Party All the Time

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"Party All the Time"
Party All the Time.jpg
Single by Eddie Murphy
from the album How Could It Be
ReleasedMay 23, 1985
Length4:08 (Album version)
9:31 (Extended 12" version)
Producer(s)Rick James
Eddie Murphy singles chronology
"Boogie in Your Butt/No More Tears"
"Party All the Time"
"How Could It Be"
Music video
"Party All the Time" on YouTube

"Party All the Time" is a 1985 single by comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, written and produced by Rick James and Kevin Johnston. It was the lead single from Murphy's debut album How Could It Be. The single was recorded at James' home studio in Buffalo, New York. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, behind "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie.[1] Rick James also provided vocals for the song.

The song is a lament by the singer that despite the expensive things he gives her, his girlfriend prefers to spend her time out dancing and flirting with other men, rather than staying at home and showing affection for him.

Since 2014, the song has enjoyed a mini resurgence in Scotland thanks largely to the supporters of St Johnstone F.C., who now have adopted it as an unofficial club anthem.


The LA Times placed the song at #1 on "The Video Bottom 10" list.[2]


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 26
Canada (RPM)[4] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 16
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 9
New Zealand (RIANZ)[7] 3
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 87
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 8
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 7
U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 7

All-time charts[edit]

Chart (1958–2018) Rank
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 447

Appearances in popular culture[edit]

  • In the 1980s, the syndicated television show Pro Wrestling This Week used the song as its opening and closing theme.
  • In April 2007, the song was featured on the TV series Scrubs in Season 6, Episode 16 "My Words of Wisdom". The gospel at J.D.'s (fantasized) funeral sings it as one of his last requests.
  • In November 2012, the song was used in Season 4, Episode 7 of Regular Show, entitled "Guy's Night."
  • A fake VH1 documentary behind the song was the basis for a skit on Mad TV.


"Weird Al" Yankovic performed a polka version of the chorus in the 1986 track "Polka Party!" from the album of the same name.[11]

In July 2009, Aubrey O'Day covered the song along with ex-Danity Kane member D. Woods's sister Shanell Woodgette, in a version produced by Maestro.

In March 2011, the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom covered the song as a bonus track on their seventh album, Relentless Reckless Forever.

In February 2014, the song was performed in the 101st episode of Glee, "New Directions," by character Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow).[12]

Australian Pirate Metal band Lagerstein released a cover version in 2018.

Samples and remixes[edit]

In 2006, house DJ and producer Sharam Tayebi of Deep Dish released a remix of the song, known simply as "PATT" (an acronym for "Party All The Time"), which reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart.[13]

In April 2012, Asher Roth released "Party Girl", the lead single from his second studio album RetroHash, which samples "Party All the Time".[14]

In July 2, 2012, the Greek DJ duo Playmen, released the song "All the Time" with Riskykidd, Helena Paparizou and Courtney Parker. The song's chorus contains phrases from the song of Eddie Murphy.


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  2. ^ Bryson, Barbara (February 6, 1986). "The Video Bottom 10". The Los Angeles Times. 1-"Party All the Time," Eddie Murphy. "Ye Gods-Gumby goes disco"-Barbara Bryson, L.A.
  3. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Party All The Time".
  4. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 17, 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly".
  5. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  6. ^ "Germany peak".
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Eddie Murphy - Party All The Time".
  8. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1986". Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  9. ^ "Hot 100 turns 60". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  10. ^ Savage, Phil (November 18, 2014). "GTA 5 PC's expanded soundtrack revealed". PC Gamer. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  11. ^ Chadbourne, Eugene. "Weird Al Yankovic – Polka Party!". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  12. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 24, 2014). "Glee's 100th Episode Song List Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  13. ^ "Sharam - Party All The Time".
  14. ^ "Asher Roth's Party Girl sample of Eddie Murphy's Party All the Time". WhoSampled. Retrieved April 29, 2012.

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