Finally (CeCe Peniston song)

"Finally" is a song by American singer-songwriter CeCe Peniston, released in September 1991 as her debut single from her first album of the same name (1992). It received critical acclaim, becoming Peniston's first (and biggest) hit song, peaking at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100 in January 1992. It is also her only US top-ten hit to date. Prior to that, the track was a major success on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, where it spent two weeks at number one in late 1991. In addition, a dance remix of the song, the "Choice Mix", peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart in March 1992. The remix appeared on many dance music compilations in the early '90s. Its music video was directed by Claude Borenzweig. Billboard ranked "Finally" among the "500 Best Pop Songs of All Time" in 2023.[2]

Cover art for original US editions
Single by CeCe Peniston
from the album Finally
B-side"We Got a Love Thang" (remix)
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1991 (1991-09-30)
  • 4:05 (album version/7-inch mix without rap)
  • 4:09 (7-inch Choice mix)
  • Felipe Delgado
  • Kelsey
CeCe Peniston singles chronology
"I Like It"
Music video
"Finally" (7-inch mix without rap) on YouTube

Background and release edit

Peniston grew up in Phoenix and began writing pop songs during school. The words of "Finally" were purportedly penned during a chemistry class, while thinking about dating in college.[3][4] In 1989 and 1990, she won the Miss Black Arizona pageant, and took the Miss Galaxy pageant a short time later.

Her music career began in January 1991, when Felipe "DJ Wax Dawg" Delgado, her friend and a record producer based also in Phoenix, asked Peniston to record back-up vocals for Tonya Davis, a rapper known as Overweight Pooch.[5][6] Though Overweight Pooch's album flopped on the market, Manny Lehman (a DJ and executive producer) had noticed the powerful voice of the back-up vocalist, Peniston. He offered Delgado a chance to produce a track for Peniston to cultivate her potential as a solo artist. Delgado called hometown friend and music producer, Rodney K. Jackson, to help co-produce Peniston's single, which would become "Finally".

Peniston was 21 years old when "Finally" was released. When asked about the song in a 2012 interview, Peniston said,

"It was actually a poem that I had turned into a song, and it was the very first song that I had written. I was doing backup for someone else, and they asked if I had something else and I was like yeah, something I've written, and I didn't know if they'd like it. You know, you don't really understand your gifts at that point, so when he said I have a hit, I was just like okay. At the time I didn't understand what it means to have a number one song, I really had no idea. They said you have a hit on your hands and you're going to have to go to Europe. All of a sudden I was traveling the world, one show turned into two, that little girl from Arizona was going everywhere! You know, I had been here and there, a couple of trips, but nothing at all like this. It was overwhelming."[7]

Composition edit

The remix of this song is based on the piano riff from the house music classic "Someday" by CeCe Rogers from 1987. The song is performed in the key of B minor[8] with a tempo of 120 beats per minute, following a chord progression of G(9) – G/A – Bm, and Peniston's vocals span from B3 to D5.[9] In 2017, Peniston told about recording the song,

"It was a great experience making this song. I remember being in the studio with producer Felipe Delgado, and we didn't have the second verse written. I had forgotten some of the lyrics and just ad-libbed some of them–that "yeah-yeah" part. They ended up sampling that, and it became a big part of the song. It's amazing how those raw moments happen."[10]

Chart performance edit

The song was released in September 1991,[11] when it became an instant dance anthem, peaking in October at the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the United States for two weeks, while achieving respectable chart success overseas the following year. The song was re-released in the United Kingdom, where it reached a new peak of number two in its second week at the UK Singles Chart, on March 22, 1992.[12] It was held off reaching the top spot by Shakespears Sister's "Stay". "Finally" also charted at number-one in Zimbabwe and on the RPM Dance/Urban chart in Canada, and number eight in Australia and New Zealand. In Europe, the song reached number three in Belgium and number five in the Netherlands and Ireland. Following the single's success, Peniston completed her first album, Finally, in two months. The album was critically acclaimed, and Peniston celebrated a year-long run of awards success including the Billboard Award for Best New Artist (dance), and three ASCAP awards amongst numerous others. The song "Finally" has sold over 3 million copies to date.

