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"Hey Mama" is a song by the American band the Black Eyed Peas. It reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The 2004 single is the third one taken from their 2003 album Elephunk.

"Hey Mama"
Black Eyed Peas - Hey Mama - CD cover.jpg
Single by The Black Eyed Peas featuring Tippa Irie
from the album Elephunk
ReleasedJanuary 12, 2004
FormatCD single
RecordedMarch 7–8, 2003
GenreHip hop, dancehall
Length3:35 (Album Version)
4:12 (Single Version)
3:45 (Radio Edit)
LabelA&M,, Interscope
Songwriter(s)Will Adams, Anthony Henry
The Black Eyed Peas Singles singles chronology
"Shut Up"
"Hey Mama"
"Let's Get It Started"

Song informationEdit

"Hey Mama" was released in 2004 as the album's third single, and was a moderate hit. The song features vocals from British reggae singer Tippa Irie.[1] The single version of the song differs from the album version in that it cuts a verse from the end of the song and replaces it with an entirely new one performed by members Taboo and (both of whom didn't perform on the original album version), changes some of the lyrics, and slightly alters the instrumentals.

The song was featured in the original television commercial for the iPod. "Hey Mama" reached #3 in Switzerland, and #4 in Australia, Austria and New Zealand. It reached #6 in the UK becoming their third top ten hit there, and was also a success in Canada and the US, reaching #9 and #23 respectively. The song was featured in 2007 in Konami's Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 on the Xbox gaming system.

The song was used to promote the 2004 film Garfield: The Movie which stars Bill Murray voicing the titular role. In the film, Garfield has a dance off with Odie to the song, which was included on the film's soundtrack and was used in advertisements for the film.

A college band version of the song was in the soundtrack for NCAA March Madness 2005.

Music videoEdit

The Black Eyed Peas in the psychedelic limbo from the music video.

The music video features 3 main locations, the first shown being a psychedelic limbo, where the BEP does breakdancing and the main verse of the song is sung. (Hey Mama, this that beat that make you move, mama). The color scheme is mostly yellow, red, brown and off-white. The second is the vertically-black-and-white striped canvas-room. A few parts are sung in here, but the main one is the one featuring Fergie. The third one is the club dance scene, which has lots of background characters dancing.

Track listingEdit

CD single
  1. "Hey Mama"
  2. "Positivity" (Live From House of Blues, Chicago)
  3. "Release" (Live From House of Blues, Chicago)
  4. "Hey Mama" - The Video



Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 25
Denmark (Tracklisten)[6] 8
France (SNEP)[7] 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 5
Hungary (Single Top 40)[10] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 5
Italy (FIMI)[12] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[13] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 6
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[16] 23
Russia (Top Radio Hits)[17] 106
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 6
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[21] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 23
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[23] 8
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[24] 27


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  5. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama" (in French). Ultratop 50.
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  8. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas: Hey Mama" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
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  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 11, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
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  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 14, 2004" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
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  15. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama". VG-lista.
  16. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2007-10-24.
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  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ " – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.

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