I Got Ants in My Pants

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"I Got Ants in My Pants - Part 1"
Single by James Brown
B-side "I Got Ants in My Pants - Part 15 & 16"
Released November 1972 (1972-11) or January 1973 (1973-01)
Format 7"
Recorded October 10, 1971, Capricorn or Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA
Genre Funk
  • 3:02 (Part 1)
  • 3:58 (Part 15 & 16)
Label Polydor
Writer(s) James Brown
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"What My Baby Needs Now Is a Little More Lovin'"
"I Got Ants in My Pants - Part 1"
"Down and Out in New York City"

"I Got Ants in My Pants (and I Want to Dance)" is a funk song by James Brown. Recorded in 1971 and released as a two-part single in November 1972[1] or January 1973,[2] it charted #4 R&B and #27 Pop. It did not receive an album release. A remixed version was included on the 1988 compilation album Motherlode.


  1. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  2. ^ Weinger, Harry (2003). Motherlode [CD booklet]. New York: Universal Records.

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