"Knock on Wood" is a 1966 hit song written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper and originally performed by Eddie Floyd.[2] The Eddie Floyd version peaked at #28 on the Hot 100 and spent one week at #1 on the Soul Singles chart.[3]

The song has been frequently covered, first by Otis Redding and Carla Thomas (1967), and with charting singles by David Bowie (1974), Amii Stewart (1979),Razzy Bailey (1984), Eric Clapton (1985), Safri Duo feat. Clark Anderson (2004). The German Techno band Scooter made a half-cover of the song entitled "The Avenger's Back" on their 2004 album Mind The Gap. The song is also featured in the movie "Satisfaction" as performed by Justine Bateman and The Mystery.


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David Bowie[edit]Edit

David Bowie's 1974 single is taken from the live album David Live.

  1. "Knock on Wood" (FloydCropper) — 3:03
  2. "Panic in Detroit" (Bowie) — 5:52
Chart (1974) Peak


Irish Singles Chart[4] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[5] 10
UK (Official Charts Company)[6] 10


Amii Stewart[edit]Edit

The most successful version of "Knock On Wood" was recorded by Amii Stewart who made a disco version of the song in 1979. It was Stewart's debut single and reached number one in the U.S. charts in April 1979, as well as charting on the soul singles and disco charts, becoming the best-known version of the song.[1] The song was co-produced by Simon May. It also reached the Top 10 twice in the UK, first in 1979 (#6) and a remixed version reached #7 in 1985. Stewart's version was also featured in the 1998 film The Last Days of Disco.

Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1979) Peak


Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 20
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[9] 1
Canadian RPM Disco Singles[10] 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[11] 1
France (SNEP)[12] 2
Germany (Media Control Charts)[13] 13
Irish Singles Chart[4] 15
Italy (FIMI)[14] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 3
South African Chart[18] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 2
UK (Official Charts Company)[21] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[22] 1
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Club Play[22] 5
U.S. BillboardHot R&B Singles[22] 6
Chart (1985) Knock on Wood/Light my Fire (Remix) Peak


Belgium (Ultratop 50)[23] 32
UK (Official Charts Company)[21] 7
Irish Singles Chart[4] 6
Chart (1999) Knock on Wood '99 Peak


France (SNEP)[12] 73

Larry Carlton[edit]Edit

Larry Carlton covered this song for his album, Discovery in 1986.[24]

Guy Sebastian[edit]Edit

In August 2007, Australian soul singer Guy Sebastian recorded a tribute version of "Knock on Wood" at Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee for his album of soul classics The Memphis AlbumSteve Cropper played on and produced this track with many of the original members of the Stax House Band including Donald "Duck" Dunn, Lester Snell, Steve Potts.

Razzy Bailey[edit]Edit

In 1984, a version by Razzy Bailey made number 29 on Hot Country Songs.

Eric Clapton[edit]Edit

Eric Clapton covered this song in his album Behind the Sun in 1985.

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