" is a 1987 single by Bob Seger
that is from the soundtrack of the film Beverly Hills Cop II
. The music was written by Harold Faltermeyer
, who wrote the score for the film, and Keith Forsey
, and the lyrics by Seger.
The music video
featured scenes from the film intercut with Seger and the band performing it, with some members approaching glam metal
moves. "Shakedown" became a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100
, Seger's only such top mark singles-wise, as well as the Album Rock Tracks
chart, where it became his second number-one hit, spending four weeks at the top. In Canada, it went to number one as well, topping the RPM 100
national singles chart on August 1 of the same year.
In 1988, "Shakedown" was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Song
and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song
, but it lost both awards to Dirty Dancing
's " The Time of My Life
". At the 60th Academy Awards
, "Shakedown" was performed by Little Richard
Cover versions by an uncredited artist appeared in two episodes of the animated series The Game Master
. However, due to legal issues, these songs have been edited out of the DVD releases of the show.