In terms of hits, Teenage Dream is without a doubt one of the decade’s most successful albums. Katy Perry’s second album spawned no less than 5 chart-toppers out of its 6 released singles. Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) is the last of those number ones and it made Perry become the first female artist to have 5 number ones from one album. Michael Jackson’s Bad is the only other album in music history holding this record.
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) is a NRG-pop song with lyrics about drunken fun and debauchery. According to Katy Perry, the inspiration came from a real-life experience, involving a wild night of partying: “There’s nothing better than an impromptu dance party with my friends. My track Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) is a song about debauchery because I had one of those nights in Santa Barbara. We went out to this place called Wildcat and got crazy. We had a couple of beers and danced until we died, then brought the party back to the hotel room. Most of that song is actual truth, apart from the ménage à trois…unfortunately! But, yes, streaking in the park, that’s what we did, so we had to write a song about it the next day!”
The song’s video portrays Perry’s alter-ego, nerdy teenager Kathy Beth Terry, waking up the morning after the party and going online only to find out compromising pictures that she doesn’t remember being taken of her. Simultaneously, the video flashes back to scenes from the actual party. The video features cameo appearances by musicians and actors such as Rebecca Black, Corey Feldman, Debbie Gibson, Kenny G, Hanson, and Kevin McHale and Darren Criss of Glee. Comedian Rob Delaney wrote a humorous Vice article deconstructing the song lyric-by-lyric.
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) spent 2 consecutive weeks at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by Maroon 5’s Moves like Jagger (featuring Christina Aguilera).