“Let’s Get It Started” by The Black Eyed Peas

Anyone who is familiar with “Let’s Get It Started” and/or its music video knows that it is indeed a dance song. The titular “it” which The Black Eyes Peas want to get “started” alludes to encouraging the listeners to get their boogie on. More specifically, this is one of those kinds of tracks in which the vocalists are stimulating the audience to dance with no “inhibition” or preset course, rather following their own “intuition” in terms of the moves they bust forth. Indeed the crew perceives carefree dancing as a way to “free your inner soul”. So being the poppin’ musical act that they are, The Black Eyed Peas have taken it upon themselves to lead the addressee towards this type of freedom.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for The Black Eyed Peas's Let's Get It Started at Lyrics.org.

Facts about “Let’s Get It Started”

This track was released on 24 June 2003. It is part of the reissue of The Black Eyed Peas third album, Elephunk. There is also a different version of the tune present on the original Elephunk which is entitled “Let’s Get Retarded”.

For in reality the less-popular version of this song, “Let’s Get Retarded”, actually predated “Let’s Get It Started”. The crew came out with the latter rendition to make the song more radio-friendly, as the word “retarded” is oft interpreted as being demeaning towards people with mental illness.

This proved to be a wise move by The Black Eyed Peas, as “Let’s Get It Started” helped the crew cement their place as an A list music act. For instance, the NBA used it to market their 2004 Playoffs. Even more notably, it earned the group their first Grammy Award, that being in the category of Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group

It also charted in 20 nations overall, which included reaching number 11 in the United Kingdom. Moreover, the song went on to achieve triple-Platinum status in the United States. And it also holds the distinction of being the first single ever to sell over half-a-million copies digitally.

The writers of this tune are Black Eyed Peas members Taboo, Apl.de.ap and Will.i.am as well as former member Fergie. And the band’s leader, Will.i.am, also produced the track.

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