“We Like to Party!” is a Eurodance song that guarantees to keep you dancing for at least 3 minutes and 41 seconds. It was composed by Vengaboys’ producers Danski and Delmundo.
The song was released in the Netherlands in May 1998 as the fourth single from the debut album “Up & Down-The Party Album.” Following its success in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany, it got a worldwide release on November 9th 1998.
The music video for “We Like to Party” was produced by Zapruder Films. It first aired in March 1999.
The video features all four Vengaboys members traveling to various destinations in the Spanish provinces of Barcelona, Piera, and Gavà, in a 1930s style mini-bus, the “Vengabus” (a 1933 Chevrolet Bus). The Vengaboys end up in a nightclub in La Barceloneta, Barcelona.
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In Belgium, reaching number 2 in Australia and the Netherlands and becoming a top-five hit in Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. In Canada, it peaked at number 10.
“We Like to Party!” soon became one of Vengaboys’ most successful hits, topping music charts worldwide.
The record proved to be an even better seller than “Up and Down.” In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number 3 in March 1999.
With 474,000 copies sold, it became the 29th biggest hit of the year.
The song additionally reached number 1 in Flemish Belgium, number 2 in Australia and the Netherlands, number 3 in Ireland, number 4 in Germany and Switzerland, number 6 in Austria and Italy, number 9 in New Zealand, and number 10 in Canada and Walloon (Belgium). It reached the top 20 in France.
It is also the band’s highest-charting song in the United States, where it sold 450.000 copies and climbed to a number 26 position on the Billboard Hot 100.
As a pre-show routine, Charlie X.C.X. still plays ‘We Like to Party’ before she goes on stage. “It’s one of my favorite songs. It’s so hard!” (source: RollingStone.com)
On March 4th, 1999, Vengaboys performed “We Like to Party!” on The Ricki Lake Show. The entire audience got a copy of The Party Album.
In 2004, the instrumental version of “We Like to Party!” was chosen as the Six Flags song for Six Flags theme parks across the USA and Canada. A total of three Six Flags ads with the old dancing man were produced. The ad campaign ran from 2004 to 2005 and sparked a nationwide controversy about the true identity of the advertisements’ protagonist, Mr. Six.
The song appeared in All-Star Baseball 2005.
Until the end of the 2014 baseball season, every time a Colorado Rockies player hit a home run at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, “We Like to Party!” was played.
The song was used as a ring entrance anthem for British professional wrestler Liam Slater.
After their School’s Cup Rugby matches, supporters of the Northern Irish grammar school Royal Belfast Academical Institution always sang “We Like to Party!”
This song is played each time the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team scores a homerun at Baum Stadium.
The song is used when an orangutan hula hoops and rides a tricycle at Phnom Penh Safari Zoo’s Orangutan show.
RIO and Nicco’s single “Party Shaker” (2012) contains a sample of “We Like To Party.”
This song is used after the Spokane Indians score a run homerun.
Mentioned in XKCD in October 2020 (during the COVID-19 pandemic) as a mock new smartphone feature: In partnership with the CDC, when in a crowded indoor space, this song plays “at slowly increasing volume until everyone leaves.”
“We Like To Party” was remixed by Jason Nevins and Tin Tin Out. Their mixes were included on the CD single for “We’re Going to Ibiza.”
The school bus horn you hear in the song is also used in at least 300 Hollywood movies.
The song is literally an underground track: the vocals were recorded in an actual basement. The music production was finalized in a former World War II bunker, currently used by Spinning Records.