"Girls Just Want To Have Fun" has the rare distinction of being a female empowerment anthem written by a male songwriter, Robert Hazard. It also works well as a party anthem accentuated by the party of wall to wall people depicted in the video. This was Cyndi Lauper's debut solo single and it went all the way to #2 on the pop singles chart.
This big #1 pop hit from Lionel Richie has proved a durable favorite for celebratory parties. It incorporates Jamaican and Caribbean elements for an international flair. The song was performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics and at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize concert.
Forever remembered as the song from the Grease with bad language, "Greased Lightnin'" is also a rousing party sing along. For parties or dances built around a 50's theme or Grease itself, this is sure to be a highlight of the night. Unlike some of the other pop hits from the film, "Greased Lightnin'" did originate with the Broadway musical version of Grease.
As the story goes, this song originated from the unsolicited advice the band received while they played mostly rock music in bars. An audience member said, "Play some funky music, white boy." The band went into the studio and did just that creating a two million selling #1 pop and R&B smash. The song is durable and heard frequently as a party anthem.
Lady Gaga and Beyonce join forces here. The accompanying music video is as celebrated as the song. Lyrically, "Telephone" is about being harassed by phone calls while trying to enjoy being at a club, but Lady Gaga says in a broader sense it is about feeling suffocated by requests to work harder and harder.
There is some controversy among the principle songwriters of "Summer Of '69" as to exactly what the title refers to. Bryan Adams was only 9 years old in 1969 and claims it is a sexual metaphor. His songwriting partner Jim Vallance disagrees seeing other possible inspirations such as the film Summer Of '42. Regardless of the origin it was a top 5 pop hit and is looked at fondly by a wide range of music fans.