "Collipark Records". His instinct is confirmed when he notices a number of people popularizing the dance, en route to meeting with Soulja Boy. The video ranked at #1 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 countdown. This video was premiered on BET's 106 & Park on August 9, 2007. The music video features Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Omarion, Unk, Baby D, Jibbs, Rich Boy, Arab and several dancers doing the signature "Soulja Boy Dance." The video for this song does not illustrate the act of sexual abuse described within its lyrics. This song was #1 in BET: Notarized Top 100 Videos of 2008 countdown.

YouTube phenomenon

A large number of "remixes" of the video, featuring the original audio track and video taken from cartoons such as Bambi,[7] SpongeBob SquarePants,[8] The Simpsons,[9] Southpark,[10] and Dora the Explorer,[11] also appeared on Youtube at the time of the track's success.[12] He has been doing the "Crank Dat Billie Jean" on famous website But he is famously known for Crank Dat Soulja Boy. Some people use his name like the official page of Soulja Girl and Soulja boy on famous website


Chart (2007/2008) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[13] 3
Canadian Hot 100[14] 5
French Singles Chart 8
Irish Singles Chart[14] 3
New Zealand Singles Chart[14] 2
UK Singles Chart[14] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks[15] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[15] 1
Preceded by
"Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
September 15, 2007 - September 22, 2007 (first run)
October 6, 2007 - November 3, 2007 (second run)
Succeeded by
"Stronger" by Kanye West (first run)
"Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown featuring T-Pain (second run)
Preceded by
UK R&B Chart number-one single
January 6, 2008 - January 19, 2008
Succeeded by
"Superstar" by Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos



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  2. ^ "Hot 100 Decade Songs". Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  3. ^ No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
  4. ^ "New Zealand Top 40 - Music Charts". 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  5. ^ "UK Music Charts | The Official UK Top 75 Singles: Week of Mon 11 Feb - Yahoo! Music UK". Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  6. ^ Week Ending May 17, 2009: Three Days Is Plenty For Green Day Yahoo Music Blog (written by Paul Grein): Retrived May 20, 2009
  7. ^ Crank Dat Soulja Boy - Bambi 2 at YouTube
  8. ^ spongebob (crank dat spiderman) at YouTube
  9. ^ Crank Dat Homer Simpsons at YouTube
  10. ^ South Park-Crank dat soulja boy at YouTube
  11. ^ Dora the Explorer (Crank Dat Soulja Boy) at YouTube
  12. ^ Mason, Matt (10 May 2008), "Piracy is remixing culture and capitalism", The Guardian,,,2278509,00.html .
  13. ^ ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart. ARIA Charts. Retrieved on February 4, 2008.
  14. ^ a b c d "Soulja Boy - Crank That (soulja Boy) worldwide chart positions and trajectories". Retrieved October 20, 2007.
  15. ^ a b c d Artist Chart History - Soulja Boy Tell Em Billboard
  16. ^ "I Set My Friends on Fire". ilikemusic. 2008-04-29. Retrieved 2008-10-16. 

Simple English

"Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
Single by Soulja Boy Tell'Em
from the album
Released May 2 2007 (U.S.)
December 17 2007 (UK)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop rap, snap
Length 3:42
Label Collipark Music, Interscope, Stacks on Deck Entertainment, HHH
Writer(s) DeAndre Way
Producer Soulja Boy
Certification 3× Platinum (RIAA)[1]
Soulja Boy Tell'Em singles chronology

"Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
"Soulja Girl"

Crank That (Soulja Boy) is a song by Soulja Boy (also known as Soulja Boy Tell 'em ). The song has reached number one (meaning it is the most popular song in the country) in the United States [2] and has entered the top 10 (meaning it is popular, but not popular enough to get to number 1) in Australia[3], Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


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