Joe Jackson

Steppin' Out

Composed by Joe Jackson

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Easily the most well known single released by Jackson, “Steppin’ Out” is a mélange of simple piano hooks, rudimentary electronic treatment and classic vocal pop. A meditation on the necessity of goin’ out to make life a little more exciting, “Steppin’ Out” is recognizable immediately with a rhythm track that is quaint in its simplicity and driving enough to invoke images of the big city at night. While it can be argued that it borders on adult alternative, it’s classier than that. While lots artists in the early eighties had tacked on to the money bags that ‘softer’ rock brought, guys like Paul Davis and Air Supply were schmaltzy, maudlin song writers who went for the lowest common denominator. Jackson, on the other hand, was able to sculpt solid pop rooted in traditional pop morays whilst rising about platitudes and cliché and release songs that were catchy, emotional, and heartfelt without getting all saccharin.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Night and Day 1982 48500 / A&M 4:19
Live 1980/86 1988 A&M / Interscope 5:39
Stepping Out: The Very Best of Joe Jackson 1990 Polydor / PolyGram 4:24
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Oldgold/Im 3:46
Hits Der 80's, Vol. 2 1994
Various Artists
BMG International 4:34
100% Summer Jazz 1995
Various Artists
Alex 4:25
No Image 1996 A&M
Greatest Hits 1996 A&M 4:18
This Is It! The A&M Years 1997 Polygram 4:22
More Music from the Motion Picture: Romy & Michele's High School Reunion 1997
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 4:19
Double Feature: Romy & Michele's/More Romy & Michele's 1997
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 4:19
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1982 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 4:21
Now: 1983 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin/EMI 3:45
Modern Rock: Cutting Edge 80's 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Classic Joe Jackson: The Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal / Universal International 4:19
Night & Day/Body & Soul 2001 Universal Distribution / Universal 4:23
Music of the Year: 1983 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:13
The Collection 2001 Fontana / Hip-O / PolyGram 4:13
I Want My 80's Box 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:22
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Joe Jackson 2001 A&M / Uptown/Universal 4:21
Steppin' Out: The Very Best of Joe Jackson 2001 A&M / Universal Music 4:22
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:47
Pacha, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 5:21
Music of the Millennium, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Easy, Vol. 3 2002
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:24
Casey Kasem Presents: America's Top Ten - The 80's New Wave 2003
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 4:22
The Piano and the Song 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:00
KKSF 103.7 FM Sampler for AIDS Relief, Vol. 14 2003
Various Artists
KKSF / KKS 4:17
The  Ultimate Collection 2003 Universal Distribution / CCM 4:24
Singers And Songwriters: All Through The 80s 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Afterlife 2004 Rykodisc / WEA 4:25
80's, Vol. 2 [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Friends Reunited: Music of the Year 1983 2004
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
80's Navi 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Naughty But Nice 2005
Various Artists
Family Recordings 4:11
Universal Masters Collection 2005 Universal Distribution
The Best of Joe Jackson [DVD] 2005 A&M
Pop Songs: Songs & Piano 2006
Various Artists
Som Livre
No Image 2006 A&M
Very Best of Joe Jackson 2006 Universal International 4:13
'80s Dance Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:23
Steppin' Out: The A&M Years, 1979-89 2007 Universal Distribution
Colour Collection 2007 Universal Music 4:19
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of 80's Pop 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:21
12" 80's Love 2008
Various Artists
Family Recordings 4:13
Gold 2008 Mercury 4:20
The 80s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 4:18
Dad's Jukebox 2008
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 4:13
Totally '80s for Kids 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:46
Driving Songs: The Ultimate Collection 2008
Various Artists
Ultimate / Ultimate Entertainment 4:11
100 Hits: Drive Time 2008
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:18
100 Eighties Classics 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:15
Live at the BBC 2009 Polydor / Universal / Spectrum Music / UMGI / Universal International 4:51
Classic Joe Jackson 2009 Spectrum/A&M / Universal Music 4:20
Total 80s Pop 2010
Various Artists
Universal 4:19
Collected [Universal] 2010 Universal 4:25
Live Music: Europe 2010 2011 Razor & Tie 4:51
The Ultimate Collection: 80s Pop - 100 Hits 2011
Various Artists
Ultimate 4:13
My Songs 2011
Various Artists
UMTV 4:00
Greatest Ever! Chartbusters 2012
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 4:14
Live at Rockpalast 2012 MIG 4:45
A&M 50: The Anniversary Collection 2012
Various Artists
A&M 4:22
105 Friends '80: Gli Ottantoni Di Ross & Tony 2012
Various Artists
Time 4:15
Anthems Electronic 80's, Vol. 3 2012
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:13
Latest & Greatest Running Songs 2013
Various Artists
Union Square 3:59
Greatest Ever!: Eighties: The Definitive Collection [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 4:14
Yacht Rock 2014
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:22
'80s Groove: The Ultimate Collection 2015
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 4:01
Sing Street [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2016
Original Soundtrack
Decca / Sing Street 4:16
101 80s Hits [Spectrum]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
Best of Rockpalast
Various Artists
Made in Germany / MIG 4:34
Fade to Grey: 1980-1984
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:21
Greatest Ever! 80s Road Trip
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Greatest Ever! Power Pop
Various Artists
USM Media
The Best '80s Hits Collection
Various Artists
Universal 4:21
The Best of 1982: 20th Century Masters
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 4:22
Top of the Pops 1980-1984
Various Artists
Universal
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