The 20 Best Party Songs Of All Time (In 2016-2017)
It doesn’t matter if it’s a house party, backyard barbeque, wedding reception, or another sort of fling – parties are made better with great tunes. And the 20 songs discussed below are the best of the best as far as party songs go. When you’re in the mood to get down with your friends, throw these songs on and you’ll get the party started in no time at all.
1. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Few, if any, party songs can top Michael Jackson’s 1979 disco jam “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” It’s the perfect song to get down and dance to.
2. Outkast – Hey Ya
“Hey Ya” by Outkast is one of those songs that you just can’t help but dance to. Seriously though, we dare you to try not to at least tap your foot next time you give it a listen.
3. David Bowie – Let’s Dance
A classic since its release in 1983, “Let’s Dance” is David Bowie’s best party song. It’s all but perfect to listen to while dancing the night away.
4. Beyoncé – Crazy in Love
Beyoncé is great. There is no getting around that fact. And “Crazy in Love” is the epitome of her greatness – at least as far as party music goes. The cowbell breakdown, frantic chanting, and guest verse by none other than Jay Z leads to a foot stomping jam like few others.
5. Amerie – 1 Thing
Is your party not going how you would like it? Is everyone sitting around an empty dancefloor? Throw on Amerie’s famous “1 Thing” and that dancefloor is sure to fill up in the blink of an eye. The R&B masterpiece is one of the absolute grooviest the genre has ever produced.
6. Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)
Another hit by Beyoncé, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” is one of the most unique party songs of all time. Minimal and stark, the catchy and addictive song not only makes you want to get up and dance – it also has an empowering message behind it.
7. Soft Cell – Tainted Love
“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell is a definite blast from the past. Full of 80’s nostalgia, the upbeat party song will get even the most inhibited party goers going.
8. Notorious BIG – Hypnotize
It’s not a real party without a few classic hip-hop songs thrown into the mix, right? And if it’s a hip-hop party masterpiece you want, then it’s a hip-hop party masterpiece you’re going to get with “Hypnotize” by Notorious BIG.
9. The Strokes – Last Nite
Rock ‘n’ roll was originally created as dance music. The fact seems to be lost on most modern day rock musicians. Not The Strokes. The single that catapulted the group to stardom, “Last Nite” is just about the best rock song you can throw on when you’re having a party.
10. Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover
On his track “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” Prince all but demands that you get funky. And how can you turn Prince down? Simply put, you can’t. So start dancing.
11. Michael Jackson – Beat It
The King of Pop is indisputably one of the kings of party music as well. And “Beat It” is one of his all-time greatest party jams.
12. Ray Charles – What’d I Say
Sure, it’s old – really old. But that does nothing to diminish the grooviness of this classic hit by Ray Charles. “What’d I Say” will have you on your feet and grooving in no time at all.
13. James Brown – Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine
This funk masterpiece by James Brown is one of the most energetic of all time. And it’s the perfect party song because of this rabid, soulful energy.
14. Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
“Intergalactic” by the Beastie Boys will take your party to another dimension. From the robot voice at the beginning to the bouncy beats to the catchy rhymes, this party song starts off strong and doesn’t let off at all.
15. Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
From her 2014 album 1989, comes yet another hit from Taylor Swift. “Shake It Off” suggests that the best way to deal with the haters in life is to pay them no attention. In other words, just shake it off and get down with your funky self.
16. Britney Spears – Toxic
Head down to any nightclub on a weekend and it is very likely you’ll hear “Toxic” grace the speakers. One of the most popular songs by Britney Spears, it has become something of a modern day party classic in its own right.
17. The Smiths – This Charming Man
Now, “This Charming Man” probably isn’t what you first think of when it comes to a traditional party song. Yet it’s a funk-trained masterpiece perfect for those that prefer something slightly different than normal.
18. Justin Timberlake – SexyBack
SexyBack is one of the most famous songs by former Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake. The song oozes sexiness and is a surefire way to make a party more…intimate.
19. Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
A list of the best party songs without mention of Montell Jordan’s classic is a travesty. Simple as that. When it comes down to it, “This Is How We Do It” is one of the best songs to dance to of all time. It is sure to make the dancefloor quite a bit more crowded than it was before it started playing.
20. Warren G and Nate Dogg – Regulate
With a sample from none other than Michael McDonald, this gangster rap anthem tells an epic tale on top of a great beat. Throw it on to liven your party up and stray away from the traditional pop dance songs played at the majority of parties. There you have it – 20 of the best party songs of all time. If these don’t make your party pop off, then…it has to be said…nothing will.
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