Template:Infobox single "Steppin' Out" is a song written by Joe Jackson, originally included on his 1982 album, Night and Day.[1]

The song is about the anticipation and excitement of a night out on the town.[2] Released as a single in August 1982, it became Jackson's biggest Billboard Hot 100 hit in the U.S., peaking at number six.[1] It was his second biggest hit on the UK Singles Chart, also reaching number six.[1] Only "It's Different for Girls", which reached number five in the UK in 1980 did better.[3] The music video for the song, directed by Steve Barron, featured a housekeeper pretending she was a Cinderella figure. It was filmed over one night in the St. Regis Hotel in New York during the summer of 1982.[2]

"Steppin' Out" eventually earned Grammy nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.[4]

The song was covered by Fantastic Plastic Machine for his 1998 self-titled album. Gabriella Cilmi sampled the bassline on her 2010 song On a Mission.[5]

In 2002, "Steppin' Out" appeared in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, playing on pop radio station Flash FM. A loop of the instrumental portion of this song is used as the theme music for the WYES-TV (New Orleans, Louisiana) weekly arts and entertainment program, Steppin' Out.

The song is heard as background music in the 2009 film, L'affaire Farewell. It is used in a scene set in 1981, which predated the actual release of the song.

The song is covered by Stanley Jordan on his 2008 album "State of Nature"[6] and Kurt Elling on his 2011 album "The Gate".[7]

A snippet from the song appears at the end of a 2011 Target television commercial for Pedigree dog food.


  1. 1,0 1,1 1,2 Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 485–486. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. 2,0 2,1 "Steppin' Out" by Joe Jackson at
  3. Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 274. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. [(INGLESE) "Biography by William Ruhlmann"]. (INGLESE) Retrieved 4 May 2009. 
  5. Talking shop: Gabriella Cilmi BBC News, 28 January 2010
  6. State of Nature, Album review, Nov. 17, 2008.
  7. Kurt Elling: The Gate - review, Album review, Mar. 10, 2011.

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