Sledgehammer is a single off of Peter Gabriel’s hit record So, which was released in 1986.
If you are a child of the 1970s or 1980s, you may have watched this video on MTV. According to Songfacts, Sledgehammer is the most played music video of all time on MTV. When MTV counted down the Greatest Music Videos of All Time, it ranked number 4 on the list. The three songs that beat it out were Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit, Madonna‘s Vogue, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
In 1987, Sledgehammer was nominated for 10 awards (a record) at the 1987 MTV Music Video Awards. It won 9 of them!
Fun Fact – My best friend who I met at college would do anything to ensure I didn’t get a good night’s sleep. He would often get out of bed and blast Sledgehammer real loud and dance around the room. This song is definitely one we play on the TouchTunes machine at the bar when we get together for beers at happy hour.