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Get Me Bodied

"Get Me Bodied"
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Single by Beyoncé
from the album B'Day
Released July 10, 2007
Format CD single
Recorded 2006; Sony Music Studios (New York City, New York)
Genre R&B, bounce, dancehall
Length 3:25 (album version)
4:00 (radio edit)
6:18 (extended mix)
Label Columbia
  • Dean
  • B. Knowles
  • Garrett
Beyoncé singles chronology

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"Get Me Bodied" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, B'Day (2006). It was written by Beyoncé, Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, Sean Garrett, Makeba Riddick, Angela Beyincé, and Solange Knowles, while the production was handled by Dean, Beyoncé Knowles and Sean Garrett. Beyoncé was inspired by her sister, Solange, and former Destiny's Child band-mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for the writing process. Columbia Records released "Get Me Bodied" as the album's seventh and final single in the US on July 10, 2007.

"Get Me Bodied" is an R&B and bounce song with dancehall and reggae influences. It features Beyoncé as the female protagonist going out an evening in the right dress and the right hair, to steam up any dance floor and make sure her call to "get her bodied" is irresistible. The song was generally well received by contemporary music critics, who complimented its party sound and Beyoncé's vocals. The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) recognized it as the best R&B and Hip-Hop song of 2007. "Get Me Bodied" initially reached number 68 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2007, but due to a viral video reached a new peak of 46 in 2013.

Its accompanying music video was co-directed by Beyoncé and Anthony Mandler, and inspired by The Frug from Bob Fosse's film adaptation of the Broadway musical Sweet Charity. Solange, Rowland, and Williams make cameo appearances. The clip was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2007 VH1 Soul Vibe Awards. "Get Me Bodied" was promoted by Beyoncé with live performances on her world tours and at the 2007 BET Awards. In April 2011, Beyoncé re-recorded the song and re-titled it as "Move Your Body" for the Let's Move! Flash Workout campaign. An instructional video of the exercise routine was filmed for distribution to participating schools.

Background and release

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Beyoncé Knowles began working on her second solo album B'Day following the conclusion of filming for Dreamgirls.[2] She revealed: "[When filming ended,] I had so many things bottled up, so many emotions, so many ideas".[2] Knowles contacted American songwriter-producer Sean Garrett, and booked him at the Sony Music Studios in New York City, where "Get Me Bodies" was recorded.[3][4] She also called American hip hop producer-rapper Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean, her sister and singer, Solange, her cousin Angela Beyincé, and songwriter Makeba Riddick.[2] Knowles took inspiration from Solange, who helped in the writing process of the song, and former Destiny's Child band-mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. In "Get Me Bodied", she mentioned "three best friends" because she was thinking of them while writing.[1] While working on the lyrics, Swizz Beatz and the other producers in the team handled its production.[2]

"Get Me Bodied" and "Green Light" were planned to be released as the next two singles from B'Day, following the lead single "Déjà Vu".[5] Knowles aimed the tracks at the international markets and opted for "Ring the Alarm" as the second US-only single,[5] which peaked at number eleven on the US Billboard Hot 100.[6] However, Irreplaceable" (2006) was officially serviced as the album's second international and third US single.[5] Instead, "Get Me Bodied" was released as the seventh overall and final US single after the release of the album's deluxe edition's lead single, "Beautiful Liar" (2007). A two-track CD single was released on July 10, 2007 in the United States containing the radio edit and the extended mix of the song.[7] A "Get Me Bodied" ringle was released on October 23, 2007.[8]

Composition and lyrical interpretation

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"Get Me Bodied" is a moderate R&B,[9] and bounce song,[10] which displays influences of dance-pop,[11] dancehall,[12] and funk music.[13] Jim DeRogatis of Chicago Sun-Times wrote that it is a musical mixture of double Dutch rhyming and reggae-rap.[14] According to the sheet music published at by EMI Music Publishing, the song is written in the key of G minor, and is set in common time at a moderate groove of 100 beats per minute.[9] Knowles' vocals range from the note of Bb3 to F5.[9] "Get Me Bodied" progresses on a lurching and turgid beat.[15] Its instrumentation includes drum patterns, surging horns, and synthesizers.[13][16] The song also utilizes handclaps[16] and syncopated interlocked clicks,[15][17] which are interspersed with background chants, vocal exclamations,[15][18] vocal gymnastics, and Texas twang.[17] Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker commented that some notes which begin as "legato exhalations" constrict into shouts.[12] Mike Joseph of PopMatters noted that "Get Me Bodied" is "the glorified version" of Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" (2005).[17]

