Black Eyed Peas’ Top 10 Hits

The Black Eyed Peas’ Top 10 Hits

Among the Black Eyed Peas’ 10 biggest Billboard Hot 100 hits, five are from the act’s 2009 album, “The E.N.D.,” and it’s no wonder. Between “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling,” the group spent half of the 2009 chart year atop the chart. So it’s no surprise that the two singles lead the group’s recap of its top charting Hot 100 songs.

The pair of tracks were the first offerings from “The E.N.D.,” which became the group’s first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last year when it debuted atop the tally. It has sold 2.6 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Interscope act’s cumulative U.S. album sales for all of its releases stand at 10.7 million. That includes 4.3 million for 2005 set “Monkey Business” and 3.2 million for 2003’s “Elephunk” (the group’s first album with then-new member Fergie).

Titles on this chart are ordered by peak position on the Billboard Hot 100. If more than one title peaked at the same position, ties were broken by the number of weeks spent at the peak. If ties still remained, they were broken by the number of weeks on the chart, and then in the top 10 and/or the top 40, depending on where the title peaked. — text by Keith Caulfield

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Pump It

Hot 100 Peak: 18 Taken from the A&M/Interscope album “Monkey Business,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on June 23, 2005. list divider 9

Don’t Lie

Hot 100 Peak: 14 Taken from the A&M/Interscope album “Monkey Business,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on August 13, 2005. list divider 8

Rock That Body

Hot 100 Peak: 9 Taken from the Interscope album “The E.N.D.,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on May 15, 2010. list divider 7

Where Is The Love?

Hot 100 Peak: 8 Taken from the A&M/Interscope album “Elephunk,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on June 14, 2003. list divider 6

Meet Me Halfway

Hot 100 Peak: 7 Taken from the Interscope album “The E.N.D.,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on October 3, 2009. list divider 5

Don’t Phunk With My Heart

Hot 100 Peak: 3 Taken from the A&M/Interscope album “Monkey Business,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on April 23, 2005. list divider 4

My Humps

Hot 100 Peak: 3 Taken from the A&M/Interscope album “Monkey Business,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on Aug. 20, 2005. list divider 3

Imma Be

Hot 100 Peak: 1 (two weeks) Taken from the Interscope album “The E.N.D.,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on June 6, 2009. list divider 2

Boom Boom Pow

Hot 100 Peak: 1 (twelve weeks) Taken from the album “The E.N.D.,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on March 28, 2009. list divider 1

I Gotta Feeling

Hot 100 Peak: 1 (14 weeks) Taken from the album “The E.N.D.,” the song debuted on the Hot 100 on June 27, 2009. list divider

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Originally formed in 1995, The Black Eyed Peas found major success after the turn of the 21st century, emerging as one of the biggest music groups of their generation. The band consists of will.i.am, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap. Fergie’s vocal talents and will.i.am’s production skills are central to their success and the BEPs are known for mixing elements of hip hop, R&B, dance and pop music.

Their string of worldwide hits has earned them a place amongst the most downloaded music artists of all-time and in total, their record sales are estimated to exceed 50 million units worldwide. Below, we look at their top 10 songs.

10. “My Humps”

The biggest commercial success to come from the Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Monkey Business’ album, ‘My Humps’ is a catchy single, which reached number 3 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. However, it received some criticism for its sexually suggestive themes.

9. “Shut Up”

Featured on the group’s ‘Elephunk’ album, ‘Shut Up’ was never released as a single in the United States, but became a major hit in many European countries, topping charts in Germany, France and Spain and reaching number 2 in the UK. The track is notable for being one of the first songs recorded with Fergie, as the Black Eyed Peas had previously existed as an all-male trio.


8. “Hey Mama”

Written by will.i.am and British reggae singer Tippa Irie, ‘Hey Mama’ was released as the third single from ‘Elephunk’. It was a moderate commercial hit, reaching the top 10 in the UK, Australia, Germany and Italy and was popular amongst fans for its unique sound.

7. “Imma Be”

A major hit in the U.S., reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 2010, ‘Imma Be’ received widespread praise from music critics, with many calling it the best track on the group’s 2009 album, ‘The E.N.D.’. However, despite huge success in America, it never received a full single release in many countries around the world. Nonetheless, it almost reached the top 50 of the UK Singles Chart based on downloads alone during its limited promotional release.

6. “Let’s Get It Started”

Winner of a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2005, ‘Let’s Get It Started’ was a re-working of the track ‘Let’s Get Retarded’, which appeared on their ‘Elephunk’ album. Despite failing to make the top 10 of either the Billboard Hot 100 or the UK Singles Chart, the song was well received by critics. In addition to its one Grammy win, it was nominated in the Record of the Year and Best Rap Song categories.

