Throwback! “Lady Marmalade” (2001)


“Lady Marmalade” (2001) by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk

Which song was #1 exactly 15 years ago?!

—This super famous cover version of “Lady Marmalade!”

Released March 27, 2001

#1 for 5 weeks (May 27 - June 30) 

Genre: R&B, Hip hop

Length: 4:24

Label:  -Interscope

Writers:  -Bob Crewe  -Kenny Nolan

Producers:  -Rockwilder  -Missy Elliot

My Thoughts:

Score: 9/10

I like this cover just as much as the original LaBelle 1974 version.

Usually the original always wins against the newest version. “Lady Marmalade” (2001) is an exception.

The song comes off of the soundtrack for Moulin Rouge! starring Nicole Kidman.

If I were a young adult in 2001, I’m pretty sure I’d go crazy every time it came on.

This song is a fun, festive song. The four women together create a nice sonic variety of style during those 4 1/2 minutes.

It’s a great girls night out song to sing along to (gays included).

It won a grammy for “Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.”

“Lady Marmalade” won “Video of The Year” at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.

It has sold more than 5.2 million physical copies worldwide which also made it the worldwide best selling single of 2001.


Fun Factoids:

It was the third airplay-only song ever to Reach #1 without another commercial format available.

“Lady Marmalade” still holds the record on Billboard’s radio Mainstream Top 40 for the longest #1 for an all female collaboration (9 consecutive weeks) .

It became the first time a female rapper appeared on a #1 single. Congratulations Lil’ Kim.

Favorite Lyrics:

1. “Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir. Voulez vous coucher avec moi.”

That means, “Would you like to sleep with me tonight. Would you like to sleep with me.” It’s sung by all of them in the chorus.

What can I say, it sounds even better in French.

2. “We come through with the money and the garter belts.”

Lil’ Kim sounds beyond confident as she begins her verse. I imagine my friends and I going out at night, knocking down brick walls with our rolls of money and garter belts.


Here is a link to the full lyrics on

Here is a link to the music video found on Youtube:

Review by: Gio Bradley.