The song has received generally mixed reviews from critics. Fraser McAlpine of BBC Chart Blog gave the song a rating of and went to say that "Jason clearly doesn't have a lisp, his sibilants hiss out from every other word in the song. And he delivers them all perfectly. Nice work otherwise.
Idolator says that "Derulo knows how to get the public interested in the hip-hop star again—follow every trend there is". Bill Lamb from About.com gave to the song and says that "Unfortunately on "Ridin' Solo" some of the most annoying aspects of his sound are put front and center making the song ultimately difficult to hear again and again".Robert Copsey from Digital Spy gave to the song and say that "is still another catchy, engaging effort that should keep Derulo near the top on both sides of the pond".
The music video for "Ridin' Solo" was released on May 2, 2010, directed by Scott Speer. The video depicts Derulo singing about being single after breaking up with his girlfriend. In the first 15 seconds of the video Derulo is playing a piano and singing "Blind", which is a track of his debut album, with a photo of his ex-girlfriend on the top of the piano. Derulo features in several scenes shot at Lot 613, including one in a nightclub, several in a Honda CR-Z and him dancing, (at times with backup dancers) on a moving floor (which are actually hidden conveyor belts) in front of a big, colourful LED screen flashing and glowing, sometimes reading "Solo" in block letters. Derulo wears a white jacket with spikes on the sleeves throughout the video in different scenes. In one of the nightclub scenes filmed at Lot 613, a group of girls are seen to be chatting on PlentyofFish (an Internet Dating website) on an iPad. There is a slight difference between the music video and the album version of the song; in the video the line "You told me get my shit together, now I got my shit together, oh" uncensored on the track is replaced by "You told me get myself together, now I got myself together, oh". Some areas of the instrumental have also been altered slightly. This version is also used on many radio stations across the UK. Another Radio Edit exists which is a few seconds shorter than the Album Version and it mutes the explicit lyrics rather than just replace them with other words.
In April 2012, "Ridin' Solo" was covered by mc chris and included on his 2012 mixtape apple lung with the lyrics changed to "I'm Han Solo", also appearing in the video game Kinect Star Wars.The Station parodied "Ridin' Solo" on YouTube as "No Homo".