Finally (CeCe Peniston song)

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Cover art for US editions
Single by CeCe Peniston
from the album Finally
B-side "We Got a Love Thang" (UK)
Released September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23)
Format 7" Single
12" Single
Cassette Single
CD Single
Maxi Single
Recorded 1991 (1991)
Genre Dance
Length 4:08 (Album Version)
3:44 (7" Choice Mix)
Label A&M
Polydor (AU)
Writer(s) Peniston
Producer(s) Delgado
Jackson (co-producer)
Remix: Morales, Kelsey
CeCe Peniston singles chronology
"I Like It"
Music sample
Music video
"7" Mix" on YouTube
1997 Cover
1997 Edition Cover
2011 Cover
2011 Edition Cover

"Finally" is a 1991 song by American musician CeCe Peniston from her debut album, Finally. A dance mix of this song was made, and this remixed version was used in many dance music compilations. "Finally" became Peniston's first (and biggest) hit song, peaking at number five on the US Hot 100 in January 1992 and becoming her only US top-ten hit to date. Prior to that, it was also successful on the US Dance chart, where it spent two weeks at number one in late 1991. In addition, the song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart in a remixed version.

Background and Release[edit]

Peniston grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and began writing pop lyrics already at school. The words of "Finally" were purportedly penned during a chemistry class, while thinking about dating in college.[1][2] In 1989 and 1990 she won the Miss Black Arizona pageant and took the Miss Galaxy pageant a short time later.

Her music career began in January 1991, when Felipe "DJ Wax Dawg" Delgado, her friend and a record producer based also in Phoenix, asked Peniston to record back-up vocals for Tonya Davis, a black female rapper known as Overweight Pooch after her childhood nickname.[3][4][5] Though Overweight Pooch’s album flopped on the market, Manny Lehman (a DJ and executive producer) had noticed the powerful voice of the back-up vocalist, Peniston. He offered record producer Delgado a chance to produce a track for Peniston herself, and her potential as a solo artist.[4] Delgado called hometown friend and music producer, Rodney K. Jackson to help co-produce Peniston’s single, which would be "Finally".[6]

Peniston was 21 years old when "Finally" was released. The song burst on to the US club scene in the fall of 1991, where it became an instant dance anthem, peaking in October,[7] at the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play for two weeks, while achieving a respectful starting position (at No.#29)[8] overseas. Following this, Peniston completed her first album, Finally in just two months. The album made its debut to critical acclaim and Peniston celebrated a year-long run of awards success including the Billboard award for Best New Artist (dance) and three ASCAP awards amongst numerous others. The song "Finally" has sold over 3 million copies to date.

When asked about "Finally" in an 2012 interview, Peniston said:

"It was actually a poem that I had turned into a song, and it was the very first song that I had written. I was doing backup for someone else, and they asked if I had something else and I was like yeah, something I’ve written, and I didn’t know if they’d like it. You know, you don’t really understand your gifts at that point, so when he said I have a hit, I was just like okay. At the time I didn’t understand what it means to have a number one song, I really had no idea. They said you have a hit on your hands and you’re going to have to go to Europe. All of a sudden I was traveling the world, one show turned into two, that little girl from Arizona was going everywhere! You know, I had been here and there, a couple of trips, but nothing at all like this. It was overwhelming."[9]

New versions of "Finally" were released in 1997 and 2011.


The remix of this song is based on the piano riff from the house music classic "Someday" by CeCe Rogers from 1987.[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video of "Finally" was directed by Claude Borenzweig.[11]

Impact and legacy[edit]

DJ Magazine ranked it number 64 in their list of Top 100 Club Tunes in 1998.[12]

VH1 placed "Finally" at #29 in their list of 100 Greatest Dance Songs [1]

MTV Dance placed "Finally" at #28 in their list of The 100 Biggest 90's Dance Anthems Of All Time in November 2011.[13]

Heart TV ranked the song number 3 in their list of 55 Biggest 90's Club Classics in March 2017.[14]

Track listings and formats[edit]

