Good Vibrations (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch song)
Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s song “Good Vibrations” is a hit in the United States. It was released as the first single from their debut album, Music for the People, in July 1991. (1991). In the United States, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland, the song reached number one. The song spent twenty weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, jumping 40 spots to number 27 in its final week before being dropped the following week.
Amir Shakir (credited on the CD as “Spice”) co-wrote “Good Vibrations” with his good pals Donnie and Mark Wahlberg. Amir also wrote and produced “Wildside” and three other songs for Mark Wahlberg’s debut album, as well as four tracks for his follow-up. The song “Good Vibrations” includes a sample of Loleatta Holloway singing “Love Sensation,” which was written by Dan Hartman, and Hartman was given co-writer credit on later Wahlberg releases. Holloway makes an appearance in the music video, singing the chorus.
“But his ready-for-video buffed body and good looks, combined with energetic dance beats and Loleatta Holloway’s diva-esque vocals, made for a smash pop hit,” according to Bill Lamb of About.com. Mark Wahlberg had a history of run-ins with the law as a teenager, “but his ready-for-video buffed body and good looks, combined with energetic dance beats and Loleatta Holloway’s diva-esque vocal  The rapper’s “aggressively delivered raps were fairly simplistic, but not humorous,” according to AllMusic editor Steve Huey. “One of the main hooks was a simple piano sample that rose, descended, and reascended.” “Good Vibrations” was “by far the most contagious tune Marky Mark ever recorded,” he added.  It was chosen as one of Billboard magazine’s “select tunes” from the Music for the People album, featuring “canny sampling” and Marky Mark “into Vanilla Ice territory with a lightweight pop/rap song.”
The song was accompanied by a black-and-white music video. Marky Mark, 20, was seen working out and boxing barechested and making out with a girl on a bed in the video. Micky Ward, a boxer, is credited with assisting with the boxing technique and training for this video. Micky Ward was initially introduced to Mark Wahlberg when he was 18 years old, and he subsequently played him in the 2010 film The Fighter. David Horgan produced the music video, which was directed by Scott Kalvert.