M People – Moving On Up

M People – Moving on Up is the seventh overall single from British band M People, and the second single from their second album, Elegant Slumming (1993). Written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard and produced by M People, it was released on 13 September 1993.

The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, and was the biggest selling M People single. The song also became a Top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Billboard dance chart

Billboard wrote about the song: “Sometimes you can believe the hype. One of the top dance bands overseas right now gets a long-deserved shot at U.S. stardom with a finger-wavin’, no-nonsense jam. Lead by the oh-so-charismatic Heather Small, band deftly blends state-of-the-charts club trends with a reverence for classic Motown and R&B sounds. After one spin, you’ll be humming the chorus for a week, which is the mark of a true smash.”

Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report commented on the song: “Excitement about this uptempo winner is spreading fast and one listen should explain why.”

Music & Media wrote: “The ’90s will be type-cast as the age of retro, both in rock and in dance. These people restore Funky Town as the capital of good old disco. A floor filler annex airplay hit is born!”

“Moving on Up” proved to be M People’s biggest hit worldwide, but just reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart. The single was also a success in Switzerland, Sweden and Netherlands. It also topped the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States in 1994. It is also M People’s only single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching number 34.

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