Party All the Time
|"Party All the Time"|
|Single by Eddie Murphy|
|from the album How Could It Be|
|Released||May 23, 1985|
|Writer(s)||Rick James, Eddie Murphy|
|Eddie Murphy singles chronology|
"Party All the Time" is a single originally recorded by comedian and actor Eddie Murphy in 1985, written and produced by Rick James and Kevin Johnston at James' home studio in Buffalo, New York. The single reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, kept off the top spot by Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me". Rick James also provided some vocals for the song.
The song tells a harrowing tale from the perspective of a heartbroken lover, portrayed in the first-person by Eddie Murphy. He begins by questioning, perhaps rhetorically, why the female with whom he is currently participating in a relationship would want to cause him emotional pain. The narrator goes on to list extravagant items he's purchased for her, including, but not limited to: champagne, roses, and diamond rings. Despite the items that the narrator has given, the female still insists on staying out all night (presumably in the company of other men). The narrator then poses perhaps another rhetorical question as to what he should do to remedy this depressing situation. The listener is then repeatedly informed that the narrator's "girl" wishes to attend nightclubs and house parties at all hours of the day and night. Later on, the narrator reveals that he's acted as a voyeur and observed said female whilst she was present at an unknown nightclub. She was seen providing her telephone number to virtually every male patron of the club with whom she came in verbal contact. We are then informed that the narrator's female companion never arrives at their place of residence in the evening. Her absence is believed to be caused by infidelity, presumably with one or many of the men with whom she became acquainted earlier that evening. The narrator then goes on to wish that his female companion would have sexual intercourse with him, instead of the many other men with whom he infers she has been copulating.
On September 11, 2010, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at #36 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, stating, "If only Eddie Murphy knew an amazingly sharp, funny, music-loving comedian to help rip this 'song' apart..."
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||16|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||3|
|United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)||87|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||8|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||7|
|U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles||19|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||7|
Covers and appearances
In 2007, the song was featured on the hit TV series Scrubs in the Season 6 episode "My Words of Wisdom". The gospel at J.D.'s (fantasized) funeral sings it as one of his last requests.
In 2012, the song was used in season 4, episode 7 of Regular Show entitled "Guy's Night."
The song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto V, on the radio station Space 103.2.
- "Party All the Time". Billboard.com.
- Wilkening, Matthew (September 11, 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever -- Part Four of Five". AOL Radio. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
- Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
- New Zealand peak
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- Chadbourne, Eugene. "Weird Al Yankovic – Polka Party!". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
- "Sharam - Party All The Time".
- Jocelyn Vena; Matt Elias (2009). "Aubrey O'Day To Stay 'True To Danity Kane Roots' On Solo Album". MTV. Retrieved 2010-04-09.
- "Asher Roth's Party Girl sample of Eddie Murphy's Party All the Time". WhoSampled. Retrieved April 29, 2012.
- Goldberg, Lesley (February 24, 2014). "Glee 's 100th Episode Song List Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 2, 2014.