In 2005, Sean Paul scored one of the biggest hits of his career with Temperature, a thumping dose of Jamaican dancehall that cranked up the thermostat in nightclubs across the globe. With its pounding ragga rhythm and Paul’s idiosyncratic toasting, the song’s sweat-inducing music video proved a hit on MTV, sticking in the memory thanks to its extraordinary dance routines, performed by a coterie of female backing dancers.
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Over 15 years later, the song caused temperatures to spike once again, due to its resurgence as a TikTok craze. The viral trend, the most famous of which is called the Temperature Challenge, has been performed across the globe by celebrities and everyday people alike, reminding millions of music fans of the enduring popularity of the song. Here is the story of how Sean Paul’s Temperature went from whipping up a frenzy on the pop charts to taking TikTok by storm…
“It’s about ladies, as usual…”
Originally released on 5 December 2005, Temperature was the third single lifted from Sean Paul’s third album, The Trinity, with the singer explaining to MTV that “it’s about ladies, as usual”. It was immediately clear why Paul would later commend the song for being “a very danceable track”. Blasting out of speakers with a punchy tribal groove, Temperature soon began to rise up the charts, going on to sell more than three million copies in the US and peaking at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006.