5. “Meet Me Halfway”

A chart topper in both the UK and Australia, ‘Meet Me Halfway’ was released as a promotional single for ‘The E.N.D.’. The track is a ballad, on which Fergie takes the clear lead and the singer said that she took inspiration from Madonna when recording her vocals.

4. “Pump It”

Featuring a surf music sample made famous by the Quentin Tarantino film ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Pump It’ was released as the fourth single from ‘Monkey Business’. Although it only reached number 18 on the US Billboard 100, it was a bigger success in the UK, peaking at number 3 and becoming the first single in history to reach the top 40 on downloads alone.

3. “Boom Boom Pow”

The lead single from ‘The E.N.D.’, ‘Boom Boom Pow’ has a futuristic, electro sound and an unconventional chorus. According to will.i.am, the track was originally intended for use in underground clubs, rather than radio. However, it became a mainstream hit around the world, giving the group their first number one in the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching the top of the charts in countries like the UK, Canada and Australia.

2. “Where Is the Love?”

The group’s first mainstream success, ‘Where Is the Love?’ features uncredited vocals from Justin Timberlake and touches upon important social topics, including war, terrorism, gang crime, racism and intolerance. The track eventually received two Grammy nominations, including one for Record of the Year and topped the singles charts in the UK and Australia, becoming the UK’s best-selling song for 2003.

1. “I Gotta Feeling”

Released as the second single from ‘The E.N.D.’, ‘I Gotta Feeling’ became The Black Eyed Peas’ most successful song of all-time. It topped the Billboard 100 for 14 consecutive weeks, peaked at number 1 in the UK and sold more than 15 million units worldwide, making it the best-selling digital single ever. The track eventually received the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group.

Sexy Lyrics by Black Eyed Peas

I took ur picture, with one particluar reason and its to capture ur character,
I like to sit and stare at ‘cha
Aint nothin wrong with starin at cha
Girl don’t be scared at the fact that i envison us getting married and i ain’t tryin to rush nuttin
Cuz i aint rushin
It’ll take a time like, “whats them things that move slow you knowthem…damn..i cant think cuz u on my mind…”
And when u on my mindi cant find anything to ryhme with ryhme
I gotta ryhme ryhme with mixture
And speakin of mixture
With u i wanna get mixed up
Im like a record and ur like a record
So lets let the DJ mix us
Ur like an elixir
Thats got me tipsy,
This is just like ripplets
Believe it or not girl but i love you

Girl u really got me goin
Outta control
I dot know what im doin
Lets let it go
And do what we do best
Take off our clothes
We look better undressed

Lets get sexy
Lets get sexy
Sounds so good
Sounds so good
Fightin’ is rightin’
Fightin’ is rightin’
Lets get sexy
Its so much more exciting

For you im a fanatic
Im a addict
Ur sexy antics turn me on like automatic
No need to get dramatic
But i gotta have it
(gimme gimme gimme gimme)
Gimme some of them sexual acrobatics
Kama sutra girl, anything that suits you girl
Things u aint used to girl
Come over here and let me show you just how we will do it
Im a freak and u knew it
Ur a freak and i knew it
Baby lets get to it

Its called the S E X X X X
(YES YES YES)

U take me to extasy
Witout takin extasty
Its exactly like extasy
When u layin right next to me
Im sexin’ u
Sexin u
U sexin me
Sexin me
Its feels so damn natural
Wut we doin so naturally
Im likin u rubbin’ me
And u likin me rubbin’ u
Da passions emaculate
While u lovin me lovin u
I put L-O-V-E in you i love me puttin me in you
Make love to you
Just like Sergio Mendez play piano

“Sexy” Lyrics

Cause I ain’t Russian
I wanna take the time like
“Whats them things that move slow, you know”
Damn…I can’t think cause you on my mind.
And when you on my mind, I can’t find,

anything that rhymes with the word ‘rhyme’.
I gotta rhyme ‘rhyme’ with ‘mixture’.
And speaking of mixture,
With you, I wanna be mixed up.
I’m a record, and you’re like a record,
So lets let the DJ mix us.
You like an elixer,
thats got me tipsy.
This is just like Ripley’s
Belive it or not, But I love ya, girl.
CHORUS
Girl you really got me going, outta control.
I don’t know what I’m doing, lets let it go.
And do what we do best, take of our clothes.
We look better undressed.
Bridge-repeat 2x
lets get sexy
lets get sexy
comfortable
comfortable
fightin’ is rightin’
fightin’ is rightin’
lets get sexy
its so much more exciting
for you im a fanatic
im a addict
ur sexy antics turn me on like automatic
no need to get dramatic
but i gotta have it
(gimme gimme gimme gimme)
gimme some of them sexual acrobatics
Karma Sutra girl, anything that suits u girl
things u aint used to girl
come over here and let me show you just how willy do it
im a freak and u knew it
ur a freak and i knew it
baby lets get to it
REPEAT CHORUS
its called the S E X X X X
(YES YES YES)
u take me to ecstacy
witout takin ecstacy
its exactly like ecstasy
when u layin right next to me
im sexin’ u
sexin u
u sexin me
sexin me
its feels so damn natural
wut we doin so naturally
im likin u rubbin’ me
and u likin me rubbin’ u
da passions emaculate
while u lovin me lovin u
i put l-o-v in you
i love me puttin me in you
make love to you
just like Sergio Mendez plays the piano

