"Party Hard" is a song by Andrew W.K., first released as a single in 2001 and included on his first album I Get Wet. The song provided Andrew W.K. with his first mainstream hit, reaching number 19 of the UK Singles Charts upon release.[1][2]

"Party Hard"
Single by Andrew W.K.
from the album I Get Wet
B-side"Violent Life" (7")
ReleasedOctober 29, 2001
GenreHard rock
Songwriter(s)Andrew W.K.
Andrew W.K. singles chronology
"Room To Breathe"
"Party Hard"
"She Is Beautiful"
Music video
"Party Hard" on YouTube

The UK single contained one previously released track ("Make Sex"), one previously unreleased track ("Violent Life") and the video for "Party Hard". A promo single for this song was released to radio stations in the US in 2002. The promo single had the title song, the video for the song and a track titled "Andrew W.K.".


"Party Hard" was named the 89th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[3]

Pitchfork Media ranked the song #129 on its list of the Top 500 tracks of the 2000s. Reviewer Mark Richardson wrote: "Before Red Bull and vodka became fashionable and sports drink companies made the decade all about the pursuit of eXtreme energy, the movement already had its anthem."[4]

Music videoEdit

The video starts with Andrew WK grooming himself and tying his shoes in a bathroom. He looks in a mirror, revealing that he has an incision on his forehead in the position of his third eye. Then, he turns on a light switch that turns on lights in a warehouse that has a stage on it. Afterwards, the band performs the song on stage.

Soundtrack appearancesEdit

The song appeared in notable films, web shows and video games including Stealing Harvard, The Smash Brothers,[5] Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, The Secret Life of Pets, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Madden NFL 2003[6] in addition to the TV spot for the film Monsters University.

"Party Hard" appeared as downloadable content in the video game Rock Band 3. It is also featured as one of the Extreme difficulty songs in the mobile rhythm game Beatstar.

Other appearancesEdit

"Party Hard" is used as the walk-on music for Professional Darts Corporation darts player Steve Hine[7] It was formerly played by the now-defunct ECHL's San Francisco Bulls after scoring a goal during home games at the Cow Palace.

The song was featured in a commercial for Google's Android operating system, titled "And You", on October 15, 2014, as part of its "Be Together. Not the Same." campaign, as well as having been used on a trailer for Disney/Pixar's 2013 CGI film Monsters University a year earlier.[8]

Beginning on October 29, 2015 and following a fan petition, Party Hard is the goal song for the Pittsburgh Penguins.[9] The Penguins, coincidentally, won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with "Party Hard" as their official goal song.[10] The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, also began using the goal song full-time during the 2017-18 AHL season. After the Penguins changed their goal song to "Jump Around" by House of Pain for the 2019–20 season, they switched back to "Party Hard" the next season.

The Texas Revolution also began using the song after touchdowns during the 2016 season.

Track listingEdit

7" vinylEdit

Side A
1."Party Hard"3:06
Side B
1."Violent Life"3:56

Mercury 588 813 7[11]

CD singleEdit

All tracks are written by Andrew W.K..

1."Party Hard"3:06
2."Make Sex [AWKGOJ version]"0:32
3."Violent Life"3:56
4."Party Hard (Video)" 

Mercury 588 813-2[12]


Chart (2001–02) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 92
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 57
Scotland (OCC)[15] 15
UK Singles (OCC)[16] 19
UK Rock & Metal (OCC)[17] 3


  1. ^ Songfacts
  2. ^ "Andrew W.K.: Artist Chart History". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  3. ^ "spreadit.org music". Retrieved February 5, 2009.
  4. ^ Pitchfork Staff. Staff Lists: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 200-101. Pitchfork Media. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  5. ^ "The Smash Brothers: Episode 8 - The Natural". Youtube. East Point Productions. Event occurs at 12:30. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  6. ^ THE SOUNDS OF MADDEN NFL™ 2003. EA Sports. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  7. ^ Steve Hine. Global Darts. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Andrew's Song "Party Hard" Featured in New Google and Android TV Commercial". Andrew W.K. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  9. ^ Pinchevsky, Tal (7 June 2017). "Rocker Andrew W.K. relishes his role in helping rally the Penguins". ESPN. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  10. ^ Wawrow, John; Megargee, Steve. "Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup". ESPN. Associated Press. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Andrew W.K. – Party Hard (2001, Vinyl)".
  12. ^ "Andrew W.K. – Party Hard (2001, CD)".
  13. ^ "Andrew W.K. – Party Hard" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  14. ^ "Andrew W.K. – Party Hard". Singles Top 100. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 29, 2020.
  17. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 29, 2020.

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