According to Bill Lamb of, the song "crackle[s] with the spirit and power of a woman who carries her sexuality and spirit with authority."[19] "Get Me Bodied" features Knowles as the female protagonist going out an evening; she is suitably dressed to make a lasting impression and get what she is looking for.[19] She is determined to steam up any dance floor she steps onto and make sure that no one resists her call to "get [her] bodied".[20] The lyrics are constructed in the traditional verse-chorus form.[9] "Get Me Bodied" begins with Knowles telling her birthdate "9-4-8-1",[9] followed by a group of male voices singing "hey's" and "jump's" for four bars; the first verse then begins.[15] The verses are written like a list where she sings her missions before going to party.[21] It is followed with the chorus and the hook, where Knowles sings: "Can you get me bodied? I want to be myself tonight."[12] The second verse follows,[9] the chorus repeats giving way to the bridge,[9] and Knowles sings the chorus again, ending the song with "hey!".[9]

Critical reception

"Get Me Bodied" received plaudits from music critics who generally praised its party sound and Knowles' vocals. Chris Richards of The Washington Post referred to the track a "club-hungry come-ons" with a "dexterous melody". He further stated that the "skeletal" track "keeps Beyoncé tethered to the ground".[22] Jody Rosen of Entertainment Weekly commented that "a piddly home hi-fi can hardly capture the thunderous grandeur of 'Get Me Bodied,' which sets Beyoncé's harmonies above a pummeling track overseen by rap producer Swiss Beatz".[23] Tim Finney of Pitchfork Media called the track a "percussive, Diwali-esque jam".[13] Us Weekly described "Get Me Bodied" a "snappy dance number."[24] Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker noted that the song sounds "anxious."[12] Mike Joseph of PopMatters noted that the song is very similar to Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" (2005) and expressed further praise about "Get Me Bodied", writing: "['Get Me Bodied' is] Beyonce’s glorified version of a 'Hollaback Girl'-type song. [...] But listen to way she wails and shouts throughout the song! Gwen Stefani certainly isn’t capable of vocal gymnastics like this. When she sings [...] you can visualize beads of perspiration coming off of her as she shakes to this song."[17]

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Knowles performing "Get Me Bodied" in Montreal during The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, 2013

Spence D. of IGN Music added that Knowles' "crisp voice" seems at odds with the beats featured in the song. However, he continued saying that it "when it gets muted and overlapped on the chorus, it sounds purely hypnotical."[15] Jaime Gill of Yahoo! Music described the track as a "driving" and "strutting" one.[25] Jon Pareles of The New York Times stated: " [...] rhythm-driven songs, especially 'Get Me Bodied', could be high-tech upgrades of an old African-American form, the ring shout [...]".[26] Darryl Sterdan, writing for the Canadian website Jam!, said that the song manages dancing into a contact sport with the help of cheerleader hand-claps.[27] Dave de Sylvia of Sputnikmusic considered "Get Me Bodied" as one of the three production triumphs on B'Day.[28] Richard Cromelin of Los Angeles Times wrote that "Get Me Bodied" sounds "like fun" for Knowles, connecting her with deep, vital cultural roots. He also went on saying that "the playful chant" suggests both children's street game and traditional work song, and the whiff of Louisiana in the beat taps her own Creole heritage.[18]

In 2007, Shaheem Reid, Jayson Rodriguez and Rahman Dukes of MTV News placed the song at number five on his year-end list of 27 Essential R&B Songs of 2007.[29] Knowles earned the R&B and Hip-Hop Song accolade for "Get Me Bodied" at the 2008 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards.[30] In 2013, John Boone and Jennifer Cady of E! Online placed the extended remix of the song at number four on their list of ten best Knowles' songs.[31] The same year, the writers of Complex magazine put "Get Me Bodied" at number 9 on their list of 25 vest Knowles' songs. Heather Haynes writing for the magazine, concluded that the song was a proof that Knowles could "kill any and every dance song" further adding, "There's no way you don't start dancing or slow-winding when 'Get Me Bodied' comes on".[32]

Chart performance

Prior to the release of the single, it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 26, 2007 at number ninety-eight while "Beautiful Liar" and "Irreplaceable" were still charting.[33] It was lurking below top fifty approaching its physical release. On August 4, 2007, "Get Me Bodied" peaked at number sixty-eight,[34] and spent a total of eighteen weeks on Hot 100.[35] "Get Me Bodied" fared better on one of Billboard's component charts; peaking at number ten on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It reached number eighty-eight on the US Pop 100 chart.[6] The song also received heavy rotation from the urban radio stations in the United States.[36] "Get Me Bodied" was ranked at number 26 on the US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs year-end chart.[37] In 2013, a video of a woman named Deborah Cohan and her doctors breaking out dancing to the song before she underwent a double mastectomy was posted on YouTube and went viral. Due to Billboard‍ '​s new 2013 streaming rules, the song became eligible to chart on the Hot 100, giving it a new peak of number 46 for the week of November 23, 2013.[38][39]

