I'm So Excited

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"I'm So Excited"
I'm So Excited by Pointer Sisters 1982 12-inch US vinyl.png
Picture sleeve for 1982 US 12-inch ​33 13-RPM single
Single by The Pointer Sisters
from the album So Excited! and Break Out
  • "Nothin' but a Heartache" (1982)
  • "Dance Electric" (1984)
  • "What a Surprise" (1984)
ReleasedSeptember 1982[1]
July 1984 (re release)[2]
3:56 (single edit)
Producer(s)Richard Perry
The Pointer Sisters singles
1982 singles chronology
"American Music"
"I'm So Excited"
"If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady"
The Pointer Sisters singles
1984 singles chronology
"Jump (For My Love)"
"I'm So Excited"
"Neutron Dance"

"I'm So Excited" is a song by American vocal group The Pointer Sisters. Jointly written and composed by the sisters in collaboration with Trevor Lawrence, it was originally released in 1982 (reaching number 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100) and saw a remixed re release in 1984 (reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot 100).[3][4] Billboard named the song number 23 on their list of "100 Greatest Girl Group Songs Of All Time".[5]


The song was originally recorded for and appeared on the Sisters' 1982 album, So Excited!, and was subsequently released as a single.[6] Upon its release, the single charted at No. 28 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart, No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 46 on the Billboard R&B Singles chart.[7]

Two years later, on the group's RIAA certified multi platinum album Break Out, a slightly remixed and edited version of the song was included and re released as a single.[8][9]

This time, it peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 25 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[7] The addition of "I'm So Excited" to Break Out necessitated that "Nightline", a track featured on the album in its original format, be deleted from later pressings of the album.[citation needed]

In March 2001, the song was included in the RIAA and National Endowment for the Arts project Songs of the Century, a list intended to "promote a better understanding of America's musical and cultural heritage."[10] The song was ranked #264 out of 365 songs.[11]

The song was featured in the movie Summer Lovers (1982), though it was not included on the movie's soundtrack.[12] It was also featured in the theatrical and VHS releases of National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), but was replaced with the sonically unrelated "Little Boy Sweet" on future versions. In 1985 it featured prominently in the opening scene (a lengthy flashback to a yacht party that plays again later) in the miniseries "Deceptions" starring Stefanie Powers. Later on, it featured in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993) and briefly in Eddie Murphy's version of The Nutty Professor (1996).

Other films that featured the song include Protocol (1984), Playing for Keeps (1986), Working Girl (1988),[13] Riff-Raff (1991), The Story of Us (1999), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), and I'm So Excited (2013) which also takes its name from the song itself.

Music video[edit]

A music video was filmed for the 1982 release of the single, directed by choreographer Kenny Ortega.[14] In the clip, the sisters are seen getting ready for a formal party at a high society club.

Anita Pointer is shown dressing and applying make up; Ruth Pointer, in nothing but a nightgown, is shown rolling around on her bed and throwing her garments around; and June Pointer is wearing nothing at all and taking a bubble bath. Once the sisters arrive at the club, they are photographed, attracting the attention of the other party goers. By the video's end, they have the club on its feet jamming to the song. On the video also appears Dorian Harewood.

Usage in media[edit]

  • The song was first heard on the adult romance comedy of 1982, Summer Lovers.
  • The pay television network Showtime utilized many versions of the song in its identity package from 1984 to 1986, with versions of the tune used for bumpers, promos and intros. The network slogan during the duration of the campaign was "Showtime Excitement".[citation needed]
  • The song is also one of the songs available in the popular dancing game Just Dance 3.
  • The selection was used in Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's eponymous comedy film of 2013, as both its English language title and its theme song.[citation needed]
  • In the second season of Saved by The Bell, Jessie, Kelly, and Lisa form a singing group in the episode "Jessie's Song.".The pressure of balancing school and the group leads Jessie to abuse caffeine pills; when Zack confronts her about her addiction, she manically sings "I'm So Excited" (one of the songs the group has been performing) before sobbing "I'm so... scared!" This scene has achieved cult status and has led to many YouTube reenactments and even a recreation by Jessie's portrayer, Elizabeth Berkley when Berkley competed on Dancing with the Stars.[15][16][17]
  • The song was also used for adverts featuring Cadbury Crunchie.
  • The song was sung in a Drake & Josh episode titled "The Drake & Josh Inn".
  • A clip of the Song was used in an Episode of The Big Bang Theory


Personnel (1983)[edit]

Chart history[edit]


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