MTV Buzzworthy called the collaboration between Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX a “match made in heaven that we never would’ve expected.” The public at large were taken by surprise by Fancy as well for it became not only the rapper’s first top 10 hit, but also one of the chart’s most successful single with over 9 million worldwide sales.
Rolling Stone named it the 19th best song of 2014, praising both Azalea’s “licorice-sweet flow” and Charli’s “earworm hook”. Hip Hop Wired singled out the “minimalistic drums and synths” provided by The Invisible Man and noted that they give the song a “Bay Area feel”.
The song’s MTV Music Awards nominated video was inspired by Clueless, a 90s American comedy film. Azalea commented to Radio about this: “I’m a huge fan of the movie. I always ask why hasn’t anybody remade it and wouldn’t it be cool if we could remake it. I’d see a lot of photo shoots and stuff like that trying to remake it, but I didn’t feel very impressed by them. Fancy is such a West Coast sounding song and beat that I felt like this would be the perfect opportunity for me to use this film.”
Fancy spent 7 consecutive weeks at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by Magic’s Rude.