Saturday, August 10, 2002

Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” spends 7th week at #1

Hot in Herre


Writer(s): Cornell Haynes Jr., Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Charles L. Brown (see lyrics here)

Released: April 16, 2002

First Charted: April 26, 2002

Peak: 17 US, 12 RR, 16 RB, 4 UK, 13 CN, 3 AU, 9 DF (Click for codes to charts.)

Sales (in millions): 2.0 US, 0.6 UK, 2.93 world (includes US + UK)

Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.4 radio, 158.0 video, 401.49 streaming


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About the Song:

“Find…a summer song more apt to get any party started, no matter how resistant the crowd.” LR With its “ultra-catchy chorus” AB’00 “Hot in Herre” landed Nelly his first #1 pop song in the U.S. and became “one of the top party tracks of the decade.” AB’00 The song also hit #1 in Canada and was a top ten hit throughout the world. WK

The Neptunes, comprised of the team of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, produced the “catchy and flirty tune.” TB They also did songs for Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and others. SF The song incorporates the hook from the 1979 Chuck Brown single “Bustin’ Loose,” as well as samples from Neil Young’s “There’s a World” and Nancy Sinatra’s “As Tears Go By.” WK

Two videos were made for the song – one set in a dance club and another at the St. Louis Arch. The first video featured cameos by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, NBA player Carmelo Anthony, and NFL players T.J. Duckett and Julius Peppers. In one scene, club goers shout the chorus for the 1984 dance song “The Roof Is on Fire” by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three – while there was an actual fire burning in the club. WK

Weird Al Yankovic recorded a parody (“Trash Day”) about a man who refuses to empty the garbage. SF Instead of the “it’s getting hot in here” chorus, Weird Al sang “there’s somethin’ rotten here, you better hold your nose.” WK The song was also parodied in a Mad TV sketch and performed by other artists including Devo, Jill Sobule, Wang Chung, and Widespread Panic. Canadian electronic artist Tiga shot a video of the song with puppets depicting cliché scenes from hip-hop videos of the era. WK


Last updated 3/31/2023.

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