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Hot in Herre

"Hot in Herre" is a popular song and single performed by the hip-hop artist Nelly, and was released in 2002 as the first single on his album Nellyville. The song's producers were The Neptunes. It is best known for the lyrics, "It's gettin' hot in here / So take off all your clothes".

Song information

"Hot in Herre" incorporates the hook from go-go performer Chuck Brown's 1979 #1 R&B hit "Bustin' Loose."

The song gave him his first number one on the United States Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and reached number four in the UK. It later won Best Male Rap Solo Performance, a brand new category at the time, at the Grammy Awards of 2003.

Music video

There were two music videos made for the single "Hot in Herre", one which takes place in a dance club and has an alternative to the video and one which takes place in the St. Louis Arch. The alternative video was played in MTV Europe instead of the official one.

The original video features cameo appearances by actor/comedian Cedric the Entertainer and NFL players T.J. Duckett and Julius Peppers.

Covers, parodies, and other versions

"Hot in Herre" has been covered by a number of artists, including The BossHoss; Jenny Owen Youngs (whose version also has an accompanying video on YouTube); Coldplay; Wang Chung, on the television show Hit Me Baby One More Time; Canadian electronic artist Tiga, who remade "Hot in Herre" with Scissor Sisters lead singer Jake Shears on vocals, giving it a more monotone, electro feel (this reached #46 in the UK); and Widespread Panic, whose cover was featured on an episode of the O.C., is featured on their album Jackassolantern, and was performed at one of their famed Halloween shows at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. In the live version of "Jocko Homo" on Devo's album, DEVOlution is Real: Live in Central Park, Mark Mothersbaugh briefly sings the chorus of "Hot in Herre" before Jocko Homo's "O-HI-O" breakdown.

  • The song was parodied as "Trash Day" by "Weird Al" Yankovic on the album Poodle Hat, replacing the chorus with "There's something rotten here, you better hold your nose".
  • The song was parodied by Mad TV in a sketch satirizing the controversy surrounding the Catholic Church and young boys.
  • Widespread Panic played the song live during their Halloween concert in 2002.

Uses in the media

"Hot in Herre" was a popular dance and sporting event favorite, and Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens uses the song as part of his home-field entrance.

The song also gains mention in the Big and Rich song "Caught Up in the Moment" with the lyrics "It's like Nelly said, it's getting hot in herre".

The song is mentioned in Invasion of the Boysnatchers, a clique novel by Lisi Harrison.

Track listings

CD maxi

  1. "Hot in Herre" (radio edit) — 3:50
  2. "Hot in Herre" (X-Ecutioners remix) — 3:58
  3. "Not in My House" — 2:58
  4. "Hot in Herre" (corporate remix) — 3:36


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia Platinum 2002 70,000
New Zealand Platinum October 6, 2002 15,000
U.S. Gold January 6, 2005 500,000


Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 1
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 3
Austrian Singles Chart 16
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 7
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 13
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart 2
Dutch Singles Chart 3
French Singles Chart 23
German Singles Chart 8
Irish Singles Chart 10
New Zealand Singles Chart 3
Norwegian Singles Chart 5
Swedish Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 10
UK Singles Chart 4
End of year chart (2002) Position
Australian Singles Chart 16
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart 30
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 64
Swiss Singles Chart 48

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