Critical reception edit

J.D. Considine from The Baltimore Sun felt the song "is a delightful surprise, marrying a muscular, insinuating groove to Peniston's soulful, insistent vocals."[13] Larry Flick from Billboard complimented it as "a delicious peak-hour houser that is in a vein similar to Alison Limerick's "Where Love Lives". Peniston wraps her lovely alto around a hook that seeps into the brain and body and never lets go."[14] He also remarked that Peniston "proves her potential as a future diva on this brain-embedding, spine-stirring house anthem."[15] Amy Linden from Entertainment Weekly commented, "The slammin’ house/pop single of the moment? It's CeCe Peniston's 'Finally,' and its sheer joy and verve." She explained further, "Grooving in the fabulousness of her newfound Mr. Right, and sorta amazed that it all happened, she wails deliciously, making you believe that true love will conquer all and that someday your prince (or princess) will come."[16] Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report described it as a "bright and infectious" debut release and concluded, "I had a preview of this song back in July and have been in love with it ever since!"[17] Dennis Hunt from Los Angeles Times viewed it as "lively".[18]

Pan-European magazine Music & Media stated that "this newcomer gives further evidence that dance is still developing into a more song-oriented direction. The violins give the tune the ambiance of "Backstabbers" by the O'Jays."[19] Andy Beevers from Music Week complimented it as an "extremely classy and catchy garage-styled debut".[20] A reviewer from People Magazine felt that it's "overflowing with verve and loaded up with joyous girlie glee", noting the "ecstatic, beat-heavy power" of the track.[21] James Hamilton from the RM Dance Update labeled it as "cheerful wailing" and a "ex-Miss America's catchy Crystal Waters-type US pop smash".[22] Adam Higginbotham from Select declared "Finally" as "a superb slice of feel-good pop music. From its bassline – purloined from Ce Ce (no relation) Rogers' classic garage tune 'Someday' — to the inanely cheery lyrics."[23] Tom Doyle from Smash Hits viewed it as a "rousing house song".[24] Steve Pick from St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote that "this is a catchy disco number, building energy through repetition of the simple hookline and a solid bass/drum throb. Get on the dance floor to this one, and you'll move."[25]

Retrospective response edit

Bill Lamb from featured "Finally" in their list of "The Top 100 Best Party Songs", describing it as an "upbeat, celebratory song about love".[26] Steven E. Flemming, Jr. from Albumism noted that it "skillfully melded the insistent grace of all that’s right about dance production values with grand vocals."[27] AllMusic editor Craig Lytle felt that the song and its follow-up, "We Got a Love Thang", "employ that rapid dancehall groove better known as house music".[28] Stopera and Galindo from BuzzFeed remarked, "When it comes to ‘90s dance songs you’d be hard-pressed to find another song that so perfectly incorporates other music genres that made the decade so great — i.e., R&B, house, and pop — which is what makes “Finally" the quintessential ‘90s dance song. And honestly, it's a feel-good hit! Just try being in a bad mood after listening to it!"[29] A writer from Complex said that "this was the sound of the early 1990s, when everything was turning colorful and bright."[30] Pop Rescue called it "a great track, with that fantastic hand-clap, bassline and piano opening", adding that Peniston's vocals are "sublime".[31]

Music video edit

A music video was made for "Finally", directed by Claude Borenzweig. It is very simple, showing Peniston performing the song within a variety of shapes and colors, sometimes with a guy dancing.[32] The video was later made available by Vevo on YouTube in 2009, remastered in HD, and had generated more than 40 million views as of January 2023.[33]

