Hey Mama (The Black Eyed Peas song)

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"Hey Mama"
Single by The Black Eyed Peas
from the album Elephunk
Released January 12, 2004
Format CD single
Recorded March 7–8, 2003
Genre Hip hop, dancehall
Length 3:35 (Album Version)
4:12 (Single Version)
3:45 (Radio Edit)
Label A&M, will.i.am, Interscope
Writer(s) Will Adams, Anthony Henry
Producer(s) will.i.am
The Black Eyed Peas Singles chronology
"Shut Up"
"Hey Mama"
"Let's Get It Started"

"Hey Mama" is a song by the American hip hop band The Black Eyed Peas. It reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The 2004 single is the third one taken from their 2003 album Elephunk.

Song information[edit]

"Hey Mama" was released as the album's third single in 2004 and was a moderate hit. The single version of the song differs from the album version in that it cuts a verse from the end of the song and replaces it with an entirely new one performed by members Taboo and apl.de.ap (both who didn't perform on the original album version), changes some of the lyrics, and slightly alters the instrumentals.

The song was featured in the original television commercial for the iPod. "Hey Mama" has reached #3 in Switzerland, #4 in Australia, Austria and New Zealand. It has also reached #6 in the UK becoming their third top ten hit. "Hey Mama" also reached #9 in Canada and #23 in the US becoming another success for the group. The song was also featured in 2007 in Konami's Dance Dance Revolution Ultramix 3 on the Xbox gaming system.

The song was used to promote the 2004 film Garfield: The Movie which stars Bill Murray in the titular role. In the film, Garfield has a dance off with Odie to this song. The song is also included on the film's soundtrack and was used in advertisements for the film.

A college band version of the song was in the soundtrack for NCAA March Madness 2005. This song also features uncredited vocals from British reggae singer Tippa Irie.

Music video[edit]

The Black Eyed Peas in the psychedelic limbo from the music video.

The music video features 3 main locations, the first shown being a psychedelic limbo, where the BEP does breakdancing and the main verse of the song is sung. (Hey Mama, this that beat that make you move, mama). The color scheme is mostly yellow, red, brown and off-white. The second is the vertically-black-and-white striped canvas-room. A few parts are sung in here, but the main one is the one featuring Fergie. The third one is the club dance scene, which has lots of background characters dancing.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Hey Mama"
  2. "Positivity" (Live From House of Blues, Chicago)
  3. "Release" (Live From House of Blues, Chicago)
  4. "Hey Mama" - The Video



Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 25
Denmark (Tracklisten)[5] 8
France (SNEP)[6] 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 5
Hungary (Single Top 40)[9] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 5
Italy (FIMI)[11] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 6
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[15] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 23
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[19] 8
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[20] 27


  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Danishcharts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama". Tracklisten.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama" (in French). Les classement single.
  7. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas: Hey Mama" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  8. ^ "Musicline.de – Black Eyed Peas Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 11, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Italiancharts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama". Top Digital Download.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 14, 2004" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2008-05-08. 
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Black Eyed Peas – Hey Mama". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Black Eyed Peas: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Black Eyed Peas.
  19. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for The Black Eyed Peas.
  20. ^ "The Black Eyed Peas – Chart history" Billboard Rhythmic Songs for The Black Eyed Peas.

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