Take Me on the Floor

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"Take Me on the Floor"
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Single by The Veronicas
from the album Hook Me Up
Released 26 July 2008 (2008-07-26)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Electropop, dance, electronic rock
Length 3:30 (album version)
2:48 (Australian video)
Label Sire
Songwriter(s) Toby Gad, The Veronicas
Producer(s) Toby Gad
The Veronicas singles chronology
"This Love"
(2008)
"Take Me on the Floor"
(2008)
"Popular"
(2008)
"This Love"
(2008)
"Take Me on the Floor"
(2008)
"Popular"
(2008)
The Veronicas U.S. singles chronology
"Untouched"
(2008) Untouched2008
"Take Me on the Floor"
(2009) Take Me on the Floor2009
"4ever"
(2009) 4ever2009

"Take Me on the Floor" is a song by The Veronicas from their second album Hook Me Up. It was released to radio stations as their second single in the United States on 24 March 2009.[1] The song was used in promotional ads for the 2008 season of Australia's Dancing with the Stars.[2] A remix of Take Me on the Floor has been made by Pitbull.

Writing and inspiration[edit]

The song was written by Toby Gad, Jessica Origliasso and Lisa Origliasso. Several lines of "Take Me on the Floor", specifically "I wanna kiss a girl, I wanna kiss a girl, I wanna kiss a boy", caused some controversy for its portrayal of sexuality. The video also stirred up controversy, as it depicts kissing scenes between girls.[3] Lisa states "Yeah, I reckon there's a sexual undertone to that song, but when we were writing it we were thinking about having fun, going to a club, being on the dancefloor. You can interpret it how you like."[4]

Music and Structure[edit]

"Take Me on the Floor" is an uptempo electropop-dance song. The song is set in Common time with an energy filled fast tempo of 138 beats per minute. The song is written in the key of E minor. The song begins with techno synths playing followed by breathy vocal, then progresses into fast tempo techno-dance beat played by guitars, synthesizer keyboards, and synthesized Tr-808 drums. Lisa and Jess's vocal range spans from A3-E5.

Lyrically, the song is about having fun on the dancefloor. The song is also the first song to feature screams, which are performed by Jessica.

Critical reception[edit]

Chris Williams of Billboard gave the song a positive review, stating "Their second single "Take Me on the Floor" finds the girls collaborating with writer/producer Toby Gad ("Big Girls Don't Cry") for an arresting, festive slice of dance/pop. A subdued vocal and synth intro bursts into the kind of electronica groove currently in favor thanks to Lady GaGa. The Veronicas concoct a club anthem whose lyrics and video may raise an eyebrow, surely with the hope of continued teen pop momentum for their second album, "Hook Me Up"."[5] Epinions call the song a delivery of the most radio friendly disco, new wave and rock saying it would be a great song to just let go to in the dance clubs.[6] Sheena Lyonais of CHARTAttack calls Take Me on the Floor "admittedly pure teenage party tracks, but impossible to respect"[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Take Me on the Floor" peaked at number seven in its second week of release on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart.[8] In its ninth week, it was certified Gold (35,000+ sales) on digital downloads alone.[9] It is their fourth consecutive single from Hook Me Up to reach top 10 in Australia. In the U.S., the single made its debut on the Billboard Pop 100 chart at number ninety-seven[10] and has also so far peaked at 22 on the iTunes Top pop 100 chart and 62 on the iTunes top 100. As of 11 July 2009, it has peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #81.[11]

Music video[edit]

Australian Version

The official music video for "Take Me on the Floor" premiered on 13 August 2008 on the Hot 30 Countdown website. The video begins with Lisa surrounded by lights singing in a club while everyone is dancing. Then both girls start singing the chorus of the song while in front of a blue background. It then shows a man walking into the club. After the chorus, Jess starts singing in front of a red window with Mandarin Chinese writing on it. It occasionally shows scenes with Lisa singing in front of the same backdrop throughout the verse. In the third verse, Jess finds a woman to dance with, and Lisa finds a man. Throughout the last chorus, it shows them with the men and woman dancing in the same club shown at the start. The song ends with both girls standing in front of the blue background again.

Throughout the video it cuts to scenes where everyone is dancing as well as them singing in front of the lights and a red Mandarin Chinese backdrop, as well as several people kissing. Controversy arose when sections in the music video depicted 2 women making out in a mock doggy style position.

International version

The international version of the music video was a live version shot on 24 February 2009 at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on the Australian leg of the Revenge Is Sweeter tour.[12] The video was released on their website on 1 May 2009.

Track listing[edit]

iTunes single
  1. "Take Me on the Floor" (Toby Gad, Jessica Origliasso, Lisa Origliasso) — 3:30

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

It was released as the fourth single from the album in Australia as a digital download on 27 July 2008. In the U.S. Warner Bros. hosted a poll for fans to vote through texting to decide which should be the second single in the U.S. "Take Me on the Floor" was then announced as the next single on their YouTube page[20] and was released on 24 March 2009 to radio.[21]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Australia 26 July 2008 Sire Records Digital download
United States 24 March 2009[1] Warner Bros. Records Airplay

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Top 40/M, Future Releases, 24 March
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Veronicas "Take Me on the Floor" Video Controversy
  4. ^ Adams, Cameron (8 November 2007). "The Veronicas dish the dirt". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times (News Corporation). Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/reviews-singles/take-me-on-the-floor-1003963446.story
  6. ^ http://www.epinions.com/review/Hook_Me_Up_PA_9_16_by_The_Veronicas_093624989233/content_464119107204
  7. ^ http://www.chartattack.com/reviews/65473/the-veronicas-%E2%80%94-hook-me-up
  8. ^ Australian Singles Charts. The Veronicas Australian singles chart peaks australian-charts.com. Accessed 16 April 2009.
  9. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2008 Singles
  10. ^ Billboard Pop 100 Chart. Take Me on the Floor Pop 100 chart peaks Billboard.com. Accessed 19 April 2009.
  11. ^ Live Performance: The Veronicas - "Take Me On The Floor" acoustic (MTV Push)
  12. ^ NEW "TAKE ME ON THE FLOOR" VIDEO
  13. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Veronicas – Take Me on the Floor". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  14. ^ "The Veronicas – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for The Veronicas. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Veronicas – Take Me on the Floor". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  16. ^ "The Veronicas – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for The Veronicas. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  17. ^ Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 9 June 2009. p. 64. Retrieved 26 October 2016. 
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2008". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  20. ^ Fans Vote ‘Take Me On The Floor’ As The Veronicas Next Single
  21. ^ On the verge: Pageant, prom and tour for the twin Veronicas