Get The Party Started
by Pink

Album: Missundaztood (2001)
Charted: 2 4


  • 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.

Comments: 20

  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesJim, I actually like P!nk, I have been a fan of hers since the second album. My facts came from the music press at the time - P!nk was inches away from losing her recording contract. Her first album was panned by critics as well, thus irrespective of sales, her career was flagging at that time. Its no good going double platinum if a year later your without a record deal. She was allowed to keep her record deal because this song alone sold almost as much as her first album and was received positively by the same critics who'd panned her before. Her first album was rubbish (sorry I know it's my opinion but I'm a Rock fan and I hate contemporary R&B of that era), however, her second album, with it's more rock-orientated direction was one of the best albums I've ever heard in my life. Perhaps the reson I have such high regard for this song was because the first album was entirely R&B-orientated and I just can't take P!nk seriously as a R&B artist, knowing that at heart she is a rock artist? And that this was the song where P!nk's "real" sound finally began to be appreciated?
  • Lindsay from Omaha, NeWell I don't know how long ago this post was written BUT Charlie you can't even spell write right soooooo kind of embarrassing that you are even criticizing. And go look at who songwriters are, Alecia Moore AKA PINK. Just thought I'd throw it out there. Peace out.
  • Daniel from Houston, TxAll this B.S. aside, I have a question. I've never heard this song or bothered listening to Pink, but a friend does. A Google search led me to and the writing credits are Perry/Lennox/Stewart. IS it possible that Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart (of The Eurythmics) helped Perry out with this one?
  • Jim from Logansport, Ini'm not sure where ur facts come from..but Pink has cowritten over 90% of her songs for Annie Lennox..hillary duff, faith hill, beck, damon elliot, lisa marie presley and natalia....shes had 4 multiplatinum albums..1 of which went 10x platinum, one gold..2 grammys, been nominated for 17 awards..winning 9 of those..and the album with u make me sick..although the single did poorly..the album went double platinum...i fail to see where she needed anyone to save her supposedly "flagging" career
  • Angela from Chemslford, United KingdomPink you rock
  • Camille from Toronto, OhThis song rocks & here's why: Anyone who's ever got ready for a party (hair, make-up, clothes, ect.) does so with the idea that when they arrive at the party, it will signify the party is a hit. In the video, Pink blow-dries her hair & is getting pumped to go out and party...well, that is a scene being played out in front of bathroom mirrors all across America, across all age groups...the song is universal in its message: "I'm comin' up & you are all privileged to be there when I do."
  • Clara from Brisbane, AustraliaMy Mum loves singing this song. We're a big fan of Pink and this has to be one of our fave songs of hers.
  • Laney from Bosont, MaI don't know what you guys are talking about how this song "saved her career, in the US she was big, she sold like 3million copies of her 1st album which was good, although not as much as the other female teen stars like britney, anywaz the reason why she was having rouble with the record company is becuase they wanted her to go in another direction for the missunderstood cd she fought to have musical control and say who she wanted to work it with, and it obviously worked because this album was even bigger
  • Neale from Sydney, AustraliaStacy - please stop embarassing australians with your ignorance. PINK does not write her own music. It doesn't matter how many times you under-line 'music' it still won't make this true.
    She writes SOME of her own music (the non-releasable filler) and her popular songs are written by a range of other people, from Beck to that skank from 4 non blondes. Check your facts woman.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesStacy from Australia - I appreciate your disagreement with Charlie's post, but what is your issue with my post? If you re-read my post, you'll find that, in fact, I never said at any time that Pink didn't write her own lyrics, and neither did I say at any point that she was a 'weirdo'. All I said was, her career nearly went down the pan following the failure of her "You Make Me Sick" single when she came close to losing her record deal, and had Linda Perry not taken pity on Pink and saved her skin by offering her a sure-fire hit, then Pink might never have been able to revive her flagging career...
  • Doug from Balintore, Scotlandi have to diagree with you Stacy pink is definately not the best "artist" out there, probably the opposite to be honest, and as for her "meaningful" lyrics have you heard the steaming pile that is 'stupid girl'?
  • Stacy from Sunbury, Australiaas a matter of fact Charlie, Thomaston, CT and Dave, Cardiff, Wales, pink in fact does write her own music. it was a one off thing when she got the song from Linda Perry. pink, or Alysha Moore, has been writing songs ever since her troubled teen years. if u took some time to listen to the lyrics in the songs, you would understands it. wat about the songs 'family portrait' or 'just like a pill', you would hear the meaningful lyrics that this talented performer has written. and another thing ... SHE IS NOT A WIERDO!!!!!!!! she is the best musician out there, so dont bag her!!!!!
  • Lollie from Glasgow, Scotlandi think pink is great, shes really herself and shes a welcome relief from skinny blonde"perfect" girls.admittedly this song is a wee bit "pop". still a damn good party track,but very commercial.all in all though i think shes utterly fabulous!
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScPink has adctually written some of her own songs. They aren't that great,mbut they're better than the ones Britney Spears wrote. Britney al wrote some of her own songs. You know what that means she's not a good songwriter. That's because some of them include "I'm a Slave 4 You" and stuff like that. Actually I'm not sure she wrote that song, but that album is the first one where she actually wrote some of the songs.
  • Cassie from Warrenton, Nc"Charlie, Thomaston, CT", you sounded kind of negative about the fact that she doesn't right her own music... Do you think that Britney Spears actually rights her own songs? Or many of the current singers today? Heck country music (which use to be all about writing your own songs) now turns to John Rich for their songs.

    As to what the songs means, in my opinion it's about a person (who is famous) going out clubbing.

    ~Cassie~ in NC
  • Paul from Galway, IrelandCan I say "sarah floyd, bloomingdale, IL," you are describing the VIDEO!!!!
  • Sarah Floyd from Bloomingdale, Ilwhat i think about this song is. well she goes to her friends house goes to the party every ones waiting for her to dance then the party is starting from when pink started until she is done. and she gets to do what ever she wants to do. thats my version of the song.
  • Casie from Denver, CoThis song is about this chick thats really likes to have fun and party out so she calls her best friend and goes to the hottes club and starts the fun out on the dancefloor and shes being herself having the time of her life no matter who she is and everyone is following her. Shes really awesome.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesThis song rescued Pink's flagging career. She hit the UK Top 10 in 1999 with "There You Go" and in 2000 with "Some Girls". Her abysmal third release "You Make Me Sick", however, was a flop, and was universally panned by the critics. NME magazine, at that time famous for their long-winded reviews, gave it 1/5, with the entire review consisting of just five words - 'You make us bored (YAWN!)'. Had Linda Perry not thrown her a lifeline, Pink could well have disappeared into obscurity...
  • Charlie from Thomaston, Ctoh, brother, pink, the messed up, ehem, (missundaztood) weirdo, as i thought, she doesn't even right her own music.
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