Impact and legacy edit

DJ Magazine ranked "Finally" number 64 in their list of "Top 100 Club Tunes" in 1998.[34]VH1 ranked it number 29 in their list of the "100 Greatest Dance Songs" in 2000. [1] MTV Dance ranked the song number 28 in their list of "The 100 Biggest '90s Dance Anthems of All Time" in November 2011.[35] Heart TV ranked "Finally" number three in their list of "55 Biggest '90s Club Classics" in March 2017.[36] BuzzFeed ranked the song number one in "The 101 Greatest Dance Songs of the '90s" in 2017, writing, "When it comes to ‘90s dance songs you’d be hard-pressed to find another song that so perfectly incorporates other music genres that made the decade so great — i.e., R&B, house, and pop — which is what makes “Finally" the quintessential ‘90s dance song."[37]

Slant Magazine ranked it number 37 in their list of "The 100 Best Dance Songs of All Time" in 2020. The Guardian ranked it number 66 in their "The 70 Greatest No 2 Singles – Ranked!" in 2022. Alexis Petridis wrote, "House music as pure pop-soul, "Finally" was a hymn to an idealised boyfriend sung by a former Miss Black Arizona."[38] Same year, Pitchfork ranked it number 87 in their countdown of "The 250 Best Songs of the 1990s" in 2022.[39] In October 2023, Billboard listed "Finally" number 447 in their "Best Pop Songs of All Time".[2] The magazine praised its "magic moment"; "Peniston sings the word “finally” about 20 times in this song, but it’s lucky no. 13 where she destroys the word on the break, growling it out and turning a song about meeting the man of your dreams from a cloying concept into a hard-won victory cry."[2]

Accolades edit

Year Publisher Country Accolade Rank
1991 The Face United Kingdom "Singles of the Year"[2] 5
1998 DJ Magazine United Kingdom "Top 100 Club Tunes" 64
2000 VH1 United States "100 Greatest Dance Songs"[3] 29
2005 Bruce Pollock United States "The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944–2000" Unranked
2005 Süddeutsche Zeitung Germany "1020 Songs 1955–2005"[40] Unranked
2011 Max Australia "1000 Greatest Songs of All Time"[41] 919
2011 MTV Dance United Kingdom "The 100 Biggest 90's Dance Anthems of All Time"[35] 28
2013 Complex United States "15 Songs That Gave Dance Music a Good Name"[30] Unranked
2015 Robert Dimery United States "1,001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, and 10,001 You Must Download (2015 Update)" 1002
2017 Heart TV United Kingdom "55 Biggest '90s Club Classics"[36] 3
2017 BuzzFeed United States "The 101 Greatest Dance Songs Of the '90s" 1
2018 United States "The Top 100 Best Party Songs of All Time"[42] 60
2019 Billboard United States "Billboard's Top Songs of the '90s"[43] 297
2020 Daily Mirror[unreliable source?] United Kingdom "Top 50 Happiest Songs Ever"[44] 23
2020 PopMatters United States "15 Landmark Dance Tracks of 1991"[45] Unranked
2020 Slant Magazine United States "The 100 Best Dance Songs of All Time"[46] 37
2022 Billboard United States "Best LGBTQ Anthems of All Time"[47] 44
2022 The Guardian United Kingdom "The 70 Greatest No 2 Singles – Ranked!"[38] 66
2022 Pitchfork United States "The 30 Best House Tracks of the ’90s"[48] Unranked
2022 Pitchfork United States "The 250 Best Songs of the 1990s"[39] 87
2022 Rolling Stone United States "200 Greatest Dance Songs of All Time"[49] 83
2022 Time Out United Kingdom "The 50 Best Gay Songs to Celebrate Pride All Year Long"[50] 48
2023 Billboard United States "Best Pop Songs of All Time"[2] 447

