First Hit #1: July 29, 2002
Eleven years on, this song is still kind of ubiquitous. It’s surprising in the fashion-led world of dance music, but it’s got a timeless message that drunk and high people can relate to – let’s party and get naked. It’s a timeless sentiment, something that appeals to anyone who has imbibed aggressively. And Nelly has a lot of fun with the idea, going off on amusing tangents connected to the main theme – I did get a genuine chuckle when it went from dancing in front of a mirror to a line about butt sizes, as well as the stripper pole joke followed by immediate backpedaling – and generally not taking it remotely seriously. Nelly realizes that he’s making a song about naked parties, and so he makes a song that would be fun to play at naked parties, and fills it with odd jokes and asides, to makes it was much fun as possible. It is might be possible to get sick of it, but it’s still good fun.