Music video

Background and release

"Get Me Bodied" was one of the music videos shot during the two-week filming for B'Day Anthology Video Album.[40] It was conceptualized by Knowles and co-directed by Anthony Mandler.[41] The version of the song used in the clip is the extended mix, which is featured on the deluxe edition of B'Day. The video was shot over two days and choreographed by Rhapsody, Todd Sams, Clifford McGhee and Bethany Strong.[40][41] For the shoot, Knowles asked former Destiny's Child band-mates Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, and sister Solange to appear with her in the video. She said that it "sets the tone of the video".[1] Knowles' mother and stylist, Tina created over 60 outfits for Beyoncé and the 50 extras featured in the video.[40] The instructional dance-oriented video was inspired by the 1960s choreographies. Knowles cited influences from the Broadway director-choreographer Bob Fosse, Southern and Jamaican movement and the Frug from the musical Sweet Charity;[42] Erika Ramirez of Billboard magazine further noted that the video was inspired by the scene "Rich Man's Frug" from the movie.[43] She said: "It tells you how to do all the dances — it's modern, it's retro, it's vintage, it's stylized, it's all of those things put together."[1] The story moves from a tony party reminiscent of the jet set style of the sixties, followed with dance sequences.[1] The video was released to US iTunes Store as a Video Triple on September 4, 2007.[44] A re-edit of the video was produced for the Timbaland remix featuring Voltio. Although Voltio does not actually appear in the video, unused footages of the original video were replaced during the parts he sings. The re-edited video was posted on the MTV Overdrive on July 26, 2007.[45] It was included on the DVD for Irreemplazable (2007).[46]


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Solange Knowles, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams in the music video of "Get Me Bodied".

The video begins with Knowles writing the sequence 9-4-8-1 and B'Day on the mirror with her lipstick. As the song begins, she briefly dances in a silver dress around a red room and later answers a telephone on a black couch. She, Solange, Rowland and Williams then walk across a multi-colored room to a black door where they all pose for the camera. As the chorus begins, Knowles, Solange, Rowland and Williams step out of a black limousine; they are all sporting matching silver dresses. They execute some dance steps as they walk inside, where people are partying. As the chorus ends, the song is paused while Knowles enters a room, where everyone begin to ask who she is, before she answers, "It's B!" and snaps her fingers to start back the music.

She then walks past several people, dances with several men and women in white and black suits and dresses, as the second chorus begins. Knowles and the dancers perform a dance routine together, and soon she meets a man, who dances with her. A particular scene shows all the dancers crouch down to the floor, and follow Knowles as she walks, before she blows them back. The bridge starts, and the video moves to Knowles in a red room, where she and her dancers dance in short skirts, fishnets and black sparkling dresses. The group is later dance in the red and white rooms together. Leading into the final chorus, Knowles dances back in the room with the dancers, while Rowland, Williams and her sister sit on a black couch. As the video ends, Knowles stands in front of the mirror she was at the start and fades to black as she stares at the viewer through it.

Direct references to the "Rich Man's Frug" include a nearly shot-for-shot recreation of the "who is it?" introduction, the cage and Greek sculptures surrounding a large stage, the two ladies back-to-back parting to reveal Beyonce with two male dancers, and many dance steps from "The Heavyweight" portion of Fosse's choreography.


MTV's Tamar Anitai reviewed the video positively, describing it as a "swashbuckling showstopper" and adding, "But, sorry ladies, B shines brightest front and center, looking glittery, glorious and, of course, gorgeous, and more glam than ever before."[41] Anitai further wrote that the "seriously sick" dance sequence in the video spans the history of late 20th-century modern dance, from Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Janet Jackson and Fatima Robinson. He added that the video showcases Knowles' metamorphosis into a "highly sophisticated" dancer, and one who can seriously shake it in sky-high stilettos to boot.[41] Anitai concluded his review by writing that Knowles unveiled her onstage alter ego Sasha Fierce for the mini movie with "epic" dance scenes while channeling her inner Lena Horne, Chita Rivera and Tina Turner.[41] The music video for "Get Me Bodied" was nominated in the category for Video of the Year at the 2007 VH1 Soul Vibe Awards.[47] In 2013, John Boone and Jennifer Cady of E! Online placed the video at number two on their list of Knowles' ten best music videos writing that "She wears a slinky silver dress and has a ponytail ready for whipping, so yeah, she's hot."[48]

