"Stir It Up" is the second single from Patti LaBelle taken from the soundtrack album to the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop—the latter won a Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special (1986).
The single is also the second of a couple of songs (the other being "New Attitude") she recorded for MCA Records immediately after signing her new contract with that company. Her first full-length album for MCA, Winner in You, would follow the next year.
The song was also used as the theme song to the short-lived sitcom Stir Crazy, based on the 1980 hit movie.
The music video features Patti LaBelle singing the track in a recording studio with session musicians. This intercuts with a young woman running through the streets. She recruits other passers-by who follow her to the studio where Patti is singing. The city shots were filmed in New York.
In 1985, the single peaked at number 41 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart and number five on the U.S. Black Singles chart. It also usually ranks among one of the best songs of the decade.
LaBelle re-recorded "Stir It Up" alongside Joss Stone for the soundtrack to the 2005 Disney animated feature film Chicken Little. This version was produced by Mark Hammond, and it charted at number 61 on the Japanese J-Wave Tokio Hot 100 airplay chart.