Pop Life was the third single (second in North America) to be released from Prince's eighth album Around The World In A Day, the second to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. It was released three months after the album's release. The single included a non-album track b-side, Hello as well as extended versions ("Fresh Dance Mix") of both Pop Life and Hello.
Raspberry Beret was released concurrently in the UK (with Hello as the b-side), so when Pop Life was released there, Girl was used as the b-side instead.
Unusually, different versions of Pop Life were used on the 12" in different countries. The U.S. and Europe received Pop Life (Fresh Dance Mix) (remixed by Sheila E., while the UK, Australia and New Zealand received Pop Life (Extended Version), which was Prince's own original version.
This is the first single to contain more than one remix of the same track, therefore (albeit not in the same territory).
The cover art, as with that of the singles Raspberry Beret and America, is an enlarged detail from the artwork of the album Around The World In A Day, painted by Doug Henders.
The single reached number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and number 8 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles Chart.