Live performances

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Knowles performing "Get Me Bodied" on her I Am... World Tour, 2009

Knowles first performed "Get Me Bodied" at the 2007 BET Awards on June 27.[49] She was wearing a gold robot gear, which she whittled down to sleek gold lame pants and a matching bra top.[50] As she continued singing, her sister-singer Solange Knowles and fellow Destiny Child member Michelle Williams appeared onstage as her back-up dancers. A few moments later, Knowles introduced Kelly Rowland to the stage to perform her solo hit "Like This" (2007) with American rapper Eve.[51] After her performance, Knowles and Williams appeared onstage with Rowland to complete the Destiny's Child reunion.[50] Sandy Cohen of the Associated Press described Knowles' performance as "show-stopping".[50] A writer of Rap-Up wrote that Knowles "killed it" with the "best performance of the night".[52] Despite the televised live performance, "Get Me Bodied" was a part of the set list on three of Knowles' world tours.

For the performance of the song during The Beyoncé Experience (2007), Knowles sported a robot outfit similar to the one she wore at the BET Awards; however, this time she was dressed in yellow and black like a bumblebee. As she started, she declared that she was the "queen bee — or Queen B".[53] During the end of the performance, Knowles led the crowd in a dance routine calling out a series of movements and then executing them.[54][55] While reviewing the performance of the song on August 5, 2007, at the Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, Shaheem Reid of MTV News called it "another roof-burner".[53] Jon Pareles of The New York Times also complimented the performance, writing that the concert was a showcase for Knowles' consistently expanding music like the kinetic dance beats of "Get Me Bodied".[56] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter included the "raising version" of "Get Me Bodied" as a highlight of the evening.[57] While reviewing the concert in Anaheim in September, Lee Hildebrand from the San Francisco Chronicle felt that none of the supporting dancers could upstage Knowles during the performance of the "infectiously syncopated" song.[58] Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times described the performance of the song during the tour as "rowdy" noting that it "foregrounded the connection between Beyoncé's percussive vocal style and her love of street dance".[59] "Get Me Bodied" was included on Knowles' live album The Beyoncé Experience Live (2007) which was filmed during her concert in Los Angeles during the tour.[60][61]

"Get Me Bodied" was also included in the set list of the I Am... World Tour (2009–10) and the revue I Am... Yours which was also part of the tour.[62] Prior to the performance of the song, Knowles asked the crowd "Are ya'll ready to dance?" and went on singing it wearing a sequin dress with a big bow on the back while performing dance routines with her background dancers.[63][64] While reviewing Knowles' performance at the O2 Arena in London, Michael Cragg of the website musicOMH noted that the song was executed with "in double-quick time".[65] A writer of Billboard magazine noted that the song was performed with high energy during Knowles' concert at the Madison Square Garden.[64] However, while reviewing Knowles' concert in Perth in September, 2009, Jay Hana from The Sunday Times felt that the show was "only let down by weaker, less melodic songs such as Get Me Bodied".[66] The song was included on the live albums I Am... World Tour (2010) which contained performances filmed during the tour[67] and I Am... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas filmed during the eponymous revue.[68] In late May, 2012, Knowles performed "Get Me Bodied" during her Revel Presents: Beyoncé Live revue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States' entertainment resort, hotel, casino and spa, Revel.[69][70] During the performance Knowles and her back-up dancers performed a swing dance and formations inspired by Bob Fosse.[71] Chuck Darrow of The Philadelphia Inquirer was positive about the performance of the song during the revue, saying, "As for the music, Beyonce kept the needle in the red zone for much of the show, dealing primarily in such full-throttle, groove-intensive signature tracks as... 'Get Me Bodied'".[72] Brad Wete of Complex magazine wrote that Knowles was "shimmying" while performing "Get Me Bodied".[73] In 2013, "Get Me Bodied" was added to the set list of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.[74]

Cover versions

Girl Talk included a sample of "Get Me Bodied" in the song "No Pause" from his album Feed the Animals (2008).[75] During the finale of the tenth season of American Idol on May 25, 2011, the lady contestants joined together onstage to perform "Get Me Bodied" along with a medley of Knowles' other hit singles.[76] Adam Graham from MTV News noted that "each singer [was] working the stage with maximum 'tude."[76]

