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Get the Party Started

"Get the Party Started" is a song by American recording artist Pink, and was the first single from her second album titled Missundaztood (2001). It became an international hit and reached the top ten in many countries. The song was Pink's biggest-selling song at that time. The track was released on October 9, 2001 to positive reviews. After the release of the single, it was confirmed that Pink would be releasing Missundaztood.

"Get the Party Started"
Single by Pink
from the album Missundaztood
B-side"Get the Party Started (Sweet Dreams)"
ReleasedOctober 9, 2001
RecordedJune 2001
Songwriter(s)Linda Perry
Producer(s)Linda Perry
Pink singles chronology
"Lady Marmalade"
"Get the Party Started"
"Don't Let Me Get Me"
Alternative cover
UK cover
UK cover
Audio sample
"Get the Party Started"


The song was composed by former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman, Linda Perry. She said that the process of making the song was "so unlike me"; according to her, she was going through a "weird phase" during which she wanted to learn how to program drums.[2] She programmed her first beat, picked up a bass guitar, and, in her words, "did what the beat was asking me to do." She decided to put "every wrong instrument" in the song, and consequently acquired a horn sample. "I was doing the music, the melody was already coming to me in what I wanted the song to be," she said.[2] She finished the song by including in the song "every catch phrase you possibly could imagine", before laughing at the realization that she had written a potential hit single and her first dance song. "You create something in your bedroom or your house, and it's just a fun thing that you're doing," she said. "Then all of a sudden, you hear that song that you started in your house, and it's on the radio. And people are now acknowledging it. It's just trippy."[2] In 2019, Perry revealed that she had initially written the song for Madonna, who turned it down.[3]

The entire song uses only one chord, solidly in B minor.

Critical responseEdit

AllMusic highlighted the song and added: "This record bubbles over with imagination, as hooky pop songs like the title track rub shoulders with glitzy dancefloor anthems like "Get the Party Started."[4] Jim Farber was favorable: "The single "Get the Party Started" has the tricky synth hook of a perfect new-wave hit from the '80s."[5] NME was less positive: "displays the kind of clod-hopping attention-seeking on single 'Get the Party Started' that makes you assume you're listening to a Geri Halliwell record."[6] Jason Thompson described this song and praised: "the dance inducing “Get the Party Started”. Again, even this isn’t really in the mold of current dance tracks. Instead, it feels more like the kinds of grooves that were coming out in the early Nineties, when alt-rock was influencing the discos as well as the college charts. In fact, it sounds a little like Apollo Smile who had an album out back in ‘91 or so. “Get the Party Started” also echoes the good time vibe that other hits like Deee-Lite’s “Groove Is in the Heart” had that won over many fans. This track should do just the same thing. It did for me, anyway."[7]

Slant Magazine called this song "retro-dipped dance-pop."[1] Sputnikmusic marked it as a highlight and added: "It is not all slow and serious going though, as 1st single ‘Get The Party Started’ proves. As the song title suggests, this is the dance-oriented party-starter that the artist’s debut album lacked."[8] Stylus magazine called the song "near perfection."[9]

Commercial performanceEdit

The song reached number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on December 29, 2001, becoming one of Pink's biggest solo hits in the U.S. with "Most Girls" also reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000 and "So What", "Raise Your Glass", and "Just Give Me a Reason" reaching number one in 2008, 2010, and 2013 respectively, and "Fuckin' Perfect" that reached number two in America. The single's success was spurred by heavy airplay in the US, which prompted the song to also peak at number four on Billboard's Radio Songs chart.[10] It peaked at number two in the UK, where it was narrowly denied the top spot by the posthumous release of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord". It reached number-one in Australia and number-two in many European countries, most notably Austria, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, being held off from the top position by Shakira's smash hit "Whenever, Wherever".

"Get the Party Started" was certified gold in Australia, Austria, Germany, France, Sweden and Switzerland, and in Norway it received a platinum certification. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2003 in the category of "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance", which it lost to Norah Jones's "Don't Know Why". It won the award for "Favorite Song" at the Kids' Choice Awards of 2002, and at the MTV Europe Music Awards of 2002, it won the award for "Best Song". "Get the Party Started" is often considered one of Pink's signature songs as she tends to finish her shows with this song in her encore section along with a ballad song such as "Nobody Knows" and "Glitter In The Air". In December, the song was listed as number 81 on Rolling Stone's Top Songs of the 2000s.

Music videoEdit

The music video was shot by director Dave Meyers in Los Angeles. At 1 minute and 46 seconds into the video, an American Flag is shown, a nod to the September 11 attacks which occurred around the single's release. The video uses an abbreviated version of the song, cutting out the last chorus, and also cutting out the instrumentals. The song's composer, Linda Perry, is seen as a bartender.

In the video, Pink is getting ready to go out, trying on different outfits. One of her friends picks her up, and they drive in a car bobbing their heads to the music. However, the car runs out of fuel, so they get out and steal two skateboards from two boys. Pink falls off her skateboard because men in a car are whistling at her. The women arrive at the club but are refused entry, so to get in they use a scaffold to reach the top of the building. Inside the club, Pink changes her clothes and starts to party; in the end Pink dances with two other dancers (Kevin Federline and Georvohn Lambert).

