Get Ready for This

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"Get Ready for This"
Get Ready For This.jpg
One of European cover arts
Single by 2 Unlimited
from the album Get Ready!
Released September 1991
Format
Recorded 1991
Genre
Length 3:46
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Phil Wilde
  • Jean-Paul de Coster
  • Ray Slijngaard
Producer(s)
  • Phil Wilde
  • Jean-Paul de Coster
2 Unlimited singles chronology
"Get Ready for This"
(1991)
"Twilight Zone"
(1992)

"Get Ready for This"
(1991)
"Twilight Zone"
(1992)

"Get Ready for This" is a song recorded by Dutch group 2 Unlimited.[3]

Background[edit]

In 1990, producers Phil Wilde and Jean-Paul de Coster had previously gained success with AB Logic, and were looking for another vehicle for their songs. 2 Unlimited formed when Wilde and DeCoster were introduced to rapper Ray Slijngaard and vocalist Anita Doth by Marvin D., who had featured both in his rap group in the past.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

2 Unlimited in the "Get Ready for This" music video.

"Get Ready for This" was released in September 1991 as the lead single from 2 Unlimited's debut album Get Ready! Originally, the single was produced as an instrumental, titled the "Orchestral Mix". Conscious of their popularity, Wilde & De Coster wanted a more accessible, formatted formula for their project to grow. Ray was then asked to write lyrics and add a rap to the track. On Ray's suggestion, Anita joined as the female vocalist.

The rap version was released with raps by Ray Slijngaard and vocals by Anita Doth. For the UK release of the single, an edit of the original "Orchestral Mix" was used, without vocals except for the line "Y'all ready for this?" This was sampled from The D.O.C.'s hit single "It's Funky Enough."[4] This was done by record producer Pete Waterman, who owned the record label 2 Unlimited were licensed to for UK releases.

"Get Ready for This" was an immediate success throughout Europe with notable peaks worldwide, including Australia and the U.S. It is arguably the most famous of the band's singles in the United States having charted at no. 14 on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, no. 17 on the Top 40 Mainstream and no. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's only Top 40 hit in the U.S.

Appearances[edit]

The song is one of the most frequently played songs at sporting events around the world,[4] and was the opening song for the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV, and similarly served as the opening song at one time for two NBA teams, the Orlando Magic and the San Antonio Spurs. It has also been the opening song for several Major League Baseball teams, including the Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and San Diego Padres, as well as the Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks of the NHL. It has also been the goal song at one time or another for two other NHL teams, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs (for the former, it was their opening goal song until "Hey Hey Hockeytown" was recorded, then it was used for their second goal). The Sharks currently have this song as their goal song as of late March 2016.

The song has also appeared in the introduction of the starting lineups in the Philippine Basketball Association was used in 1999 until 2000 seasons.

Track listing[edit]

7": Byte Records / BYTE 7006 (Benelux)[edit]

Side one
  1. "Get Ready For This (Rap Version)" – 3:42
Side two
  1. "Get Ready For This (Instrumental)" – 3:42

7": PWL Continental / PWL 206 (UK)[edit]

Side one
  1. "Get Ready For This (Orchestral Edit)" – 2:53
Side two
  1. "Get Ready For This (800 Edit)" – 3:30

12": PWL Continental / PWLT 206 (UK)[edit]

Side one
  1. "Get Ready For This (Orchestral Edit)" – 5:31
Side two
  1. "Get Ready For This (800 Edit)" – 5:14

12": ZYX Records / ZYX 6599-12 (Germany)[edit]

Side one
  1. "Get Ready For This (Orchestral Mix)" – 5:26
Side two
  1. "Get Ready For This (Rap Version)" – 5:54
  2. "Get Ready For This (Wilde Mix)" – 5:57

12": Hot Productions / HAL 12256 (US)[edit]

Side one
  1. "Get Ready For This (Orchestral Edit)" – 5:31
Side two
  1. "Get Ready For This (800 Edit)" – 5:14
  2. "Pacific Walk" – 3:05

The Remixes 12": Hot Productions / HAL 12261 (US)[edit]

