I Just Want to Celebrate

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"I Just Want to Celebrate"
Single by Rare Earth
from the album One World
B-side"The Seed"
Format7" single
GenreFunk rock, hard rock
Length2:52 (single edit)
3:35 (album version)
LabelRare Earth Records
Songwriter(s)Dino Fekaris
Nick Zesses
Producer(s)Rare Earth
Tom Baird
Rare Earth singles chronology
"Born to Wander"
"I Just Want to Celebrate"
"Hey Big Brother"

"I Just Want to Celebrate" is a song recorded by American rock band Rare Earth. It was the lead single on their 1971 album One World and was the band's fifth single overall. It reached #7 on the pop charts and was Rare Earth's final top 10 single. It was the opening song on their live album, Rare Earth in Concert, released later that year. The song was included on various live and best-of compilations in later years.[1]


The song has been included on numerous 1970s compilation albums in the years following its release.[1]

It has been used in national advertising campaigns by Ford Motor Company, AT&T, and Nicoderm. It appeared in the final episode of the television show Six Feet Under and was also featured prominently in the films Three Kings, A Knight's Tale and Land of the Lost, in the trailer for the film Tropic Thunder, and in the end credits music in episode 24 ("One Day in the Valley") of the television series, Entourage. In 2012, the song was used in advertisements for Nicoderm CQ brand smoking cessation patches, and appeared in the credits of the action film The Expendables 2. In 2013, it appeared in the commercial for the video game Plants vs. Zombies 2: It's About Time.


The song was among the most popular hits of the 1970s. Joe Viglione at Allmusic noted that without its inclusion on One World, "the album would've been an instant bargain-bin candidate."[2]

Cover versions and samples[edit]

Vonda Van Dyke recorded a version of the song for her 1971 album, "Day By Day".

Kim Boyce recorded a pop/dance version of the song for her 1988 album, "Time And Again".[3]

Nu metal band Grade 8 recorded a cover version entitled "Celebrate" as the final track for their 2003 self-titled debut.

On October 27 and 28, 2007, heavy metal band Metallica opened with "I Just Want to Celebrate" during their acoustic performances at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit show. The song came as a shock to fans and was the first of numerous uncharacteristic covers in the shows.[4]

Compton, California rappers N.W.A. sampled "I Just Want to Celebrate" in the song "Real Niggaz Don't Die" from their 1991 album Niggaz4Life. Rapper Foxy Brown also sampled "Real Niggaz Don't Die" in the song "BWA" from her 1999 album Chyna Doll. In late 2007, three separate hip hop albums sampled the hit 1970s single: a rendition entitled "We Celebrate" from Ghostface Killah's The Big Doe Rehab; the opening track "Sirens" from Little Brother's Getback; UGK's "Trill Niggas Don't Die" from Underground Kingz.

Rap rock band Hed PE took the chorus tune for the chorus of their song "Bartender".

Glenn Hughes covered the song in his 2001 studio album Building the machine.

In 2014, Austrian dance music duo Klangkarussell used lyrics from the song in their track "Celebrate" from their 2014 album Netzwerk. Later the same year, lyrics from "I Just Want to Celebrate" were also incorporated in American rapper Pitbull's song, which was also entitled "Celebrate". His track was featured in the original motion picture Penguins of Madagascar, and later his eighth studio album Globalization.

Marshall Crenshaw covered the song for "Even More Superhits of the Seventies," a 2015 CD premium compiled by WFMU DJ Michael Shelley.


  1. ^ a b Viglione, Joe (1971). "Rare Earth". I Just Want to Celebrate. AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 9 years later, the platinum selling "Celebration". RareEarth Records single #5031 went Top 10 in August of 1971, three minutes and thirty-five seconds closing out side one of the One World album. A riff that songwriter Buzzy Linhart says is a funk
  2. ^ Viglione, Joe. One World – Overview at AllMusic. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Old Christian Music".
  4. ^ Metallica Covers Nazareth, Garbage, Dire Straits at Bridge School Benefit

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