Music awards and nominations edit

Track listings and formats edit

  • US cassette single
  1. "Finally" (7-inch Mix) – 4:27
  2. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  • US CD single
  1. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12-inch Mix without Rap) – 7:07
  3. "Finally" (12-inch Choice Mix) – 7:04
  • US 12-inch and CD maxi-single
  1. "Finally" (12-inch Mix) – 7:04
  2. "Finally" (Momo Mix) – 7:02
  3. "Finally" (7-inch Mix) – 4:27
  4. "Finally" (12-inch Choice Mix) – 7:04
  5. "Finally" (Journey Mix) – 7:02
  6. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  • European and UK 7-inch, CD and cassette French single
  1. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (7-inch Mix without Rap) – 4:05
  • Australian CD and cassette single
  1. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12-inch Choice Mix) – 7:04
  • Dutch and UK 7-inch single
  1. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (7-inch PKA Mix) – 3:58
  • Australian, European and UK 12-inch singles
  1. "Finally" (12-inch Choice Mix) – 7:04
  2. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  3. "Finally" (Somedub Mix) – 7:07
  • UK 12-inch single
  1. "Finally" (12-inch Choice Mix) – 7:04
  2. "Finally" (12-inch PKA Mix) – 7:08
  3. "We Got a Love Thang" (The Factory Jam) – 7:08
  • UK CD single
  1. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12-inch Choice Mix) – 7:04
  3. "Finally" (Somedub Mix) – 7:07
  • European and UK CD maxi-single
  1. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12-inch Choice Mix) – 7:04
  3. "Finally" (Somedub Mix) – 7:07
  4. "Finally" (7-inch Mix without Rap) – 4:05
  • UK CD maxi-single
  1. "Finally" (7-inch Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12-inch Choice Mix) – 7:04
  3. "Finally" (12-inch PKA Mix) – 7:08
  4. "Finally" (7-inch PKA Mix) – 3:58
  5. "Finally" (Somedub Mix) – 7:07

Credits and personnel edit



  • Writers – Cecilia Peniston (lyrics), Felipe Delgado, Rodney K. Jackson, and Elbert Lee Linnear (music)
  • Producers – Delgado, Rodney Jackson (as R.K. Jackson) (co-producer); David Morales and Philip Kelsey (remix)
  • Remixing – Morales, Kelsey
  • Engineering – David Sussman; Kelsey (remix)


  • Vocals – Peniston
  • Percussion – Morales
  • Piano – Eric Kupper (acoustic and solo)
  • Keyboards – Rodney K. Jackson
  • Programming – Delgado
  • Cover art – Simon Fowler, Peggy Sirota
  • Design – Sarah Southin, Len Peltier

Charts edit

Certifications edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[90] Gold 400,000
United States (RIAA)[91] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history edit

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United Kingdom September 30, 1991
  • 7-inch vinyl
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
A&M [11]
United Kingdom (re-release) March 9, 1992 [92]

Reissues edit

"Finally '97" edit

"Finally '97"
Single by CeCe Peniston
from the album Finally (1997 reissue)
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)[93]
Length3:26 (Classic Funk radio mix)
Music video
"Classic Funk Radio Mix" on YouTube

In 1997, "Finally" was remixed by Eric Kupper to enhance the overseas issue of Peniston's album Finally, which was re-released in Europe and Japan along with her greatest collection, The Best Of CeCe Peniston . The new remixed version of the song titled "Classic Funk Mix" (or "Finally '97") successfully re-entered the British charts, peaking on September 13 at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart,[94] meaning Peniston had three chart entries with one and the same title (in March 92, in September 97).

