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"I Gotta Feeling" is a song by the group Black Eyed Peas and their second official single from their fifth studio album The E.N.D. The song was first debuted on May 21, 2009. The song was produced by acclaimed French house DJ David Guetta, who makes a cameo appearance in the music video (2:20) (next to Kid Cudi). "I Gotta Feeling" debuted at number two behind the group's own "Boom Boom Pow" on the week of June 27, 2009, on both the Canadian and Billboard Hot 100 charts, making the group one of only eleven artists who have occupied the top two positions at the same time on the Billboard Hot 100. The song went on to replace "Boom Boom Pow" at Number 1 on the US charts and eventually reach Number 1 on twenty charts worldwide. It is also the longest-running Number 1 single on the US Pop Charts, and the Canadian Hot 100.

The song has received mixed reviews, but enjoyed considerable success in terms of chart performance, and is the Black Eyed Peas' most successful single in that respect. Both the original and alternate versions of the song were performed in a variety of venues in 2009, including on an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, and at sporting events, and have been covered in albums by other groups.

The music video for the song also debuted in 2009, and features cameo appearances by other celebrities, including David Guetta, Kid Cudi, Katy Perry, Chantal Jones, and members of the band Gossip.

Writing and inspiration

On Dipdive, while premiering "I Gotta Feeling" and cover artwork, underneath both, posted of the topics related in the song:

this song is dedicated to everyone who is getting ready to go out...

its the song to listen to when you drive to the club or party...

its the song to listen to after a long day or week at work...

its the song to that makes me wanna throw my stress away...

Music structure

It is set in common time and is composed in the key of G major with a moderate tempo of 128 beats per minute. The group's vocal range spans from G3 to A5.

Critical reception

Billboard gave the song a positive review: "The Black Eyed Peas proved with their massive international chart-topper "Boom Boom Pow" that they're a group still to be reckoned with. The official follow-up single "I Gotta Feeling" may be their most mainstream release yet. Over a pop-throbbing beat, courtesy of the famed club hitmaker David Guetta, the Peas trade off on a simple, yet effective melody and message: "Tonight's gonna be a good night." Having already shown what they can do at the peak of a party, now they're out to prove they can get it started even earlier". Bill Lamb of gave the song 4 out of 5 stars commenting on the feel-good mood, distinct change of pace for them, and that it is a great choice for summer but disregards the lack of musical or lyrical depth and the tiring use of Auto-Tune. Overall, he thinks that "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" deliver contributions that make it obvious Black Eyed Peas are still a four-person group and that this is a hit.

David Balls of Digital Spy gave the song 4 out of 5 stars:
Now, hot on the heels of the heavy Auto-Tune and futuristic synths of 'Boom Boom Pow', they're back with a single that's already made number one in Oz and the US.

What's more, 'I Gotta Feeling' is every bit as quirky as its predecessor. Built around a sample from David Guetta's 'Love Is Gone', it begins in relatively restrained fashion before suddenly morphing into a throbbing rave-up... and proceeds to flit between tempos for the rest of its five-minute duration. A bit like Girls Aloud's 'Biology', it's a random, rather barmy mish-mash of musical ideas that only really makes sense after a few listens, but there's no doubt the Peas still know how to get us dancing.

Comedy website however, gave the song a rather scathing review, with By Numbers host Wayne Gladstone stating, "I don't care how many gangly superfluous band members you float in the air, at this point you need to start the song". This was in reference to the repetition of the chorus of 'tonight's gonna be a good night' for roughly a minute and a half. The review was scathing in its critique of auto-tune, lyrics, rhyming the same word with itself ("Up and "Up"), naming days of the week (which was seen as comparable to "Naming the Alphabet") and Jewish religious phrases being used out of context.

Performances and alternate versions

A remix edit by David Guetta appears on his latest album, One Love.

The song was performed on the first results show of The X Factor UK Series Six, by all the 12 Finalists, before the first act was eliminated.

On September 8, 2009, the song was performed by the Black Eyed Peas for the taping of the Kickoff Party for the 24th season of The Oprah Winfrey Show, with 21,000 fans performing a flash mob dance on the "Magnificent Mile" portion of Michigan Avenuemarker in Chicagomarker, Illinoismarker.

