“Get the Party Started” by Pink
This upbeat track describes the singer’s celebratory mood which could possibly be as a result of her stardom. The term ‘coming up’ as used in the song, depicts that she is beginning to make a name for herself in the music industry and expresses her hope for an even better future. Considering that this song was on Pink’s second album, it fits perfectly with the idea that her music career was taking off at lightning speed and she was excited about it.
Aside the thrill of her music career, the lyric “Coming Up” could also be metaphorically describing how one feels when one gets high on a substance. Some of the phrases used such as Mercedes and going for miles are somewhat ambiguous because they can also be associated with being high. Nonetheless, the narrative paints the picture of her being the center of attention at a party, showing off her fame and current status.
Writer and composer of the song, Linda Perry mentioned to ASCAP that she put together every catchy phrase she could possibly think of and was simply having a lot of fun while writing the song.
The video was directed by Pink’s regular-visual collaborator, the renowned Dave Meyers.
Indeed the video received three nominations at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and won two, the award for Best Female Video.
“Get the Party Started” is a Linda Perry penned Song
This song was written and produced by Linda Perry, the former leader of 4 Non Blondes and a hitmaker in her own right.
“Get the Party Started” was in fact the first dance song which Miss Perry ever composed. She wrote it with the intention of it being performed by Madonna, but the Queen of Pop turned the opportunity down.
Indeed this song proved to be a big score for Pink, in fact being the best-selling song in her catalog at the time it was released.
Release Date of “Get the Party Started”
“Get the Party Started” was the lead single from Pink’s globally successful second album, “Missundaztood”. Arista Records officially released the track on 9 October 2001. The other singles from “Missundaztood” are:
- “Family Portrait”
- “Don’t Let Me Get Me”
- “Just Like a Pill“
A Hit Song
“Get the Party Started” has been certified Platinum in Norway as well as going Gold in over 10 other countries, including the United Kingdom and United States.
Accordingly the song topped the music charts in many regions, including the regions below:
- New Zealand
Remix of “Get the Party Started”
Pink dropped a remix of this track, which featured rapper Redman and hip-hop producer Rockwilder. That version was only released in France, where it managed to peak at number 4 on their charts.
Shirley Bassey’s Version
Classic British singer Shirley Bassey released a cover of “Get the Party Started” in 2007. That rendition made it to number 47 in Britain. Furthermore, it traveled all the way to number 3 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play. Simply put, Bassey’s rendition was a success.
Has this song been used in any films or TV Series?
Yes. Owing to its success, it has made appearances in a number of films and pop-media franchises. Some of them include: “The Simpsons” and “South Park”. It has even been used in the National Basketball Association (NBA).