With party songs, it really depends what your tastes run to. Some enjoy hip hop, others like trance and progressive, while still others like reggae. But when it comes to party songs, some of the best come from the mainstream market with song that stretch from classic party tunes everyone knows to dance tracks that were released in the last few years.
We have looked through party history to find the most inspiring, uplifting, foot stomping and body rockin’ hits that could be found. We think we have done you proud. For a really great party, you want a mix of both new tunes and the classics, so below is our list of the best party songs to get the party started and then keep it going through the night.
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
You cannot go anywhere without hearing the music and public exploits of Lady Gaga and her particular brand of entertainment.
I’ve Had The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Classic romantic tune for those slow dances.
Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams
One of Bryan Adams’ biggest hits over an illustrious career for the song man. Great classic rock.
Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice is somewhat derided nowadays, but this is a fun tune that people either love or hate.
Don’t Stop The Music by Rihanna
This is retro disco at its finest. Borrows liberally from a classic Michael Jackson tune for the beat and overall sound.
Jump Around by House of Pain
When hear the “Jump Around!” cry, with half the dance floor jumping up and down like mad people, this is the originator of the Jump Around song. Jump Jump!
Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Hard core party animal, the girl in the song loves to brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniels. Sleeping hit in 2008.
I Got A Feeling by Black Eyed Peas
This track is more about when you are getting ready to go par-tay, rather than on the dance floor itself. Massive hit when released, with more than 10 weeks at the #1 position in the pop charts.
On The Floor by Jennifer J-Lo Lopez
At the time when J-Lo was all the rage and her singles and albums were selling out. Never off the news for her outrageous outfits and who she was dating, J-Lo came out with this party hit that tore the floor up.
Sexyback by Justin Timberlake
Mixing pop with party sounds, Justin Timberlake crossed over to the party sound with this hot n’ sexy hit.
Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus
Young pop at its finest, giving Justin Bieber a run for his money with this hit.
Better Together by Jack Johnson
The usually ultra laid back tunes of Jack Johnson make for an unlikely party song, but the music of Jack Johnson through good publicity came to the attention of the mainstream audience and the rest is history.
Don’t Stop Believing by Journey
Heavy rock tune from a band popular in the 80s and 90s. Uplifting lyrics.
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonce
Beyonce kickin’ it with some radical party beats. Many of Beyonce’s albums feature a number of party hits suitable for any hopping party.
Family Affair by Mary J. Blige
Came right out of a jam session with none other than Dr. Dre. Lyrics and arrangement was later added and the song was released to big success.
Love Shack by B-52s
The “love shack” chant was a popular one that would immediately get people up dancing and singing along. Girls dropping their handbag on the dance floor, raising their hands in the air and giving it their all. The love shack was a real place and one of the band members lived there through the 70s.
I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
Right Said Fred were too sexy for their shorts… and everything else in this classic pop hit. Right Said Fred had a few other hits after this one, but this is the one that people remember the most.
You Gotta Fight For The Right To Party by the Beastie Boys
This song was not made intentionally as a party song but more as a commentary of the uninspiring rock songs at the time of its release. However, the song’s sound was loved by party goers who demanded it from DJs and the song caught on fast.
Dancing Queen by Abba
This classic tune by Swedish group, Abba, belongs at any party. It featured at a Royal Wedding and was honored in other ways all over the world.
1999 by Prince
Instructions from Prince to party like its 1999 was something party-goers were receptive to and this remains a classic many years after its initial release.
YMCA by The Village People
This one led a hoard of people to spell out the letters to the YMCA as they were dancing. Big music video at the time spread the word and this Village People song become a hit that kept on running.
This is a total classic that may date back 50+ years. The Birdie song was a variation on it that was released in the early 1980s. Fun for some, embarrassing for others, but just about everyone knows the song.
Red Red Wine by UB40
A cover of a song by Neil Diamond, the UB40 reggae band made their name with this song.
Macarena by Los Del Rio
This one created a whole dance movement where everyone learned to “dance the Macarena”. Eventually hitting the charts and staying at #1 for over a year. Spanish duo hit it big with this one.
Let’s Dance by David Bowie
This is half funk, half disco beat for David Bowie’s only song to hit number 1on both sides of the Atlantic. The song lyrics are a little darker than the musical accompaniment would at first suggest, but that did not stop this becoming a huge hit for Bowie.
Get Down Tonight by KC and the Sunshine Band
Early 1975 hit that featured unusual guitar solos and radical beats to get your body moving.