"Pump Up the Jam" is the opening track on Technotronic's album Pump Up the Jam: The Album. The song was a worldwide hit, reaching number two in the United Kingdom in 1989. The song was also a landmark release for the Belgian EBM – and New Beat – influenced house music. It was able to tackle the tough American market and became the first house song to break into mainstream. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was later certified triple platinum. In 2005, it was remixed by internationally renowned DJ/producer D.O.N.S. who took it to number one on the British Dance Chart.
Icelandic band FM Belfast made a slow electronica cover of "Pump up the Jam". In 1990, it was parodied with virtually identical music as the German-language Pump ab das Bier ("Pump away the beer!", urging a fellow patron to drink up) by Werner Wichtig, stage name for Raimund Thielcke, who actually had brewer training. In 1992, "Weird Al" Yankovic made a short polka version for his medley "Polka Your Eyes Out". The vocal has been sampled in thehardcore music Da pump by Da tekno warriors in 1998. It was remixed by Crazy Frog on the 2005 album Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits. Quebecacoustic cover band The Lost Fingers recorded a cover of the song for their 2008 album Lost In The 80s. Kids Incorporated sang this song on the show's 7th season. In 2009 the song was interpolated by rapper Pitbull in the song B-Day Suit. The Colombian group Bomba Estéreo released a bilingual cover of the song in 2011, re-titled "Ponte Bomb."
The song was the background music to a Saturday Night Live skit featuring Nancy Kerrigan figure skating with Chris Farley, and in a scene in the 1996 movie Space Jam, where the Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan are getting ready to play basketball. It featured in the karaoke video game Singstar 90s, in a scene in the 2008 film You Don't Mess with the Zohan. The song was the basis for Soni De Nakhre, a Bollywood song featured in the movie Partner, which was itself loosely based on the movie Hitch. It was used in a 2008 cellphone commercial in Argentina, which explained "why translated songs aren't as good". The song was translated as "Infla la mermelada" (word by word, though not correctly, "Pump the jam"). The song is also featured in the Nintendo Wii game "Just Dance". It was also used during the sketches between Victoria Silvstedt and Enrico Papi in the Italian TV show "La Ruota Della Fortuna". On an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will Smith harmonized the chorus and danced to a drum cover of the song.