Linda Perry wrote this and produced the album. Pink was a big fan of Perry's group 4 Non Blondes, and contacted her to work on the album. The success of this song caused Perry to put her solo career on hold and instead work with other female singers.
Pink was once arrested for disturbing her neighbors by singing out of her window at 3.30am. The song she was singing was by 4 Non Blondes, and was written by Linda Perry.
Perry came up with this when she was learning how to program a drum machine. It was the first dance hit she ever wrote. "Basically, I was coming at it as an experiment, but also as a joke," she told Mix magazine in 2019. "I pick up the bullet microphone, a harmonica microphone, and I'm thinking of every cliché I can think of, and I just busted into 'Get the party started on a Saturday night.' I literally came up with the song in 30 minutes."
This won the 2002 MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song.
In the UK a cover by the veteran Welsh vocalist Shirley Bassey peaked at #47 in the singles charts. This was her 33rd British hit, her first being a version of "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
," which reached #8 in 1957. Shirley Bassey thus has recorded chart UK entries over a 50-year period, a record for a female.
Bassey covered this originally for a 2006 advert for the English food and clothing retailer Marks and Spencer over the Christmas period. Such was the response for her version that it became the title track of her first album release for ten years in 2007. It also enjoyed some chart success across the Atlantic entering the American Hot Dance Club Play list.
I can go for miles if you know what I mean
I'm comin' up so you better get this party started
Pink told Q Magazine in a 2017 interview that ecstasy hasn't been her party starter of choice for a long time. She said: "I didn't write 'Get the Party Started,' you'd have to ask Linda Perry if it's about ecstasy. I don't know what she meant with it. I still don't know if it's 'I'm coming out...' Or 'I'm coming up...' I don't even know what I sang."
Perry initially thought this could be a hit for Madonna until Pink happened to call her the week after she wrote the song.