On The Floor

Album: Love? (2011)
Charted: 1 3

Songfacts®:

  • This club jam is a single from Love?, the seventh studio album by American recording artist and actress Jennifer Lopez. Lady Gaga's longtime collaborator RedOne produced the song, which premiered early January 18, 2011 on Ryan Seacrest's radio show.
  • Cuban-America rapper Pitbull features on the tune, which incorporates a sample of the 1989 hit single "Lambada" by Kaoma. Lopez previously collaborated with Pitbull on her 2010 Hot Dance Club Songs chart-topper "Fresh Out The Oven." The rapper revealed to MTV News that he has a certain system when it comes to appearing on this type of dance track. "When you got these big, big house records or club records that are very global, I try to come in on what I was raised on, what I'm a fan of, which is just spitting hard," he explained.
  • Speaking with the New York radio station WKTU, Lopez said she was looking to evolve her urban/pop sound with this tune. "It feels like me today, which I like. It's not something that you hear and you're like, 'That's not her,' but you also go, 'Is that her? I like that. It's new,' and that's what I wanted. I wanted it to be very me, but I wanted it to be me not from my first album or my second album, but for today."
  • Lopez first rose to fame as a dancer and she told MTV News the song conjures up nostalgic feelings for her. "The minute RedOne played it for me, I made him play it 20 times in a row, and I just sat there at the board and I kept listening to it and listening to it," she explained. "Because I really feel like, emotionally, I connected to it, but also because of how much I love to dance and how much that's always been such a big part of who I am since I started. Since I was a little girl, I just totally connected with the idea of getting out there."
  • The song has notable similarities both musically and lyrically to "Party O'Clock," a 2010 track by American pop and R&B singer Kat DeLuna, which RedOne also produced. Whilst Lopez sings, "Cos London to Ibiza, straight to LA, New York, Vegas to Africa", DeLuna chants on her record, "Party in Ibiza, party in New York, all the way to Africa, love in the Caribbean, on my way to Vegas." DeLuna appears to be unruffled about the similarities between the two songs. She told the New York Daily News: "It's cool that artists like J.Lo are inspired by my musical sound and style. Jennifer helped pave the way for Latinas like myself. I love her."
  • Lopez told MTV News that the video mirrors the song's theme. "Every single lyric is about letting go: Get on the floor and be an animal," she said.
    The singer added: "I play one character where she kind of runs this party, acts like she's kind of over it, but at the same time loves it and loves this kind of underground kind of party dance culture. So I got to be wild and crazy, and at the same time I got to be sexy and sweet too."
  • The song was Lopez's first Hot 100 top 10 hit as a lead artist in eight years. Her previous top tier entry was the chart-topping "All I Have," featuring LL Cool J, in 2003.
  • The song was Lopez's third UK #1 hit following "Love Don't Cost A Thing" in January 2001 and "Get Right" in February 2005.
  • The track was YouTube's most popular song of 2011. For a time it was also its second most-played ever, behind Justin Bieber's "Baby."
  • Lopez included this in her set when she performed at halftime of the Super Bowl in 2020.

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