Let's Get It Started

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This article is about the The Black Eyed Peas song. For the MC Hammer song & album, see Let's Get It Started (album).
"Let's Get It Started"
Single by The Black Eyed Peas
from the album Elephunk
Released June 22, 2004
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Hip hop, funk
Length 3:39 (Radio Edit/"Spike" Mix)
3:35 ("Let's Get Retarded")
7:32 (Bonus Track Album Version)
Label A&M, will.i.am, Interscope
Writer(s) William Adams, Allan Pineda, Jaime Gomez, Terence Yoshiaki, Michael Fratantuno, George Pajon, Jr.
Producer(s) will.i.am
The Black Eyed Peas singles chronology
"Hey Mama"
(2004)
"Let's Get It Started"
(2004)
"Don't Phunk with My Heart"
(2005)

"Let's Get It Started" is a song by American hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, released as a single in 2004. The track was the fourth single released from the band's 2003 album Elephunk, and originally appeared on the album under the title "Let's Get Retarded". This version was included as a bonus track on the 2004 re-issue of the album.

The album version was originally only re-worked for its use in promotion for the 2004 NBA Playoffs on ABC in April 2004,[1] however the new version was so well-received that it was later given an official single release two months later.[2] The song was later included on the soundtrack for the 2006 romantic comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing, the 2004 comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and the 2010 comedy Hot Tub Time Machine. The song is featured during the opening credits of the 2004 motion picture Barbershop 2: Back in Business (although it is not included in the film's soundtrack album). It was featured in the film White Chicks. It was used in UK advertisements for the game The Urbz: Sims in the City. The song was remixed for The Black Eyed Peas' fifth studio album The E.N.D. as "Let's Get Re-Started", it was also featured on their remix album The E.N.D. Summer 2010 Canadian Invasion Tour: Remix Collection The chorus was performed by "Weird Al" Yankovic in his polka medley "Polkarama" from his 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood.

"Let's Get It Started" won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2005 Grammy Awards, and was also nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Song.

Music video[edit]

The music video takes place in a nighttime setting in an urban area. It features The Black Eyed Peas, particularly will.i.am, performing energetic dances while singing the song, while varying objects in the background (including a grand piano) smash against the ground in real-time, slow and fast motion, and in reverse. The choruses feature the band on stage singing to a large crowd.

Chart performance[edit]

"Let's Get It Started" was the first song to sell 500,000 downloads in the United States meaning that it was once the best-selling digital song of all time. "Let's Get It Started" has sold 3,058,195 copies as of October 2012.

The video went to #34 on "MuchMusic's 50 Most Controversial Videos" for its original song title.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Let's Get It Started"
  2. "Let's Get It Started" (Party Mix)
  3. "Let's Get It Started" (Spike Mix)
The Urbz Edition – EP
  1. "Let's Get It Started" (Spike Mix) – 3:39
  2. "Ga Ra Ta Da" (Simlish version) – 3:28
  3. "The Sticky" – 4:39
  4. "Friddy Dope" (Simlish version) – 3:46
UK single
  1. "Let's Get It Started"
  2. "Bridging The Gaps"
  3. "Let's Get It Started" (Enhanced music video)

Official versions[edit]

  • "Let's Get It Started" (Current Version)
  • "Let's Get It Started" (Radio Edit)
  • "Let's Get It Started" (Party Mix)
  • "Let's Get It Started" (Spike Mix)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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  21. ^ "Illegal name entered Black Eyed Peas/Black+Eyed+Peas/chart?f=343 Black Eyed Peas Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Black Eyed Peas.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  23. ^ THE FIELD id (chart number) MUST BE PROVIDED for NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATION.
  24. ^ "American single certifications – The Black Eyed Peas – Let's Get It Started". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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