US cassette single
  1. "Finally" (7" Mix) – 4:27
  2. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
US CD single
  1. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12" Mix without Rap) – 7:07
  3. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:04
US 12" and CD maxi-single
  1. "Finally" (12" Mix) – 7:04
  2. "Finally" (Momo Mix) – 7:02
  3. "Finally" (7" Mix) – 4:27
  4. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:04
  5. "Finally" (Journey Mix) – 7:02
  6. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
European and UK 7", CD and cassette French singles
  1. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (7" Mix without Rap) – 4:05
Australian CD and cassette single
  1. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:04
Netherlands and UK 7" singles
  1. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (7" PKA Mix) – 3:58
Australian, European and UK 12" singles
  1. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:04
  2. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
  3. "Finally" (Somedub Mix) – 7:07
UK 12" single
  1. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:04
  2. "Finally" (12" PKA Mix) – 7:08
  3. "We Got a Love Thang" (The Factory Jam) – 7:08
UK CD single
  1. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:04
  3. "Finally" (Somedub Mix) – 7:07
European and UK CD maxi-single
  1. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:04
  3. "Finally" (Somedub Mix) – 7:07
  4. "Finally" (7" Mix without Rap) – 4:05
UK CD maxi-single
  1. "Finally" (7" Choice Mix) – 4:08
  2. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:04
  3. "Finally" (12" PKA Mix) – 7:08
  4. "Finally" (7" PKA Mix) – 3:58
  5. "Finally" (Somedub Mix) – 7:07

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Lost in Music"
by Stereo MC's
US Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play
number-one single

October 26, 1991 – November 2, 1991
Succeeded by
"The Pressure Part 1"
by Sounds of Blackness
Preceded by
"Running Back to You"
by Vanessa L. Williams
Canadian RPM 10 Dance/Urban
number-one single

November 16, 1991 – November 23, 1991
Succeeded by
"Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
by P.M. Dawn

Music awards and nominations[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]



  • In 2000 Ham & DNA sampled it in the song "About U"
  • In 2003 Girl Talk sampled it in the song "Touch 2 Feel"
  • In 2012 DJ Earl sampled it in the song "Tru Love"
  • In 2013 Figgy sampled it in the song "Can't Hide"
  • In 2015 Mr Belt & Wezol sampled it in their song "Finally"
  • In 2016 DJ Mustard feat. Travi$ Scott sampled it in the song "Whole Lotta Lovin'"


Finally 1997[edit]

"Finally '97"
Single by CeCe Peniston
from the album Finally (1997 reissue)
B-side "We Got a Love Thang" and "Hit by Love" (UK)
Released September 1997 (1997-09)
Format 12" Single
CD Single
Maxi Single
Length 3:26 (Classic Funk Radio Mix)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Peniston
Producer(s) Remix: Kupper, Mitchell, Doherty
Music video
"Classic Funk Radio Mix" on YouTube

In 1997, "Finally" was remixed by Eric Kupper to enhance the overseas issue of Peniston's album Finally, which was re-released in Europe and Japan along with her greatest collection, The Best Of CeCe Peniston .

The new remixed version of the song entitled "Classic Funk Mix" (a.k.a. "Finally '97") successfully re-entered the British charts, peaking on September 13 at number 26 on the UK Singles Chart,[16] meaning Peniston had three chart entries with one and the same title (in March 92, in September 97).

Additional credits
  • Recording studio – Hysteria Recording
  • Publishing – PolyGram Music
  • Producer, engineering, programming, keyboards, guitar and bassEric Kupper
  • Remixing – Kupper, George Mitchell and Steven Doherty (as Sharp)
  • Design – Alex
Track listings and formats
French CD single
  1. "Finally" (Classic Funk Radio Mix) – 3:26
  2. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
European CD maxi-single
  1. "Finally" (Classic Funk Radio Mix) – 3:26
  2. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
  3. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Mix)" – 8:00
  4. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Dub)" – 5:28
Italian 12-inch vinyl single
  1. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Mix)" – 8:00
  2. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Dub)" – 5:28
  3. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
  4. "Finally" (Classic Funk Radio Mix) – 3:26
European/UK CD maxi-single (#1)
  1. "Finally" (Classic Funk Radio Mix) – 3:26
  2. "Finally" (Choice' Mix) – 4:09
  3. "We Got a Love Thang" (Silky 7") – 4:28
  4. "Hit by Love" (LP Version) – 4:34
European/UK CD maxi-single (#2)
  1. "Finally" (Classic Funk Radio Mix) – 3:26
  2. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
  3. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Mix)" – 8:00
  4. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Dub)" – 5:28
  5. "Finally" (Sharp's System Vocal) – 8:16
  6. "Finally" (Sharp's Funky Mirror Ball Dub) – 6:00
UK 12-inch double vinyl
  1. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Mix)" – 8:00
  2. "Finally" (Sharp's System Vocal) – 8:16
  3. "Finally" (Acappella)
  4. "Finally" (Nasty Funk Dub)" – 5:28
  5. "Finally" (Sharp's Funky Mirror Ball Dub) – 6:00
  6. "Finally" (Classic Funk Mix) – 7:13
  7. "Finally" (12" Choice Mix) – 7:05
Peak positions
Chart (1997) Peak
UK Top 75 Singles[16] 26