Additional credits edit

  • Recording studio – Hysteria Recording
  • Publishing – PolyGram Music
  • Producer, engineering, programming, keyboards, guitar and bass – Eric Kupper
  • Remixing – Kupper, George Mitchell and Steven Doherty (as Sharp)
  • Design – Alex

Track listings and formats edit

Charts edit

Chart (1997) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[95] 79
UK Singles (OCC)[94] 26

"Finally 2008" edit

"Finally 2k8"
Promotional single
from the album Mastermix: Pro Dance 08
Released2008 (2008)
LabelBimbo Rock

In mid-2008, the song was remixed by Kam Denny, an Australian DJ and producer, and Paul Zala, an electrohouse DJ based in Melbourne. Subtitled as "Kam Denny & Paul Zala Remix", or rather "Vandalism Remix", the promotional single was released in Australia on Bimbo Rock, a local indie dance/electro label formed by TV Rock. The new adaptation gained underground house music popularity and entered the local Club Tracks Chart, topping for four weeks at number one.[96]

Additional credits edit

  • Producers and remixing – Kam Denny and Paul Zala

Charts edit

"Finally 2011" edit

"Finally 2011"
Single by CeCe Peniston featuring Joyriders
ReleasedOctober 3, 2011 (2011-10-03)
Length2:58 (Roman Hunter airplay mix)
  • Roman Hunter
  • Digitalchord
  • Zen Freeman
  • Remy Le Duc
  • Tiger Stripes
  • DJ Cii
Music video
"Finally" featuring Joyriders on YouTube

For the 20th anniversary of "Finally", Peniston made a number of additional remixes of the song for Paul Oakenfold, featuring Joyriders, and supported also by music video.[99] Originally, the song was to be attached to her cancelled studio album CeCe.[100]

Additional credits edit

  • Executive producer – Paul Oakenfold
  • Vocals – Peniston (re-recorded)
  • Performer – Joyriders
  • Producers and remixing – Roman Hunter, Digitalchord, Zen Freeman, Remy Le Duc, Mikael Nordgren (as Tiger Stripes), Chuckii Booker (as DJ Cii)
  • Vocal production – Kevin Lewis

Track listings and formats edit

Release 1

  1. "Finally" (Roman Hunter Airplay Mix) – 2:58

Release 2

  1. "Finally" (Roman Hunter Remix) – 7:03
  2. "Finally" (Digitalchord Remix) – 7:00
  3. "Finally" (Zen Freeman & Remy Le Duc Remix) – 6:03
  4. "Finally" (Tiger Stripes Remix) – 7:22
  5. "Finally" (DJ Cii Remix) – 2:31

Deep House Selection, Volume 6 (The Finest Deep House Tunes)

  1. "Finally" (Tiger Stripes Radio Edit) – 3:15

In popular culture edit

The song features in the 1998 film Bimboland produced by Ariel Zeitoun. The 7-inch Choice Mix was used in the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and featured on its soundtrack album. The song is also featured in the stage musical based on the film.[citation needed]

For her ninth tour Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour that resumed on November 11, 2006, at Sydney Entertainment Centre (ended on January 23, 2007), Kylie Minogue used elements of Peniston's song when performing her 2000 comeback single "Spinning Around", co-written by Paula Abdul.[101]

In November 2009, pop musician Lady Gaga used excerpts of "Finally" (Vandalism Remix) for the opening of The Monster Ball Tour in her song "Dance in the Dark".[citation needed]

In July 2014, British singer Matt Fishel included a cover version of the song on his virtual EP Cover Boy. The accompanying video won the category for Best Lyric Video at the 2014 LGBT-based RightOutTV Music & Video Award.[102]

In 2015, the song was also used in an advertisement for Ariel detergent in the Philippines, along with modified lyrics to promote the product.[103] The commercial has since spawned numerous parodies poking fun at the campy nature of the commercial and the song used, with numerous people and fictional characters lip-syncing to the tune.[104]

The song was used as a lip-sync song during the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. On the seventh episode contestants Nina Bo'nina Brown and Aja had to lip-sync to avoid elimination; Aja was eliminated.[citation needed]

The song was also briefly featured in Season 2 Episode 9 of Dear White People.[citation needed]

In 2021, a remixed version used for a commercial for the dating app Bumble. American supermarket chain Kroger, along with its subsidiary supermarket names, uses the song for its animated commercials, promoting grocery delivery at home.

See also edit

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