Centerfold (song)

"Centerfold" is a single released by The J. Geils Band from their album Freeze Frame. The song is about a man who is shocked to discover that his high school crush appeared in a centerfold spread for an unspecified men's magazine.[1] The song's narrator is torn between conflicting feelings: his disappointment due to her loss of innocence, and his lust until the end of the song.[1]

Single by The J. Geils Band
from the album Freeze Frame
B-side"Rage in the Cage"
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1981
FormatVinyl record (7")
GenreDance-rock, new wave
5:01 (12")
LabelEMI America
Songwriter(s)Seth Justman
Producer(s)Seth Justman
The J. Geils Band singles chronology
"Just Can't Wait"

It was released in autumn 1981, and eventually went to Number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in February 1982, and stayed there for six weeks. It was the first single released from the album Freeze Frame and was an early staple on MTV. It also peaked at Number 1 in Australia and Canada.

In February 1982, after the song hit No. 1 in the US, "Centerfold" peaked at No. 3 in the UK Top 40, earning The J. Geils Band their only major hit single in the UK, although follow-up "Freeze-Frame" was a minor hit. The song is one of the on-disc songs on the 2010 music video game Rock Band 3.

In 2018, the song was ranked at No. 66 on Billboard's All Time Top Songs.[2]

Chart performance

See also


  1. Dean, M. (2003). Rock N Roll Gold Rush: A Singles Un-Cyclopedia. Algora. p. 330. ISBN 978-0-87586-207-1.
  2. "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  3. "Australia No. 1 hits -- 1980's". World Charts. Archived from the original on 9 January 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  4. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Centerfold". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  5. "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  6. Steffen Hung. "Forum – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  7. "Item Display – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  8. 40, Stichting Nederlandse Top. "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1982".
  9. "Top Selling Singles of 1982 – The Official New Zealand Music Chart".
  10. Rees, Dafydd; Lazell, Barry; Jones, Alan (1983). "The Top 100 UK Singles". Chart File Volume 2. London, England: Virgin Books. pp. 80–81. ISBN 0-907080-73-1.
  11. "Top 100 Hits of 1982/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Retrieved 2016-10-17.
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