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Top 100 Best Party Songs Of All Time


41. The Champs - "Tequila" (1958)

The Champs - "Tequila"
Courtesy Goldenlane

"Tequila" was a chart-topping party classic when initially released. It then gained new fame for its use in a scene in the 1985 movie Pee Wee's Big Adventure. It was the soundtrack for what became known as "The Pee Wee Dance."

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42. Van Morrison - "Brown Eyed Girl" (1967)

Van Morrison - "Brown Eyed Girl"
Courtesy Bang Records

Van Morrison's first solo hit single only reached #10 on the pop chart when it was originally released, but its reputation has spread much further in subsequent years. The song is about sex, youth, and growing up which makes it a perfect party song. "Brown Eyed Girl" has been inducted into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame.

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43. Alicia Bridges - "I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round)" (1978)

Alicia Bridges - "I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round)"
Courtesy Universal

Alicia Bridges' classic disco hit has an elegant, sophisticated sound that fits the nightlife theme perfectly. Following its original #5 pop chart peak, the song has been given a boost twice from films. It was included in a key dance scene for the 1979 hit movie Love At First Bite. In 1994, "I Love the Nightlife" was part of the soundtrack for The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of the Desert. It is now part of the Broadway musical version of that film.

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44. Lipps, Inc. - "Funkytown" (1980)

Lipps Inc - "Funkytown"
Courtesy Casablanca

"Funkytown" was one of the last major hits of the peak years of disco. It went to #1 on the pop singles chart. It is loaded with electronic effects that lend a slightly futuristic feel to the recording. The "Funkytown" in question is New York City. Songwriter Steven Greenberg wrote the song when he was bored with his home city of Minneapolis and dreaming about a better place.

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45. Ciara - "1,2 Step" (2004)

Ciara - "1,2 Step"
Courtesy LaFace

Although the instrumental track sounds futuristic it is rooted in 1980s electro. The song was Ciara's second consecutive platinum single to kick off her career. Her invitation may be just what is needed to get everyone on the dance floor.

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46. Miami Sound Machine - "Conga" (1985)

Miami Sound Machine - "Conga"
Courtesy Epic

"Conga" brought Cuban rhythm structures to the US pop charts in a celebration of dance and life. It landed at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 making Miami Sound Machine and their lead vocalist Gloria Estefan pop stars. The song single-handedly brought conga lines back to prominence at party celebrations of all kinds.

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47. Tone Loc - "Wild Thing" (1988)

Tone Loc - "Wild Thing"
Courtesy Delicious Vinyl

This breakthrough hit by rapper Tone Loc is built around a euphemism for sex. It went to #2 on the pop singles chart. "Wild Thing" includes an uncredited Van Halen sample from the song "Jamie's Cryin'."

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48. Young MC - "Bust a Move" (1989)

Young MC - "Bust a Move"
Courtesy Island Records

This Grammy Award winning top 10 pop hit helped introduced mainstream pop audiences to hip hop. In another cross over of genres it features Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea on bass. "Bust a Move" contains all the instruction you need for success with women at a dance, just, "bust a move."

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49. Violent Femmes - "Blister In the Sun" (1983)

Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
Courtesy Slash Records

Originally popular as a college radio and alternative club hit in the early 1980s, the Violent Femmes "Blister In the Sun" spread to a larger audience when included on the soundtrack to the 1997 movie Grosse Pointe Blank. Controversy remains over the true meaning of the song's lryics, but that doesn't stop it from being a party favorite and an alternative rock classic.

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50. Flo Rida featuring T-Pain - "Low" (2007)

Flo Rida - Low
Courtesy Atlantic Records

The fusion of hip hop and pop in Flo Rida's smash debut hit sounds effortless. The song expresses appreciation for a stripper's dance, but for most listeners it is simply the ultra-catchy, danceable sound that draws them in. Next thing you know, everyone in the room will be singing along.

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