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.
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.
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."
"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.
"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.
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.
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.