Don't Let Me Get Me

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"Don't Let Me Get Me"
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Single by Pink
from the album Missundaztood
Released December 19, 2001 (2001-12-19)
Format 12" maxi single
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:30
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Dallas Austin
Pink singles chronology
"Get the Party Started"
(2001)
"Don't Let Me Get Me"
(2001)
"Just Like a Pill"
(2002)
"Get the Party Started"
(2001)
"Don't Let Me Get Me"
(2001)
"Just Like a Pill"
(2002)

"Don't Let Me Get Me" is a song by American singer Pink. It was released as the second single from her second studio album Missundaztood (2001) in December 2001, the song was featured in the trailer for the 2003 comedy Just Married.

"Don't Let Me Get Me" was generally a success, reaching top ten positions in 14 countries, and became her fifth single to peak inside the top ten US Billboard Hot 100 chart, stalling successfully at number eight and became her first number one on the US Mainstream Top 40 chart. The song became Pink's second consecutive number-one single in New Zealand, and it also reached the top 10 in several other countries, including Australia, Ireland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, the song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised the tone of the song.

A music video promoting the single was filmed and released in December 2001.

Composition[edit]

"Don't Let Me Get Me" is written in the key of E major in common time and moves at a tempo of 98 beats per minute. The song moves at a chord progression of E–Cm–B–A, and Pink's vocals span from E3 to B4.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

"Don't Let Me Get Me" reached number one in New Zealand, number six in the UK, number eight in the U.S. and number twenty in Canada.

The song earned positive reports from music critics, but most gave sensitively mixed reviews upon her self-hating lyrical content. Robert Christgau in his consumer guide for MSN wrote that "Despite Pink's audacious claim that she's not as pretty as 'damn Britney Spears,' celebrity anxiety takes a backseat to a credible personal pain rooted in credible family travails, a pain held at bay by expression."[3] Jim Farber of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "In Don't Let Me Get Me, she turns self-loathing into a perverse kind of anthem."[4]

Jason Thompson of PopMatters wrote, "on the power rock of 'Don’t Let Me Get Me,' Pink herself tells it like it is and attempts to break free from the image making machine. 'Tired of being compared / To damn Britney Spears / She’s so pretty / That just ain’t me.' Well, that’s debatable in itself, but the fact that Pink takes it upon herself to call Spears out should be nothing short of revelatory. Spears certainly has nothing on Pink in the vocal department. Pink can actually sing. And damn well, mind you."[5]

Jim Alexander wrote a negative review, saying that the rest of Missundaztood is full of bad songs and that "'Don't Let Me Get Me' and 'Dear Diary' see all pop joy expunged for acoustic seriousness, dreary unobtrusive beats and lyrics about relationship woes and record company badness."[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Don't Let Me Get Me," shot by director Dave Meyers, depicts Pink as a high school student, in various scenes in which her nonconformity causes conflict with other students and school officials. A similarly-themed scene depicts her meeting with L.A. Reid, who tells her that in order to make her into a pop star, she will have to change everything about her outward appearance, in order to make her persona more comparable to that of Britney Spears, despite Pink's insistence that that is not how she sees herself. Yet another scene shows her modeling for the cover of a magazine, irritated at how she is being made up by the lighting technicians, makeup artists and other personnel involved in the shoot, the video then shifts to a scene in which Pink, now in control over her career, is welcomed back to her high school for a concert there.

Track listings[edit]

  • UK CD single[7]
  1. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [John Shanks Remix] - 3:16
  2. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Radio Mix] - 3:31
  3. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Maurice's Nu Soul Mix] - 6:03
  4. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Video] - 3:30
  • Australian CD single[8]
  1. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Radio Mix] - 3:31
  2. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [John Shanks Remix] - 3:16
  3. "There You Go" [Live from Sydney] - 3:09
  4. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Juicy Horn Mix] - 9:32
  • European CD single and Cassette[9]
  1. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Radio Mix] - 3:31
  2. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [John Shanks Remix] - 3:16
  • German CD single[10]
  1. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Radio Mix] - 3:31
  2. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [John Shanks Remix] - 3:16
  3. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Maurice's Nu Soul Mix] - 6:03
  4. "Get The Party Started (Sweet Dreams)" (featuring Redman) - 4:05
  5. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Video] - 3:30
  • American DVD single[11]
  1. "Don't Let Me Get Me" [Video] - 3:30
  2. "Get The Party Started" [Video] - 3:21
  3. "Get The Party Started" [Behind The Scenes] - 2:00
  4. "Photo Gallery" w/ "Get the Party Started" [Redman Remix] [Clean Radio Edit] [Audio] - 4:03

Charts and certifications[edit]

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