The song was originally recorded for, and appeared on, the sisters's 1982 album So Excited! and was subsequently released as a single. Upon its release, the single charted at No. 28 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart, No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 46 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. Additionally, the song was featured in the 1982 movie Summer Lovers, though it was not included on the movie's soundtrack. It was also featured in the theatrical and VHS releases of National Lampoon's Vacation but was replaced with the sonically unrelated "Little Boy Sweet" on future versions.
Two years later, on the group's RIAA-certified multi-platinum album Break Out, a slightly remixed and edited version of the song was included and re-released as a single. This time, it peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 25 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
In 1984, a music video for the remixed version of the song was released. In the clip, the sisters are seen getting ready for a formal party at a high-society club. Anita Pointer is dressing and applying make-up; Ruth Pointer, in nothing but a nightgown, is shown rolling around on her bed and throwing her garments around; and June Pointer is taking a bubble bath. Once the sisters arrive at the club, all three in matching red, glitter dresses, they are photographed, attracting the attention of the other party-goers. By the video's end, they have the club on its feet jamming to the song.
The pay TV network Showtime utilized many versions of the song in its' identity package from 1984 to 1988, with versions of the tune used for bumpers, promos and intros. Similarly, the network slogan was "Showtime Excitement"; the slogan was used frequently, and it was all accompanied by a graphics package of deep blues and purples.
The Estonian singer Marju Länik released a cover in Estonian language titled "Ei võrdset sulle."
In 1998 and 1999, the Croatian singer Nina Badrić had an international hit with her remake (in English) of "I'm So Excited;" a hit in the Balkan states and Greece, this version also reached #9 in Italy.
A Finnish rendering, "Aina Vain Sexii," was recorded by Hunajamelonit for their 1996 Hedelmälihaa album.
Poison Sun, a German Heavy/Power Metal band featuring Accept guitarist Herman Frank covered this song in their debut album "Virtual Sin" in 2010. As did Frank's other band Victory in 2011 on their Don't Talk Science album.
In the Drake & Josh episode "The Drake and Josh Inn," Drake invites Josh's boss Helen to come to their house so she can scare away the college kids that came to party at his house. Instead, when she comes over, the MTV crew comes into the living room, and Helen begins to sing this song.
The Canadian country singer Carroll Baker released a cover version of the song in 1982, which made the Canadian Adult Contemporary charts. It later appeared on her 1984 album A Step in the Right Direction.
The selection is also well known through its association with the situation comedy Saved By The Bell; in one episode, Jessie Spano (Elizabeth Berkley) becomes addicted to caffeine pills and sings the song as she has a breakdown and recognizes her addiction.
The selection was used in Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race during the "lip-sync for your life" between Coco Montrese and Jade Jolie, the former being the victor during this elimination. Anita and Ruth Pointer were also featured as guest judges during this episode.
The selection was used in acclaimed Spanish director's Pedro Almodóvar's eponymous 2013 comedy, as both its title and its theme song.
^Amy Hanson. "The Pointer Sisters biography on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 July 2013. "Break Out, an album that went multi-platinum due to a string of four state-of-the-art dance-pop singles. “Automatic,” “Jump (For My Love),” a remix of 1982’s “I’m So Excited,” and “Neutron Dance”"
^ abAmy Hanson. "I'm So Excited review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 13 July 2013. "”I’m so Excited” was an 80’s driven, synth and piano heavy slab of new-wave R&B."
^"Youngest Pointer Sister Loses Cancer Battle at 52". IMDb.com, Inc. 13 April 2006. Retrieved 10 July 2013. "The Pointer Sisters (...) really found their niche in the post-disco world, recording smooth tunes like "Slow Hand" and dance floor fillers such as "I'm So Excited.""