Thunder Island (song)

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"Thunder Island"
Thunder Island - Jay Ferguson.jpg
Single by Jay Ferguson
from the album Thunder Island
B-side "Magic Moment"
ReleasedOctober 1977
Genre Soft rock
Length4:00 (album version)
3:19 (single version)
Label Asylum
Songwriter(s) Jay Ferguson
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk
Jay Ferguson singles chronology
"Medicated Goo"
"Thunder Island"
"Losing Control"

"Thunder Island" is the lead single off of the album Thunder Island by American musician Jay Ferguson. The song peaked at #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 the week of April 1, 1978. [1] The recording features Joe Walsh on guitar. In Canada, it reached #8. [2]


As "Thunder Island" was Ferguson's highest-ranking song on the charts, he is sometimes tagged a one-hit wonder. However, he achieved an additional hit with the song "Shakedown Cruise" which reached as high as #31 on the Hot 100 the week of June 23, 1979. [1]

It appears in the 2013 film Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues , Season 5, Episode 13 of the TV show Breaking Bad, and the 2004 film Miracle .

Excerpts of the song are also played in the 2019 Family Guy episode "Island Adventure".

Chart performance

Chart (1977-78)Peak
Canada RPM Top Singles [3] 8
US Billboard Hot 100 [1] 9

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