Finally 2008[edit]

"Finally 2k8"
Promotional single from the album Mastermix: Pro Dance 08
Released 2008 (2008)
Format Digital download
Length 7:05
Label Bimbo Rock (AU)
Writer(s) Peniston
Producer(s) Remix: Denny, Zala

In the summer of 2008, the song was remixed by Kam Denny, an Australian DJ and producer, and Paul Zala, also electro house DJ based in Melbourne. Subtitled as "Kam Denny & Paul Zala Remix", or rather "Vandalism Remix", the promotional single was released in Australia on Bimbo Rock, a local indie dance/electro label formed by TV Rock. The new adaptation gained underground house music popularity entered the local Club Tracks Chart, topping for four weeks at number one.[36]

Additional credits
  • Producers and remixing – Kam Denny and Paul Zala

Finally 2011[edit]

"Finally 2011"
Single by CeCe Peniston featuring Joyriders
B-side Remix
Released October 3, 2011 (2011-10-03)
Format Digital download
Length 2:58 (Roman Hunter Airplay Mix)
Label Perfecto
16 Bars
Writer(s) Peniston
Producer(s) Remix: Hunter, Digitalchord, Freeman, Le Duc, Nordgren, Booker
Music video
"Finally" featuring Joyriders on YouTube

At the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of "Finally," Peniston made a number of additional remixes of the song for Paul Oakenfold, featuring Joyriders, and supported also by music video.[39] Originally, the song was to be attached to her cancelled studio album CeCe.[40]

Additional credits
  • Executive producer – Paul Oakenfold
  • Vocals – Peniston (re-recorded)
  • Performer – Joyriders
  • Producers and remixing – Roman Hunter, Digitalchord, Zen Freeman, Remy Le Duc, Mikael Nordgren (as Tiger Stripes), Chuckii Booker (as DJ Cii)
  • Vocal production – Kevin Lewis
Track listings and formats
Release #1
  1. "Finally" (Roman Hunter Airplay Mix) – 2:58
Release #2
  1. "Finally" (Roman Hunter Remix) – 7:03
  2. "Finally" (Digitalchord Remix) – 7:00
  3. "Finally" (Zen Freeman & Remy Le Duc Remix) – 6:03
  4. "Finally" (Tiger Stripes Remix) – 7:22
  5. "Finally" (DJ Cii Remix) – 2:31
Deep House Selection, Volume 6 (The Finest Deep House Tunes)
  1. "Finally" (Tiger Stripes Radio Edit) – 3:15


In popular culture[edit]

The song features in the 1998 film Bimboland produced by Ariel Zeitoun. The 7-inch Choice Mix was used in the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and featured on its soundtrack album. The song is also featured in the stage musical based on the film.[citation needed]

For her ninth tour Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour that resumed on November 11, 2006 at Sydney Entertainment Centre (ended on January 23, 2007), Kylie Minogue used elements of Peniston's song when performing her 2000 comeback single "Spinning Around", co-written by Paula Abdul.[citation needed]

In November 2009, pop musician Lady Gaga used excerpts of "Finally" for the opening of The Monster Ball Tour in her song "Dance in the Dark".[citation needed]

In July 2014, British singer Matt Fishel included a cover version of the song on his virtual EP Cover Boy. The accompanying video won the category for Best Lyric Video at the 2014 LGBT-based RightOutTV Music & Video Award.[41]

