Get The Party Started
by Pink

Album: Missundaztood (2001)
Charted: 2 4
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Songfacts®:

  • This pure party song came from an unlikely source. It was written by Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, known for their introspective and very un-partylike 1992 hit "What's Up." After the group broke up in the early '90s, Perry released two solo albums and started writing for other artists. She learned that hits of the '00s were made digitally, so she bought Akai MPC and Korg Triton digital workstations and started experimenting with them. As she was learning how to use them, she came up with the track by adding layer after layer, then she quickly banged out a lyric with every party cliché she could think of, arriving at lines like:

    I'm your operator, you can call anytime
    I'll be your connection to the party line


    It worked: "Get The Party Started" was a huge hit for Pink and launched Perry's songwriting career. Her next hit was "Beautiful" for Christina Aguilera.
  • Perry initially thought this could be a hit for Madonna until Pink happened to call her the week after she wrote the song. Pink was a huge 4 Non Blondes fan and sought out Perry, who was very surprised to get a call from a pop star. When they met, Perry gave Pink an MP3 copy of the "Get The Party Started." Pink's management loved the song and arranged for them to work together on her second album, Missundaztood. Perry ended up writing or co-writing (and producing) eight songs on the album, including the title track. "Get The Party Started" was issued as the first single.
  • Some listeners thought the song made a reference to ecstasy, the drug of choice for ravers:

    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."
  • Pink's 2002 tour to support the album was called the Party Tour, and she opened her set with this song. She also played Linda Perry's 4 Non Blondes song "What's Up" at these shows.
  • 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 on the singles chart. 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 first covered the song for a 2006 advert for the English food and clothing retailer Marks and Spencer over the Christmas period. It got a great response and in 2007 became the title track to her first album in 10 years. Her version also enjoyed some chart success across the Atlantic entering the American Hot Dance Club Play list.
  • Pink performed this on the January 12, 2002 episode of Saturday Night Live.
  • Shortly before releasing Missundaztood, Pink joined Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, and Mya on the chart-topping cover of "Lady Marmalade" for the movie Moulin Rouge! It won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
  • This earned a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance but lost to "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones. The album was also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album but again lost to Jones for Come Away With Me.
  • The music video was shot in Los Angeles and shows Pink getting ready for a night of clubbing. Unfortunately, her car runs out of gas on the way to the club, so she and her friend have to steal a couple skateboards to get there - only to be refused entry. Undeterred, they use a scaffold to bring them to the top of the building so they can sneak in. Inside, Linda Perry cameos as the bartender.

    Pink told MTV of the video's concept: "I felt like a lot of people have done the club thing, and that's fun. But the funnest part for me about going out is what happens before it. The getting ready, the calling your friends, the getting in the car, what happens in the gas station. That's usually more fun than the club turns out to be."

    The clip was directed by Dave Meyers, who also helmed videos for Pink's debut album.
  • The promo was named Best Female Video and Best Dance Video at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards, besting Britney Spears' "I'm A Slave 4 U" in both categories.
  • Missundaztood was a reintroduction of sorts for Pink, who had already established a musical identity as an R&B/dance-pop singer on her double-Platinum debut, Can't Take Me Home. Ditching the R&B influence in favor of rock and hip-hop was a risky move, but it paid off. Her second album yielded three Top 10 singles and sold 5 million copies in the US. Pink told MTV of the release: "It's a lot more versatile, it's a lot less contrived, it's a lot more me."
  • Pink collaborated with rappers Redman and Rockwilder on a remix of the tune that sampled elements of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)." It was released as a single in France, where it peaked at #4.
  • In 2002, Bally Total Fitness designed an exercise program based on the choreography in the video. The intense hip-hop-inspired aerobics routine was tough even for Pink, who couldn't finish the hour-long session.
  • This was used in these TV shows:

    Succession ("Nobody Is Ever Missing" - 2018)
    Lucifer ("All Hands On Decker" - 2018)
    The Mindy Project ("May Divorce Be With You" - 2017)
    The Simpsons ("Waiting For Duffman" - 2015)
    Black-ish ("The Nod" - 2014)
    The Middle ("Pilot" - 2009)
    The Big Bang Theory ("The Griffin Equivalency" - 2008)
    Gilmore Girls ("Knit, People, Knit!" - 2006)
    Malcolm In The Middle ("Vegas" - 2003)

    And in these movies:

    Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
    Ricki And The Flash (2015)
    Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

Comments: 21

  • Doug Burke from Park City, UtahLinda Perry shared the inspiration for "Get The Party Started" in an interview with me. https://www.backstorysong.com/the-songs/get-the-party-started-by-pink Linda's writing style is to spontaneously create her songs in real time without a lot of premeditation. It really is an amazing gift of songwriting that she possesses.
  • 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 http://www.rhapsody.com/girl-authority/girl-authority/get-the-party-started/lyrics.html 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..plus 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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