Headphone Josh

Alternative, political, weird. Before the becoming a global Dance smash, the Peas represented a small, overlooked Alternative Hip Hop scene. As the Black Eyed Peas brand grew to new heights, their credibility fell with AllMusic.com describing their 2005 single My Humps as “one of the most embarrassing rap performances of the new millennium.” What happened to you Peas, you used to be cool.

Officially, The Black Eyed Peas date back to 1988, a full 15 years before every had Where Is The Love as their new ringtone. Although as founding members Wil.i.am and apl.de.ap were thirteen at the time, it wouldn’t be until 1998 that they released their first album Behind The Front. The first ten years of the group were turbulent as their label Ruthless Records was unable to help them release a record due to the unimtely death of founder Eazy-E. After ten years of iterations and name changes, the then Fergie-less Peas hit the music scene in 98′ with three stand-out tracks.

Joints And Jam

Karma

Fallin’ Up

The backpacker Rap style was a far cry from their later EDM inspired work. Using samples that were reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest, the alternative LP Behind The Front didnt see anything like the success of albums to come. Despite this, the Peas continued their off-beat and conscious style amongst favourable reviews.

2000’s Bridging The Gap saw production help from DJ Premier and Wyclef Jean as well as features from artists like Macy Gray. The peas kept their funky style with singles like Weekend and BEP Empire.

Weekend

BEP Empire

It would be another three years until a new Black Eyed Peas album, with their third outing Elephunk being the first with Fergie in tow. Nicole Scherzinger was originally approached to join the group but turned down the offer due to contract agreements with another group. Fergie’s input marked a big change in the style of the group, noted by one Rolling Stone writer who reviled the shift penning that the group. “hired a blond bombshell named Stacy ‘Fergie’ Ferguson and gave up their pursuit of backpack-rapper cred, they have made a kind of spiritual practice of recording dumb songs.”

Elephunk included some great tracks whilst toeing the line of poppy Hip Hop. It proved to be a slippery slope however. A group that was once a breath of fresh air quickly succumbed to the sexualisation and industrialisation of Hip Hop, releasing catchy radio fodder, rather than conscious, interesting music. At least you used to be cool guys.

Let’s Get It Started In Here

Where Is The Love?

Hey Mama

Like That ft. Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Cee-lo, John Legend

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The top five songs Black Eyed Peas songs

The Black Eyed Peas have been shaking up the charts since the early 2000s. Originally producing alternative hip-hop, more recently their sound has lent more towards dance-pop, particularly after the addition of Fergie to the group. Their latest album Masters of the Sun featuring ‘BIG LOVE’ dropped on Friday October 12. So before you have a listen for yourselvs, here’s the best from their back catalogue.

‘Don’t Lie’

A huge hit off the worldwide success album Monkey Business, ‘Don’t Lie’ really showcases the change from hip-hop to a more pop influenced sound. However it failed to replicate the success of the album’s lead single ‘Don’t Funk with My Heart’, most likely due to overshadowing of the album’s fan favourite ‘My Humps’.

‘Shut Up’

This song is a classic, as it was always played at high school parties and really hits that nostalgia hard. Despite the repetitive nature of the song, it’s one of the first songs Fergie was on before becoming the fourth member of the group.

‘My Humps’

As mentioned, ‘My Humps’ was a fan favourite and was released as a single after becoming a hit on mainstream radio despite a complete lack of promotion. The song obviously lacks the political context and more family friendly vibe of their more recent dance tracks, but it’s still a catchy party tune.

‘I Gotta Feeling’

Simultaneously holding both the number one and number two spots on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Boom Boom Pow’ of the same album for 26 weeks in a row and is an all-round great dance track. It always gets people jumping.

‘Where is the Love?’

From their 2003 album Elephunk, this track was the beginning of their extensive record sales. The album topped the charts in 13 countries, and ‘Where is the Love?’ became Britain’s top selling single of the same year. Its lyrics contain political concerns and are often heard as an anthem of love and respect for everyone.

Honourable mentions to ‘BEP Empire’, ‘Don’t Funk with My Heart’, ‘Release’, ‘Pump It’ and ‘Meet Me Halfway’.

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