This is the first single from Kesha's debut album, Animal - she was going by "Ke$ha" at the time. Before recording this song, her résumé already included co-writing The Veronicas single "This Love, providing background vocals to Britney Spears' "Lace and Leather," and most notably, guest vocalist on rapper Flo Rida's chart-topping "Right Round."
In an interview with Esquire magazine, Kesha explained the original inspiration for this decadent number. "One morning I just woke up, and I live in this house with I-don't-even-know-how-many roommates - it's this Laurel Canyon house with seven rooms and roommates fluctuating monthly." She added: "Well it was the house The Eagles recorded Hotel California in. So it's just this huge hippy... There are a bunch of hippies who come in and out, and there are all these people sleeping on the couches. I don't really care, I don't mind it. But I woke up one day after we went to a party, and I was surrounded by ten of the most beautiful women you've ever seen. And I was like, I'm like P. Diddy - there's no man like this in the entire world. So that became the first line of the new single, and we just went from there."
The song is featured on the second episode of the 2009 series of Melrose Place.
American actor Simon Rex, who played George Logan in Scary Movies 3 &4, appears as a character named Barry in the song's music video.
Diddy contributes to this song rapping the lines "Hey, what up girl?" and "Let's Go." The story of how Kesha hooked up with the A-list producer and rapper is that after writing the first line of the song, which is "Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy," she took it to her producer, Dr. Luke. By coincidence about four hours later, Diddy called Luke for the first time ever saying they should do a song together some time. Almost immediately Diddy dropped by the studio to contribute his lines. Kesha told MTV News: "He agreed to come in that day. It was so bizarre, but as fate would have it, happened in the course of hours. We all were hanging out and I was so intimidated... but he was the nicest guy."
Kesha became the first female vocalist to rise to have a #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her debut single since Lady Gaga achieved the same feat 11 months previously with "Just Dance."
This was the first Hot 100 #1 of the 2010s decade.
In its second week on top of the Hot 100, this set the record for most single-week downloads by a female artist (610,000) beating the prior female mark set by Lady Gaga's "Just Dance" (419,000). The record was set during the 2009 holiday week, which is traditionally the strongest download sales week of the year. Flo Rida's "Right Round" sold the highest weekly (636,000), on which Kesha provided non-credited vocals.
Kesha's biggest digital sales record by a female was beaten by Taylor Swift when her "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" sold 623,000 in the week ending August 19, 2012.
Ke$ha explained to Jam! Music that the dollar sign in her name was inspired by the fact that she never benefited financially from the massive success of "Right Round," which featured her vocals. She said of Flo Rida: "He's super-sweet. It's not like I blame him." Then added: "To me, it's not about the money. That's the whole reason I have (the dollar sign), 'cause it's ironic. Like, I don't care. I was so happy being broke. And I'm happy not being broke. It doesn't really affect me either way. I care about taking care of people that have taken care of me - that's important to me. But to be honest, I'm kind of repulsed by the gluttony and excesses of a lot of people in the limelight."
She dropped the $ in 2014 after a two-month stay in rehab to treat an eating disorder.
This unapologetic ode to getting totally wasted logged 11,224 spins in the tracking week of January 18-24 2010 setting a record for the most weekly plays in the 17 year history of the Billboard Charts. Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" was the previous record holder having been played 10,859 times in the previous seven day period.
When Kesha's producer Dr. Luke telephoned her after hearing a demo to say he'd like to hook up with the then-unknown singer-songwriter, Nicole Richie took the call and hung up on him. At the time, Kesha and her mom were filming an episode of the reality show The Simple Life as the host family to Paris Hilton and Richie. Fortunately, he eventually got Kesha on the phone and the rest was history.
Kesha was tagged by some music publications as a white rapper thanks to her vocal delivery on tracks like this one and "Blah Blah Blah." The singer told Billboard magazine that initially she was reluctant to rap on Animal. "The white-girl rap swagger thing is really a little bit of a joke," she said. "I never thought of myself as a rapper. This is just the way I talk."
This song spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the most for a single by a female artist since Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" stayed at the peak for ten weeks. in 1977.
Kesha sings in this song about brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniel's. She told The Daily Telegraph that the lyric shouldn't be taken seriously. The singer said shaking her head: "Everyone's really offended by that, but come on, brushing your teeth with Jack Daniel's: what girl does that? People are like, 'Do you really advocate brushing your teeth with bourbon?' I'm like, 'Yes, actually, I do, every day, for everybody. Especially eight-year-olds.' I mean, what are you talking about? Of course I don't. Come on."
Kesha performed this on the April 17, 2010 episode of Saturday Night Live with her band and backup dancers dressed as astronauts.
