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In an interview with MTV News, J. Lo told the story of the song and how she fell in love with it, she said: “The minute RedOne played it for me, I made him play it 20 times in a row, and I just sat there at the board and I kept listening to it and listening to it. Because I really feel like, emotionally, I connected to it but also because of how much I love to dance and how much that’s always been such a big part of who I am since I started. Since I was a little girl, I just totally connected with the idea of getting out there. Every single lyric is about letting go: Get on the floor and be an animal.” Lopez also talked about the music video, adding: “I play one character where she kind of runs this party, acts like she’s kind of over it, but at the same time loves it and loves this kind of underground kind of party dance culture. So I got to be wild and crazy, and at the same time I got to be sexy and sweet too.”

Release date

Released February 8, 2011


RedOne – Kinda Hamid – AJ Junior – Teddy Sky – Bilal “The Chef” – Amando Perez – Gonzalo Hermosa – Ulises Hermosa



Chart Rankings

US -3

UK – 1


This smash hit sold over 8.4 million copies worldwide. In the UK, ‘On the Floor’ topped the Official Charts Company and the R&B Charts, becoming Jennifer’s third number 1 single. The single also became the best-selling R&B/Hip-Hop song of 2011. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum for sales over 876.000 copies. In the US, the song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at number 5 on the Mainstream Top 40 and the US Tropical Airplay.  The Spanish version reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Latin Songs chart. ‘On the Floor’ was the highest debuting Hot 100 single of Lopez’s career, her highest peaking chart position since 2006, and was YouTube’s most popular song of 2011. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Triple Platinum for sales over 3.85 million copies. The song topped the charts in several countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, France Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. It reached the top 10 charts in Denmark, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand.

In Canada, it was certified 5 times Platinum, while in Australia and Switzerland it was certified Quadruple Platinum. In Spain and Italy, the song was certified Triple Platinum; it was also certified Double Platinum in Germany, New Zealand, and Sweden. The song was certified Platinum in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, and Japan.

Artist’s age on release date

Jennifer Lynn Lopez was 42 years old and Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, was 31 years old when this song was released.

Cover Versions

Nikogda (drums cover) – Ian Head (drums cover) – Pianist Miri Lee (piano cover)- Other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

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