Pony (Ginuwine song)

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"Pony"
Single by Ginuwine
from the album Ginuwine...the Bachelor
Released August 20, 1996
Format CD single
Recorded 1996[1]
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 5:25
Label 550 Music
Writer(s) Stephen "Static Major" Garrett, Elgin Lumpkin, Tim Mosley
Producer(s) Timbaland
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Ginuwine singles chronology
"Pony"
(1996)
"Tell Me Do U Wanna"
(1997)
Ginuwine...the Bachelor track listing
"Intro"
(1)
"Pony"
(2)
"Tell Me Do U Wanna"
(3)
Greatest Hits track listing
"Hell Yeah"
(2)
"Pony" (Extended Mix)
(3)
"In Those Jeans"
(4)
Playlist: The Very Best of Ginuwine track listing
"Oh Girl"
(1)
"Pony"
(2)
"So Anxious"
(3)

"Pony" is the debut single of American R&B singer Ginuwine, released as a single from his first LP Ginuwine...The Bachelor in 1996. The song was written by Ginuwine with Swing Mob associates Static Major and Timbaland, who produced the recording. The song's lyrics describe a blatant sexual come-on: "If you're horny, let's do it / Ride it; my pony."

Content[edit]

Timbaland's production was unique among R&B releases of the day: "Pony"'s instrumentation features a start-stop rhythm pattern similar to drum and bass music, a bassline and melody formed by vocoded vocal samples, and a cartoon slide whistle. Along with his concurrent work for Aaliyah's One in a Million LP, "Pony" and Ginuwine...the Bachelor marked the emergence of Timbaland as a successful R&B producer. The beat was also used for a remix of Jodeci's song "Freek'n You".

Commercial performance[edit]

The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks for two weeks from November 16, 1996 to November 30, 1996 and reached number six on Billboard's Hot 100 on November 23, 1996.

Reviews[edit]

The song received critical acclaim from most music critics.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the album version of the song was directed by Michael Lucero.[3] The music video for the remix version of the song was directed by Christopher Erskin. The video depicts Ginuwine and his crew entering a Western bar as strangers and gradually gaining the favor of the craggly cowboy-patrons.[4]

Appearances in other media[edit]

In 2008, the song was featured on Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional soul/R&B radio station The Vibe 98.8. The song was featured in the 2012 film Magic Mike which played when Channing Tatum's character performs a hip-hop theme striptease to the song and also appeared in its 2015 sequel Magic Mike XXL. Ginuwine plays a fictional version of himself on NBC's Parks and Recreation and performed the song in the season 6 finale in honor of Li'l Sebastian at the Pawnee-Eagleton Unity Concert. In 2015, Kevin McHale covered the song as Artie Abrams in the first part of the series finale of Fox television series Glee.

Single track listing[edit]

Europe Maxi-Single[5]

  1. "Pony" (Album Version) - (5:25)
  2. "Pony" (Extended Mix) - (5:20)
  3. "Pony" (Ride It Mix) - (5:05)
  4. "Pony" (Mad Love Club Mix) - (4:32)
  5. "Pony" (Mad Love Beat Mix) - (4:29)
  6. "Pony" (Black Market Slowride Mix) - (4:31)

US/Australian Single

  1. "Pony" (Album Version) - (5:25)
  2. "Pony" (Extended Mix) - (5:20)
  3. "Pony" (Instrumental) - (5:18)
  4. "Pony" (A Cappella) - (3:48)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Pony (Jump on It)[edit]

"Pony (Jump on It)"
Single by Tough Love featuring Ginuwine
Released 7 August 2015
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015
Genre House
Length 3:03
Label Island Records
Writer(s) Ginuwine
Tough Love singles chronology
"So Freakin' Tight"
(2015)
"Pony (Jump on It)"
(2015)
Ginuwine singles chronology
"I Need"
(2013)
"Pony (Jump on It)"
(2015)

British dance duo Tough Love remixed the song and it was released officially on 7 August 2015 as their second single.

Background[edit]

Music video[edit]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[23] 36
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 39
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[25] 12

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Ireland 7 August 2015 Digital download Island Records
United Kingdom[26]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.faqs.org/copyright/dark-days-bright-nights-by-warren-anderson-mathis-pka-bubba/
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly
  3. ^ "mvdbase.com - Ginuwine - "Pony [version 1]"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - Ginuwine - "Pony [version 2: remix]"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Discogs.com Retrieved October 16, 2008
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Ginuwine – Pony". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ginuwine – Pony" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ginuwine – Pony" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ Canadian Dance peak
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – Ginuwine Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ginuwine search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Ginuwine – Pony". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ginuwine – Pony". Singles Top 60.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ginuwine – Pony". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com Retrieved August 23, 2008
  16. ^ a b c Billboard Artist Chart History Retrieved 08/23/2008
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  20. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Ginuwine – Pony". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  21. ^ "American single certifications – Ginuwine – Pony". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  22. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1996". Billboard (BPI Communications Inc.) 109 (3): 61. January 18, 1997. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 7, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-08-20". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  24. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-08-20" UK Singles Chart.
  25. ^ "Archive Chart: 2015-08-20" UK Dance Chart.
  26. ^ Tough Love - Pony (Jump on It)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"No Diggity" by Blackstreet
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks number one single
November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)  – November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)
Succeeded by
"Nobody" by Keith Sweat