Side one
  1. "Get Ready For This (Orchestral Mix)" – 5:26
  2. "Get Ready For This (Rap Version)" – 5:54
Side two
  1. "Get Ready For This (Wilde Mix)" – 5:57
  2. "Get Ready For This (Rio & Le Jean Mix)" – 3:08

CD: Byte Records / BYTE 5006 (Benelux)[edit]

  1. "Get Ready for This" (Rap Version) – 5:53
  2. "Get Ready for This" (Orchestral Mix) – 5:31
  3. "Get Ready for This" (Wilde Mix) – 5:55
  4. "Get Ready for This" (Rio & Le Jean Mix) – 3:06
  5. "Get Ready for This" (Rapversion Edit) – 3:42

CD: PWL Continental / PWCD 206 (UK)[edit]

  1. "Get Ready For This (Orchestral Mix:Edit)" – 2:53
  2. "Get Ready For This (Orchestral Mix)" – 5:31
  3. "Get Ready For This (800 Mix:Edit)" – 3:30

CD: ZYX Records / ZYX 6599-8 (Germany)[edit]

  1. "Get Ready for This" (7" Rap Version) – 3:42
  2. "Get Ready for This" (Orchestral Mix) – 5:26
  3. "Get Ready for This (Rap Version)" – 5:54
  4. "Get Ready for This" (Wilde Mix) – 5:57

CD: Critique / 01624 15490-2 (US)[edit]

  1. "Get Ready for This (Radio Mix)" – 3:42
  2. "Get Ready for This (No Rap Mix)" – 2:51
  3. "Get Ready for This (Rap Mix)" – 5:26
  4. "Get Ready for This (Orchestral Mix)" – 5:54
  5. "Get Ready for The Twilight Zone" – 3:55

Charts[edit]

Yves Deruyter remixes[edit]

"Get Ready for This (Yves Deruyter Remix)"
Single by 2 Unlimited
Released 2001
Label White Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Phil Wilde
  • Jean-Paul de Coster
  • Ray Slijngaard

After the moderate success of the 2 Unlimited compilation album Greatest Hits Remixes in 2001, two white labels were released with remixes of "Get Ready for This". The first 12" was released in May 2001 in Belgium with a remix by DJ/producer Yves Deruyter. Although just a single sided pressing featuring the full 12" remix, the radio edit was officially released later in the 2002 release Trance Remixes (Special Edition).

Track listing[edit]

12" white label

A "Get Ready for This" (Yves Deruyter Remix)

Robbie Rivera remixes[edit]

Following the May 2001 release of the Yves Deruyter remixes, August the same year saw the release of another "Get Ready for This" remix by Puerto Rican DJ/producer Robbie Rivera.

Track listing[edit]

12" white label
  • A "Get Ready for This" (Rivera Latin Groove Remix)
  • B1 "Get Ready for This" (Big Groove Remix)
  • B2 "Get Ready for This" (Dark Remix)

Steve Aoki remixes[edit]

"Get Ready for This (Steve Aoki Remix)"
Single by 2 Unlimited
Released 2013
Label Byte
Songwriter(s)
  • Phil Wilde
  • Jean-Paul de Coster
  • Ray Slijngaard
2 Unlimited singles chronology
"Tribal Dance 2.4"
(2004)
"Get Ready for This (Steve Aoki Remix)"
(2013)

"Tribal Dance 2.4"
(2004)
"Get Ready (Steve Aoki Remix)"
(2013)

In 2013, American DJ/producer Steve Aoki released a remix of "Get Ready for This" on Byte Records as part of a forthcoming 2 Unlimited greatest hits album.[24] The Rap and Orchestral mixes featured on the original "Get Ready for This" single were also included.

Track listing[edit]

Download 1 (Steve Aoki Remixes EP)
  1. "Get Ready" (Steve Aoki Extended) (5:25)
  2. "Get Ready" (Steve Aoki Edit) (3:08)
  3. "Get Ready" (Rap Version) (5:26)
  4. "Get Ready" (Orchestral Mix) (3:42)
Download 2 (Steve Aoki Radio Mixes)
  1. "Get Ready" (Steve Aoki Vocal Edit) (2:55)
  2. "Get Ready" (Steve Aoki Instrumental Edit) (2:55)

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Netherlands (Dutch Dance Top 30)[25] 28

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