The video was nominated at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards for "Best Pop Video" and won the awards for "Best Female Video" and "Best Dance Video".


Pink teamed up with Redman and Rockwilder for a remix of "Get the Party Started", using elements of the Eurythmics song "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)". The remix was released as a single only in France, where it reached number four and was certified gold. Pink performed the remix during her I'm Not Dead Tour in 2006 and 2007. The remix was also featured on the 9th installment of the U.S. version of the Now That's What I Call Music! series.

Track listingEdit

  • UK CD1 and Cassette[11]
  1. "Get the Party Started" (Radio Mix) – 3:12
  2. "Get the Party Started (Sweet Dreams)" (featuring Redman) – 4:05
  3. "Get the Party Started" (Instrumental) – 3:12
  • UK CD2 and German CD single[12]
  1. "Get the Party Started" (Radio Mix) – 3:12
  2. "Get the Party Started" (K5 Werk Kraft Mix) (featuring Spoonface) – 7:02
  3. "Get the Party Started" (Pink Noise Disco Mix) – 3:44
  4. "Get the Party Started" (Video) – 3:21
  • American CD single[13]
  1. "Get the Party Started (Sweet Dreams)" (featuring Redman) – 4:05
  2. "Get the Party Started" (Lady May Remix) - 3:50
  3. "Get the Party Started" (Ernie's All Night Party Anthem) - 3:23
  4. "Get the Party Started" (Pink Noise Disco Mix) – 3:44
  5. "Get the Party Started" (Radio Mix) – 3:12
  • European CD single[14]
  1. "Get the Party Started" (Radio Mix) – 3:12
  2. "Get the Party Started (Sweet Dreams)" (featuring Redman) – 4:05
  • Australian CD single[15]
  1. "Get the Party Started" (Radio Mix) – 3:12
  2. "Get the Party Started (Sweet Dreams)" (featuring Redman) – 4:05
  3. "Get the Party Started" (Pink Noise Disco Mix - Radio Edit) – 3:46
  4. "Get the Party Started" (Instrumental) – 3:12



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[58] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[59] Gold 20,000*
Belgium (BEA)[60] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[61] Gold 200,000*
Germany (BVMI)[62] Gold 250,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[63] Gold 7,500^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[64] Gold 5,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[65] Platinum 10,000*
Sweden (GLF)[66] Gold 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[67] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[68] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[69] Gold 836,000[70]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Year Awards ceremony Award Results
2002 MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song Won
2002 MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video Won
2002 MTV Video Music Awards Best Dance Video Won
2002 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Won
2002 Q Awards Best Video Won
2003 Grammy Awards Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

Shirley Bassey versionEdit

"Get the Party Started"
Single by Shirley Bassey
from the album Get the Party Started
ReleasedJuly 23, 2007
FormatCD single, digital download
GenrePop, vocal
LabelLock Stock and Barrel
Songwriter(s)Linda Perry
Producer(s)Catherine Feeney, Nikki Lamborn, Chuck Norman, Bob Kraushaar
Shirley Bassey singles chronology
"The Living Tree"
"Get the Party Started"
"Big Spender"

Shirley Bassey recorded a cover for a spy-themed 2006 Marks & Spencer Christmas television advertising campaign.[71] Her version became a cult hit[72] and was included on her 2007 album, also titled Get the Party Started. The Guardian wrote, "Bassey is the only singer alive who could take the bouncing, enthusiastic R&B of the original Get the Party Started and turn it into a grand, imperious swoop worthy of a Bond theme; it's a terrific cover version, even if it perhaps didn't quite merit the album attached to it."[72]

On 13 January 2008, Bassey's version was used in the opening sequence to the ITV1 series Dancing on Ice. It was also used in the promo for Cycle 4 of Australia's Next Top Model, and Bassey's version charted at number 47 in the UK[73] and ended at the Billboard Year-End Charts at number forty-three in the Hot Dance Club Plays Tracks of the year, having peaked at number 3 in April 2008.[74][75] The track was used again in 2010 for the opening credits of the spy-spoof movie Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. The track was also used for 2015 commercial of Honda Stepwgn.[76]

Track listings and formatsEdit

UK CD single

  1. "Get The Party Started" (Radio edit) – 3:08
  2. "Get The Party Started" – 4:02
  3. "Get The Party Started" (NorthXNorthWest Club mix) – 7:21
  4. "Get The Party Started" (Fugitives Coming Up mix) – 5:34
  5. "Get The Party Started" (Flip & Fill remix) – 5:58
  6. "Get The Party Started" (Music video) – 4:00

US Digital single

  1. "Get The Party Started" (Chris Cox Club mix) – 8:45
  2. "Get The Party Started" (Chris Cox Dub mix) – 8:05
  3. "Get The Party Started" (Chris Cox Radio mix) – 3:49

Cover versionsEdit

Appearances in other mediaEdit

See alsoEdit


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