The song was also used in an advertisement for Ariel detergent in the Philippines, along with modified lyrics to promote the product.[42] The commercial has since spawned numerous parodies poking fun at the campy nature of the commercial and the song used, with numerous people and fictional characters lip-syncing to the tune.[43]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Psaroudis, Yiannis. "DiVA Station > R&B/Soul > CeCe Peniston >". (DiVA Station). Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  3. ^ Jarvik, Elaine (1992-03-12). "Peniston Building Public Relations in Utah". Deseret News. Deseret News Publishing Company. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
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  5. ^ Koen, David (1992-07-08). "Hip-Hop Home Girls: A Trio of Women Puts the Valley on the Music Map". Phoenix New Times. Village Voice Media. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  6. ^ Delgado, Felipe. "Profile > WaxxGado". (News Corporation). Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
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  8. ^ "Chart Stats > CeCe Peniston > Singles and Albums". (Chart Stats). Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  9. ^ "Q&A: CeCe Peniston: Finally: 20 Years Later". Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  10. ^ "CeCe Peniston Finally (12-Choice-Mix)-CeCe Rogers Someday". Retrieved March 7, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Claude Borenzweig". Retrieved February 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ "DJ Magazine Top 100 Club Tunes (1998)". Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  13. ^ MTV Dance Tuesday 27.12.2011
  14. ^ Heart TV Friday 03.03.2017
  15. ^ a b For peak positions of "Finally" single in Canadian RPM 100 chart, use the first link. For its peak position in RPM 10 Dance/Urban chart, use the second link. Note: Up to 1994 RPM published only Top 10 positions for dance/urban category, since 1995 Top 30 list is effective.
  16. ^ a b c d For peak positions of "Finally" single in UK, choose the singles link, or a chartstats link depending on a release and/or peak date to view full runs of the single(s) in England.
  17. ^ a b c For peak positions of "Finally" in USA, use the general links, and/or, in order to view there not-listed top positions, respectively additional information such as peak date(s) and/or weeks spent on chart(s), you will have to subscribe to website to vie also the specific links.
  18. ^ a b For peak position of "Finally" in ARIA chart, see the australiancharts link. For its top position in Australian Kent Music Report, follow the austchartbook link, respectively the hitsofalldecades link for KMR's year-end chart. For ARIA year-end chart, see the
  19. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – Austria (in German)". PhonoNet Austria GesmbH. Musikmarkt. Retrieved 2011-03-19. #9 
  20. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – Belgium (in Dutch)". Radio 2. Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep. 1992-02-15. Retrieved 2011-03-20. #16 
  21. ^ "CeCe Peniston - Belgium (Flanders) - Singles". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-03-21. Finally #3 
  22. ^ a b For peak positions of "Finally" single in the Netherlands, follow the Dutch Top 40, or the Single Top 100 link, depending on a preferred chart list. Both are considered as the official charts in the country, however 'Nederlands Top 40' does not provide an albums chart. Note: When using the Dutch Top 40 link, click at the song's title to view its highest position placed in section called 'positieverloop'.
  23. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – France". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Hunge Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-20. #39 
  24. ^ For peak positions of "Finally" single in Germany, use either the, or the link.
  25. ^ For the peak position of "Finally" in Ireland, search either by the song's title, or the artist's name using the following link.
  26. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – New Zealand". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-20. #8 
  27. ^ "CeCe Peniston – "Finally" – Switzerland (in German)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-03-20. #12 
  28. ^ For the top position of "Finally" in US Cashbox chart, follow the either the cashboxmagazine link, or see the pdf document at hitsofalldecades link in addition.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g For peak year-end chart positions of "Finally", use a link depending on a chart territory. To check also the US year-end positions, only subscribers will access the specific links.
  30. ^ "American Top 40 Turns 40 – Remembering 1992". American Top 40. KIIS-FM. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  31. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  32. ^ a b For music recording sales certifications of "Finally" along with its sales quota, search by the song title or the artist's name using the BPI link for UK, while the RIAA link for USA.
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  34. ^ a b c "Peniston Leads Nominees For Billboard Music Video Awards". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 1992-10-17. p. 79. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  35. ^ "Gaynor 'Survives' To Become VH1's Greatest Dance Song". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
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  37. ^ For the peak position of "Finally" in the International Global Dance Tracks chart compiled by US Billboard, you will need to subscribe to website to review the link.
  38. ^ CeCe Peniston – "Finally 2008" – ARIA Australian Top Club Tracks 2008 (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. ARIA. 2008. p. 22. Retrieved 2015-03-21. CeCe Peniston "Finally 2008" #17 
  39. ^ "CeCe Peniston featuring Joyriders – "Finally (Oakenfold Mix)". Karma Foundation. Perfecto Records. Retrieved 2011-10-06. 
  40. ^ "We Got a Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name Thang: An Interview with CeCe Peniston". Boy Culture. TypePad. 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2011-07-29. It's the twentieth anniversary of "Finally," which is nice. I'm about to do a remix of it with Paul Oakenfold. 
  41. ^ "RightOutTV Music & Video Awards 2014 Winners Announced". The Seattle Lesbian. TSL. 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2015-03-21. 
  42. ^ "Ariel launches low-priced "Swakto sachet"". BusinessWorld. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 
  43. ^ Canlas, KC (10 April 2015). "VIRAL: Compilation of Ariel's "Finally" Jingle Memes and Parodies". When In Manila. Retrieved 18 April 2015. 

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