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Top 100 Best Party Songs Of All Time


60. Ce Ce Peniston - "Finally" (1991)

CeCe Peniston - "Finally"
Courtesy A&M

Ce Ce Peniston scored a top five smash hit with this debut single. It is an upbeat, celebratory song about love. The infectious dance beat underscores "Finally's" effectiveness as a great party song.

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59. Shop Boyz - "Party Like a Rockstar" (2007)

Shop Boyz - Party Like a Rockstar
© Republic

Atlanta based hip hop group Shop Boyz mashed hard rock and hip hop together for this big hit debut single. The song went to #2 on the pop singles chart while referencing a wide range of mainstream rock figures.

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58. Dead Or Alive - "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" (1985)

Dead Or Alive - "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"
Courtesy Epic

This unique new wave disco hit has proven one of the most durable dance songs of the 1980s. It includes strings based on Richard Wagner's classical piece Ride Of the Valkyries. The song was introduced to a new generation of fans by Adam Sandler in the Wedding Singer. It became the inspiration for Flo Rida's #1 hit "Right Round," and the inclusion of Dead Or Alive's lead singer Pete Burns on Celebrity Big Brother brought the song back to the pop top 5 in the UK in 2006.

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57. Jennifer Lopez - "On the Floor" featuring Pitbull (2011)

Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull - "On the Floor"
Courtesy Island Def Jam

Jennifer Lopez joins forces with RedOne and Pitbull for an instant party classic that sparked a major comeback for her. Jennifer Lopez invites you to the floor as your party director.

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56. Elvis Presley - "Jailhouse Rock" (1957)

Elvis Presley - "Jailhouse Rock"
Courtesy RCA

This Elvis Presley classic details a party in the jailhouse cellblock. It was performed in the movie of the same name with a celebrated dance sequence. "Jailhouse Rock" spent seven weeks at #1 on the pop singles chart and also topped the R&B and Country charts.

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55. KC and the Sunshine Band - "Get Down Tonight" (1975)

KC and the Sunshine Band - KC and the Sunshine Band
Courtesy TK Records

KC and the Sunshine Band introduced a horn-spiked variety of disco to the pop charts with this #1 pop hit. It also includes a distinctive double speed guitar solo creating the run that opens the song. Use the song for a retro moment in the party to, as the song says, encourage dancing and making love.

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54. Bee Gees - "Stayin' Alive" (1977)

Bee Gees - "Stayin' Alive"
Courtesy RSO

Used in the opening credits sequence of the movie Saturday Night Fever, "Stayin' Alive" has forever been identified as a theme song for disco. That also means it is a very durable dance and party hit. The appeal of "Stayin' Alive" seems to fluctuate somewhat with the fortunes of disco and dance music with pop audiences.

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53. Rose Royce - "Car Wash" (1976)

Soundtrack - Car Wash
Courtesy MCA

The distinctive handclap intro of "Car Wash" has been widely sampled in other R&B and hip hop songs. Former Motown producer and songwriter Norman Whitfield was commissioned to write the title song for the movie Car Wash. Reportedly, inspiration came suddenly and his ideas were handwritten on a wrapper for fried chicken. This funk-disco classic went to #1 on the pop charts and sold two million copies.


52. C&C Music Factory - "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" (1990)

C&C Music Factory - "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance)"
Courtesy Columbia

Huge diva vocals from Martha Wash issue the instruction here, "Everybody dance now!" Throw in a strong rap from Freedom Williams and this was an instant club and party classic. It reached #1 on the pop singles chart.

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51. Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself" (1981)

Billy Idol - "Dancing With Myself"
Courtesy Chrysalis

"Dancing With Myself" was originally recorded by Billy Idol with his group Generation X. However, he re-recorded it in a slightly more pop vein as a solo artist. The guitar solo is played by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. Some believe the song is about masturbation, but Billy Idol has confirmed it is literally about dancing on your own. Either way it is a party and sports event classic.

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