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"Party All the Time"
Party All the Time.jpg
Single by Eddie Murphy
from the album How Could It Be
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1985
StudioThe Joint Recording Studio (Buffalo, New York)
  • 4:08 (album version)
  • 9:31 (extended 12" version)
Songwriter(s)Rick James
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 song by comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, written and produced by Rick James. It was the lead single from Murphy's 1985 debut album How Could It Be.[1] The single was recorded at James's home studio in Buffalo, New York. It reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, behind "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie.[2] Rick James also provided vocals for the song.[1] Murphy stated that the song was made as a $100,000 bet between himself and Richard Pryor wagering on whether Murphy had singing talent or not.


A reader in the Los Angeles Times, Barbara Bryson, criticized the song, characterizing it as "Gumby goes disco" (referring to the character parodied by Murphy on Saturday Night Live). The publication also placed the song at number one on "The Video Bottom 10" list.[3] Meanwhile, critic Scott Benarde in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel awarded the song his worst single for 1985, calling it a "catchy uptempo dance number" but asserting that "Murphy adds nothing but his ego to it. His voice is paper thin and buried in the mix. Anyone could have sung that tune the way it was produced. Murphy should stick to imitating Gumby."[4]

The song's music video won best urban contemporary video award at the American Video Awards in November 1985.[5]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985–1986) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 26
Canada (RPM)[8] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[9] 16
Germany (Media Control Charts)[10] 9
New Zealand (RIANZ)[11] 3
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 87
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 2
US Billboard Hot Black Singles[13] 8
US Billboard Dance/Electronic Singles Sales[14] 7
US Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 19


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Remixes and covers[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"),[18] which peaked at No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart on December 30, 2006.[19]

Finnish band Children of Bodom covered the song in 2011, as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their album Relentless Reckless Forever.[citation needed]

In 2014, Gwyneth Paltrow covered the song in the Glee season 5 episode "New Directions".

Finnish stoner rock band Mangoo also covered the song on their 2017 album The Heat.[20]

Guitarist Eric Calderone covered the song in 2022 on his YouTube channel.[21]


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  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Benarde, Scott (December 29, 1985). "WRITER MAKES PICKS OF TERRIFIC, TERRIBLE IN POP/ROCK MUSIC". Sun-Sentinel. p. 3.D.
  5. ^ "The Boss takes two to top video awards". Montreal Gazette. November 22, 1985. p. D4.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 212. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Eddie Murphy - Party All The Time".
  8. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (July 17, 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". Library and Archives Canada.
  9. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  10. ^ "Germany peak".
  11. ^ Hung, Steffen. " - Eddie Murphy - Party All The Time".
  12. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "Hot Black Singles". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  14. ^ "Dance Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  15. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 27, 1986). "1986 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 98, no. 52. p. Y-21.
  16. ^ "Hot 100 turns 60". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – Eddie Murphy – Party All the Time". Recording Industry Association of America.
  18. ^ "Sharam - PATT". TMRW Music. November 29, 2006. Archived from the original on December 22, 2021. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  19. ^ "Sharam - PATT (Party All the Time)". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  20. ^ "The Heat, by Mangoo".
  21. ^ Eddie Murphy Meets Metal - Party All The Time, retrieved September 10, 2022