"Low" is the debut single by American rapper Flo Rida, featured on his debut album Mail on Sunday and also featured on the soundtrack to the 2008 film Step Up 2: The Streets. The song features T-Pain and was co-written with T-Pain. There is also a remix in which the hook is sung by Flo Rida rather than T-Pain. An official remix was made which features Pitbull and T-Pain.
The now-iconic single was a hit worldwide and the longest running number-one single of 2008 in the United States. With six million paid digital downloads, it was certified six-times platinum by the RIAA, and was the most downloaded single of 2000s decade, measured by paid digital downloads. The song was named 3rd on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade. "Low" spent ten consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, the longest-running number-one single of 2008. Even though well charted, the song was negatively reviewed from critics.
Chart performance 
The song debuted at number 91 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 6, 2007, and reached number one for the week of December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008. The song generated the second greatest one-week digital sales in the history of Billboard Magazine's Digital Songs chart (behind Flo Rida's "Right Round"), with 467,000 digital copies in one week. "Low" was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks and remained in the top ten of the chart for 23 weeks, making it both T-Pain and Flo Rida's most successful single to date. The song stayed on the Hot 100 for 39 weeks, before dropping out in June 2008.
The song was dethroned on the Hot 100 by Usher's "Love in This Club" featuring Young Jeezy. As the first number one on the Hot 100 of 2008, "Low" held the top position longer than any song did in 2008 (see List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 2008 (U.S.)), and is the longest running Hot 100 number one since Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable." The song is also the longest-running number one in the history of the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart, topping the chart for 13 weeks, and also on the now-defunct Pop 100 chart, where it ruled for 12 weeks. On June 29, 2008, it became the first song ever to sell 4 million digital copies in the US, and then on June 21, 2009, the first to sell over 5 million copies. It was best-selling digitally-downloaded song of all time until it was surpassed by The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" in May 2010. The song sold over 6 million by August 7, 2011, and digital sales, as of January 2013, now stand at 6.565 million.
The physical release of the single occurred in the UK week beginning 24 March 2008. On July 20, 2008, the song moved up to No. 19 on the UK Singles Chart, several months after its official release. Although it failed to reach number one in the UK, it amassed 53 weeks inside the UK Top 75 (making it the joint 20th longest runner of all time), and 75 weeks inside the Top 100. As of January 2012, the song had sold 613,434 copies in the UK.
The song was ranked at #23 on Billboard's All Time Hot 100 for the 50th anniversary of the chart. The song was also was ranked the number-one song for 2008 in Billboard's ranking of the Top Hot 100 Hits of 2008. On December 28, 2008, it was listed at No. 11 for the UK Singles Chart year-end countdown and was named highest-selling single in Australia in 2008.
Track listing 
- Low 3:53
- Low (Travis Barker Remix) 4:15
- Low 3:53
- Low (Instrumental) 3:53
- Birthday (Amended Version)
- Video Low
Music video 
The video of "Low" was directed by Bernard Gourley and contains certain clips from Step Up 2 The Streets. It also contains cameos from Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Cool & Dre, Briana Evigan, & Torch & Gunplay of Triple C's. Also, T-Pain and Flo Rida are in a nightclub in a few scenes. The music video reached the #1 spot on 106 & Park for 5 days and 22 days on TRL. The music video was also nominated at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Male Video and Best Hip-Hop Video, but lost to Chris Brown's "With You" (Best Male Video) and Lil Wayne's Lollipop (Best Hip-Hop Video) videos.
Cover versions and media usage 
The song was performed live with the band Simple Plan at the 2008 MuchMusic Video Awards. Albuquerque, New Mexico based Crunkcore group Brokencyde released a cover of this song on "THA $C3N3 MiXTaPe" in 2008. Travis Barker, drummer from Blink 182 added a drum version cover of the song. On October 23, 2012, the cast of The Big Bang Theory made a flashmob during the live taping of an episode, featuring the song as well as others. The song was featured in Suburgatory.
Charts and certifications 
Weekly charts 
Year-end charts 
Decade-end charts 
All-time charts 
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