A version celebrating the Philadelphia Phillies National League victory is titled "Phillies Gotta Feeling."

Ultimate Fighting Championship Lightweight fighter Joe Stevenson & Lightweight fighter Ross Pearson used this song as their Entrance Music at UFC 104 & UFC 105.

Alvin and the Chipmunks & The Chipettes covered the song for the movie, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel and the movie's soundtrack.

A remix perfomed by reggaeton artist MJ was released on the Internet.

Music video

An unfinalized version of the music video was leaked on May 29, 2009. The official final version was released on June 2 on Dipdive and on June 16 on iTunes.

There is both a censored version and an explicit version of the music video. The video first starts out with some scenes in Hollywood Blvd.marker Then it shows combing his hair and Fergie putting on makeup wearing lingerie. It also shows Taboo checking his messages on Dipdive and checking his text messages. Then it cuts to the party as the first verse starts. In the uncensored version, two women are kissing at the two minute mark, at which point the lyrics "Let's take!" are heard, and a hand grabs the top of the dress of one of the women, and pulls it down, exposing her left breast. All members of the Black Eyed Peas are shown dancing. Later, they are dancing with their faces and hands painted with phosphorescent paint. The video ends with a large sign with human-sized letters that reads "The E.N.D." The censored version without the left breast is the only version available on iTunes.

The video is directed by Ben Mor of Little Minx and features guest appearances by David Guetta, Kid Cudi, Katy Perry, Chantal Jones, members of the indie rock band Gossip and a few well-known personalities of the LGBT community, including Ongina of RuPaul's Drag Race fame.

Lip dub version

On September 10, 2009, 172 communication students at the Université du Québec à Montréalmarker videotaped a lip dub video of the song, which was posted to YouTube the following day. Because of the video's elaborate choreography which allowed it to be filmed in a single take, it immediately went viral, and the original upload gained over 1,300,000 views within two weeks. The video was featured in a CNN news report on September 27, 2009.In October 2009, students in Nichigei Japan performed a video reply. Also in October 2009 Québec City radio station NRJ 98.9 made a french variant.

Track listing

Promo CD Single
  1. "I Gotta Feeling (Radio)" – 4:07
  2. "I Gotta Feeling (LP)" – 4:54
  3. "I Gotta Feeling (Instrumental)" – 4:52

Invasion of I Gotta Feeling - Megamix EP
Released: September 15, 2009
  1. "I Gotta Feeling (David Guetta's FMIF Remix)" – 6:12
  2. "I Gotta Feeling (Printz Board vs. Zuper Blahq Remix)" – 5:04
  3. "I Gotta Feeling (Laidback Luke Remix)" – 6:28
  4. "I Gotta Feeling (Zuper Blahq Remix)" – 5:48
  5. "I Gotta Feeling (Taboo's Broken Spanglish Remix)" – 4:51

Australian/UK CD Single
  1. "I Gotta Feeling"
  2. "Boom Boom Guetta (David Guetta's Electro Hop Remix)"

Chart performance

"I Gotta Feeling" was the group's highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100, debuting at number two. The song has so far sold 4,000,000+ digital downloads in the United States. "I Gotta Feeling" ended the 12 week number-one run of the band's previous single "Boom Boom Pow", when it reached number one on the Hot 100 the chart week of July 11, 2009, their second single to do so. It makes the band only the fourth group to replace themselves at number one in the chart's history, following The Beatles, Boyz II Men, and OutKast, and the first to do it in the digital download era. "I Gotta Feeling" had remained Number 1 on the Hot 100 for fourteen weeks, extending the band's run at number one on the Hot 100 to twenty-six consecutive weeks, or half a year straight. The song was knocked off the top of the chart to Number 5 on October 17 by "Down" by Jay Sean featuring Lil Wayne. The longest running #1 hit of 2009, the tune is tied with five other songs as the second longest running Hot 100 Number 1. It is also tied with Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" as the longest running Hot 100 Number 1 of the 2000s. Apart from that, the group holds the record for longest consecutive run at Billboard's Hot 100 number one. The Black Eyed Peas are also just the third artist to have multiple songs spend twelve weeks at Number 1 on the Hot 100. Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey are the only other artists to do this.

