The song became MC Lyte's second highest charting single in the U.S. after her previous single "Keep On, Keepin' On", peaking at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also became a hit in several other countries, including New Zealand where it reached No. 1. "Cold Rock a Party" was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of 500,000 copies on February 19, 1997. To date, it is MC Lyte's last single to reach the Billboard Hot 100 or receive a gold certification.