"Move Your Body"

Let's Move! Flash Workout

Knowles reworked her original "Get Me Bodied" into a new song titled "Move Your Body" (2011).[77] She joined forces with US First Lady Michelle Obama and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation to promote the national Let's Move! campaign, which aims to combat child obesity by prompting youngsters to become more active. Knowles actually reworked "Get Me Bodied" and renamed it "Move Your Body" for the Let's Move! Flash Workout initiative itself. A Spanish version was also created entitled "Mueve el Cuerpo".[78] Concerning the campaign, Knowles expressed herself:

"It's all about promoting the benefits of healthy eating and exercise... But what we want to do is make it fun by doing something that we all love to do, and that's dance. I am excited to be part of this effort that addresses a public health crisis. First Lady Michelle Obama deserves credit for tackling this issue directly, and I applaud the NAB Education Foundation for trying to make a positive difference in the lives of our schoolchildren."[79][80]

The lyrics of the original song were switched to fit the cause.[81] The new lyrics include the line: "A little sweat ain’t hurt nobody [...] Don't just stand there on the wall, everybody just move your body, move your body, move your body."[82] The song is a step-by-step flash dance-style workout that combines elements of hip hop music, Latin music as well as dancehall moves with traditional exercise.[83][84] Nicole James of MTV Buzzworthy described "Move Your Body" as a "kid-friendlier" version of the original.[77] Risa Dixon of Newsday praised the reworked version, calling it "a fun, yet cardio-intensive workout song to get young people excited about exercising."[85]

Music video

The staff members of Idolator showed high favoritism for the acclaimed the campaign, further stating the fact that "when Beyonce tells people to dance, they tend to listen" and so they considered that it was "a pretty genius move" on Michelle Obama’s part to get Knowles in on her 'Let's Move!' campaign to fight childhood obesity.[86] On April 9, 2011, an instructional video featuring a group of teenagers dancing to "Move Your Body" was released online.[79] After a few days, Knowles has said that she "would record her own version of the exercise routine"[79] to show kids how it is done by shooting a new music video featuring a series of fun workouts to accompany the track.[78] On April 26, 2011, Knowles released a video directed by Melina Matsoukas for "Move Your Body".[81] In the video, students join Knowles to perform choreography by Frank Gatson.[81] In the choreography, Knowles and the students mix salsa, dancehall, The Running Man, Dougie, stomp.[81][87] The music video for "Move Your Body" takes place as a four-minute long flash mob.[77] The video begins during lunch hour at what looks like a junior high cafeteria. Everything is normal until Knowles, wearing short shorts and green knee-high socks, enters the cafeteria doors to begin the song. After Knowles' entry, all the kids jump to their feet, following along as Knowles leads the group through all kinds of dances.[77]

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Knowles in the music video of "Move Your Body" with several students, dancing along.
The instructional video was distributed to participating schools across the country on May 3, 2011, during a 'dance-in'.[81] Knowles was at P.S. 161 middle school in Harlem on that particular date. She taught students the moves from her "Move Your Body" video. Knowles appeared in the gym much to the delight of her young fans, who danced alongside her and took photos.[88] Lauretta Charlton of Black Entertainment Television (BET) gave the video a positive review stating that "It's impossible to watch without wanting to, well, move your body."[83] Nicole James of MTV Buzzworthy showed great interest in the video and its message, stating that Knowles gets kids heart pumping, "in more ways than one".[77] Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club added that "if anything can help curb the nation's childhood obesity problem, it is the galvanizing power of Beyoncé Knowles dancing", and further praised how "[the] bunch of cute kids [were] doing the Running Man and The Dougie in the cafeteria with Beyoncé."[89] A writer of Rap-Up described Knowles' dance moves in the video as "hot".[81] Mike Barthel of The Village Voice described the video as "adorable" and classified it as an "important moment in the relationship between politics and culture". Barthel also praised the patriotic scene where Knowles and the kids wave the American flag, saying that "It doesn't feel jingoistic, or pandering, or aggressive; it just feels celebratory, like they are actually kinda happy about America."[87]

Track listings

  1. "Get Me Bodied" (Radio Edit) – 4:00
  2. "Get Me Bodied" (Extended Mix) – 6:18
  • US CD Maxi Single
  1. "Get Me Bodied" (Extended Mix) – 6:21
  2. "Get Me Bodied" (Timbaland Remix featuring Voltio) – 6:17
  3. "Get Me Bodied" (Timbaland Remix featuring Fabolous) – 4:50

Credits and personnel




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