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"Going Underground" is the first British number-one chart single by The Jam, released in March 1980. It went straight in at number one in the UK Singles Chart,[1] a rare feat at the time, and spent three weeks at the top.[2] It was the first of three instant chart-toppers for the group.



  • 1 Song profile
  • 2 Parody
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Song profile[edit][]

"Going Underground" was not released on any of the band's six studio albums, although it has appeared on many compilations and re-releases since then. The single's B-side was "Dreams of Children", which had originally been intended to be the A-side; following a mix-up at the pressing plant, the single became a double-A-side, and DJs tended to choose the more melodic "Going Underground" to play on the radio.

In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Going Underground" at number 73 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks, and in October 2006 placed it at number 98 in their list of the 100 Greatest Songs Ever.


Comedy band Amateur Transplants released a one-minute parody titled 'London Underground' in 2005, in the light of the December strike. It became a popular download in the United Kingdom.