“Shout” is an American popular song, originally recorded by the Isley Brothers. Released in 1959, it was written by the brothers themselves as a call and response answer to Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Teardrops”, which they would occasionally cover in live performances.
While the song did not reach higher than #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, it became their first gold single on the basis of its longevity and became a much-covered tune, with many U.S. and international artists recording the song. Just one month after the initial release Johnny O’Keefe covered it in his Australian TV show Six O’Clock Rock reaching #3 in Australia. He re-recorded the song in 1964, but it was only a minor hit. Joey Dee and the Starlighters reached #6 with their recording of the song in 1962 (the Starlighters also worked the call-and-response portion of the song into its even bigger hit, “Peppermint Twist”), while the Isley Brothers’ version re-charted that same year at #94.
Scottish pop singer Lulu had a #7 UK hit with the song in 1964 (attributed to Lulu and the Luvvers), and a #8 UK hit with a re-recorded version in 1986. The Shangri-Las included a version of the song in their debut LP Leader of the Pack in 1965 as did the Kingsmen on their Volume 3 album in 1965 and 15 Great Hits album in 1966. Tommy James and the Shondells recorded a version of the song on their 1967 album, I Think We’re Alone Now.
The song, as performed by Otis Day and the Knights, was also prominently featured in the 1978 comedy film National Lampoon’s Animal House. To this day, the song is regularly performed at Dartmouth College, the Ivy League institution in Hanover, New Hampshire upon which the Animal House story was based. The 1959 original by the Isley Brothers appeared in the 1982 comedy film Diner. Question Mark & the Mysterians recorded a version of the song on their 1967 album, Action. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1996 album Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes with Simon providing the lead vocals. The Beatles included a live version of the song on their 1996 rarites compilation, Anthology 1. American rock group Bon Jovi has covered this song live preceded by “Bad Medicine”. American punk rock band Green Day performed the song on their 2005 live album Bullet in a Bible after “King for a Day”. Also Bruce Springsteen often performs this song live in a medley with “Twist and Shout”. Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) and Brittany Pierce (Heather Morris) performed the song in the 2013 Glee episode “Girls (and Boys) On Film”. Robbie Williams performed the song as part of a “Call & Response Medley” on his Swings Both Ways tour in 2014, along with “Reet Petite” and “Hit the Road Jack”.
The song was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. It ranked #118 on Rolling Stone ’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.