Kesha paid tribute to Billboard magazine about co-writer and producer Dr Luke's contribution to this song. "I tried to rewrite the verses of 'TiK ToK,'" she said. "I was like, 'This doesn't make sense. "Brushing your teeth with Jack Daniel's"-are people going to get what I'm talking about? Is this too much? Is it clever enough?' And he literally had to fight me off, and then Benny Blanco had to chase me out of the studio when I got a mind to rewrite it. He kept saying, 'It's good. Just trust me, it's good.' He really lets me be myself. All the crazy s--t I say, he embraces, because he really embraced my personality. A lot of producers have tried to tone it down. And I wouldn't be as successful as I have been had I been watered down."
This was the top song of 2010 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, having spent nine weeks at #1. Surprisingly Kesha was the first ever female since Billboard began producing year-end recaps in 1946, to achieve the top song of the year.
Kesha was asked in an interview with Billboard magazine whether the song's success can be attributed to good timing. She replied: "In terms of the state of America, with the recession? Definitely. It's a celebratory song, but it's not about bottles of champagne in the club and my brand-name clothes. It's just me talking about being somewhat of a bum and having a great time in Los Angeles."
This was the world's biggest selling digital single in 2010. Kesha's pop-rap track sold 12.8 million copies, well ahead of Lady Gaga's runner-up "Poker Face," which was downloaded 9.8 million times.
Dave from Greer, ScI liked the rucka rucka Ali version better tbh
Simmi from Baton Rouge, LaI love Ke$ha. She sings about stuff we all wish we could do put can't, either because we have jobs, or we'd end up dead. Or both.
Camille from Toronto, OhDefinitely a one-hit wonder, but what a fun, up-beat song. Hear it once and you're playing it in a continuous loop in your head the rest of the day. The stark reference at the beginning to a bottle of Jack-uh, to brush your teeth with-gives the song a hard core edge; it grabs the listener's ear immediately to the lyrics. You're not thinking a 'pretty little blonde' is going to be so blunt. Kesha sings this with an in-your-face attitude that I love. She's all about the having a good time and not about oh I want to have sex with a good looking guy. No, she just wants to get out there and have a great time.
Joel from Oakland, CaGood song from a good singer.
Caitlyn from Royersford, Pai think she's hilarious. Who cares if she's a good role model, her songs are catchy and fun! Who said she supposed to be one anyway (Courtney, Eagan, MN)
Courtney from Eagan, MnI don't understand why people love her so much...shes driving me crazy. Her songs are all about either sex or geting drunk...yeah, some role model
Marissa from Philadelphia, PaThis song is awesome!!!!!
Kathy from Mission, TxThis song just screwed up the Radio and Mtv just saying i like it but its Kinda annoying to hear it almost every morning on mtv ugh i like Laddy Gaga she is way better and not so annoying but then again i love Rock music its at the top of my List ;) -
Braeton from Glendale, AzShe didn't think that this song would be the one to top the charts. She didn't think Tik Tok would be as successful as it has become. However it broke #1 records! Her Album with this song is Animal. Her websites are: keshasparty.com and keshasuxx on twitter. He loves beards! Her 3 songs currently on the top 40 are Tik Tok, Blah Blah Blah, and Your Love Is My Drug. She's going on tour with Rihanna. She was also a host on the simple life: interns. One of my favorites of hers is backstabber and take it off. In all, she's freaking Awesome!!!!
Brandon from Waxhaw, Ncke$ha rules and so does fergie they should do a song together! [if you agree please post yes ] thank you
Wade from Katy, TxRadio is now dead.
Sharon from Auckland, -How can people possible like this song?!!! I just don't understand...I don't care how catchy it is it's blimmin' tacky.
Erika from Horseheads, NyI really like this song. Butthis might justbea one hit wonder, sort of... Like Hanson.. You know? The rest of her album isn't that great. But, you never know what Ke$ha could do in the futuree.
John from Philly, Pa"Love at first sight" is an awesome song, and I agree with all the other people on here that this Ke$ha is most definatly just a one hit wonder. Good way to start off 2010
John from Philly, PaI dont know if anyone else noticed but the synth in this song sounds alot like the opening synth for Kylie Minogues "Love at first sight". This song is pretty catchy thought I feel like she sampled "Love at first sight"
Tricia from Rockville Centre, NyVery catchy and fun song..and that is about it! I really think she might just push it with this song. I agree with Lacey....
Lacey from Chicago, Ilthis is song is real catchy but ke$ha's just a one time hit.. the rest of her album is just trash and there are better things to listen to at this moment in time. she's not going to go that far in her career but that's just me
Shan from Sydney, AustraliaOMG i love this song its an awesome song i dont really care what it means!
Vicki from Chicago, Ilthe song is catchy, but i agree with indigo.
Bella from Essex, United Kingdomi like it :)
Indigo from Adelaide, AustraliaThis song sounds so manufactured and like most other pop songs, not very original. Just saying.