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)
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 1985 single by comedian and actor Eddie Murphy, written and produced by Rick James. 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 lyrics are a lament by the singer that despite the expensive, extravagant things he lavishes on his girlfriend, she much prefers spending time going out clubbing, dancing, partying, as well as flirting and cheating with other men, rather than being with her boyfriend and remaining faithful to him.


Barbara Bryson of Los Angeles Times 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 #1 on "The Video Bottom 10" list.[2]


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1985–86) 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[8] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles[9] 8
U.S. Billboard Dance/Electronic Singles Sales[10] 7
U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 19

Year-end charts[edit]

Year-end chart (1986) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[11] 7

All-time charts[edit]

Chart (1958–2018) Rank
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 447


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[13] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Sharam Tayebi remix[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.[14]


  1. ^ "Party All the Time".
  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 Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Hot Black Singles". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Dance Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 27, 1986). "1986 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 98 (52): Y-21.
  12. ^ "Hot 100 turns 60". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Eddie Murphy – Party All the Time". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  14. ^ "Sharam - Party All The Time".

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