"I Gotta Feeling" has become the Black Eyed Peas' most successful single of their career, topping over twenty-five charts internationally. It replaced "Boom Boom Pow" at number one on the Canadian Hot 100 and Australian ARIA Chart. In New Zealand the song debuted at number seven on June 15, 2009, reaching number one two weeks later, making the song their fifth number-one single in New Zealand. The song has spent nine consecutive weeks and number one, becoming their longest-running number one single there. It was certified 2x Platinum after twenty-two weeks on the chart, selling over 30,000 copies.

In Ireland, on its third week on the chart "I Gotta Feeling" jumped from Number 18 to 2 with strong download sales, outpeaking their last single "Boom Boom Pow", which reached Number 3. The next week, it climbed to Number 1 giving them their fourth number-one single there. The song spent 12 non-consecutive weeks at Number 1 in Ireland.

In Spain, the single reached Number 2 in the official spanish singles chart by PROMUSICAE. The single has been certified 2x Platinum so far, with sales over 80,000 copies.

In the United Kingdom the song debuted at number seventy in June 2009 and entered the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart on the week ending July 11, 2009. It slowly worked its way up the chart and in its eighth week (August 2, 2009) it peaked at number one on downloads alone (with its physical release being August 10). Therefore giving the group their second consecutive number one hit from The E.N.D., their third number one overall and their ninth top ten hit in the country. On the same week it reached the summit of the UK singles chart, "I Gotta Feeling" became the new number one on the UK R&B Chart. Although it was knocked of the number one spot of the UK Singles Chart the following week, it regained its position at Number 1 on August 16 marking the Black Eyed Peas second (and consecutive) song to have had two separate runs at number one, and one of only six songs to have managed the feat in the 21st century (including "I Gotta Feeling" and "Boom Boom Pow"). The song appeared in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart for 17 weeks, which is longer than the time spent in the top 100 as a whole for several other Black Eyed Peas songs. In the UK, the single has now sold around 750,000 copies, currently sitting as the 2nd best selling single of 2009, behind Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". "Boom Boom Pow" is currently the 6th best selling single of the year with around 600,000 copies sold.


Chart (2009) Peak

Australian Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 1
Belgian Singles Chart (Walloniamarker) 1
Canadian Hot 100 1
Czech Airplay Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1
Finnish Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian Singles Chart 1
Japan Hot 100 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 1
Polish Singles Chart 1
Slovak Singles Chart 1
Spanish Singles Chart 2
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
UK R&B Chart 1
USA Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S.marker Billboard Hot Latin Songs 12

Chart procession and succession

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  1. -'s official blog
  2. Singles review
  3. Bill Lamb. Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling", Accessed June 13, 2009
  4. David Balls. Black Eyed Peas - "I Gotta Feeling" Digital Spy, Accessed July 29, 2009
  5. Gladstone. Black Eyed Peas Have Officially Written The Worst Song Ever, Accessed August 3, 2009
  6. Oprah's Kickoff Party Dance
  7. - Video: Black Eyed Peas - ‘I Gotta Feeling’
  8. LIPDUB - I Gotta Feeling (Comm-UQAM 2009), Accessed September 29, 2009
  9. Amazing one-take music video, Accessed September 29, 2009
  10. Japanese lipdub
  11. Quebec City lipdub
  12. The Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling Promo CDS
  13. Dipdive, Retrieved September 15, 2009
  14. August 9, 2009: Better Than A Crystal Ball Yahoo Music Blog (written by Paul Grein): Retrieved August 12, 2009
  20. RADIO TOP 100 Oficiální
  23. Music Charts
  24. Suomen virallinen lista
  28. Japan Hot 100 Singles(in Japanese) ANAP. Hanshin Contents Link Retrieved on 10 June 2009
  29. New Zealand Singles Chart RIANZ Retrieved on 16 June 2009
  30. Topp 20 Single uke 46, 2009
  31. Nielsen Music Control
  32. RADIO TOP 100 Oficiálna Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
  33. Spanish Charts

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