Surf guitar is clearly present, but it is the drums on the instrumental classic "Wipe Out" that is the most memorable. The Surfaris went clear to #2 with the initial release of the song only to return to #16 just three years later in 1966. "Wipe Out" has been featured in more than 20 movies and TV series.
At its heart "Hey Ya!" is about how difficult it can be to maintain a relationship, but it is difficult to keep that in mind with the sheer power of the groove, and complexity of the mix to sweep you up. "Hey Ya!" spent nine weeks at #1 and the song reaches a clear peak as Andre 3000 encourages the ladies to, "shake it like a Polaroid picture."
It is difficult to understand exactly how a disco song that celebrates men hanging out with men at the YMCA turned into an all-purpose massive crowd celebratory sing along, but that is what happened to the Village People's hit single "YMCA." Whether its a break at a sports event or a peak moment of a wedding reception, you are likely to say people of all ages raising their arms to spell out the letters Y-M-C-A as they join the group's chorus.
Tommy James has stated in interviews that "Mony Mony" emerged out of a deliberate effort to create a "party rock" song. He hit the bullseye with his creation. The title of the song came from desperate efforts to come up with a name or word that was two syllables and made sense in the song. The solution appeared on a Mutual of New York (MONY) insurance sign in New York City.
The original version of "Mony Mony" went to #3 on the pop singles chart while Billy Idol's 1987 live version went all the way to #1. It was around that time that the shouted "get laid, get f**ked" line was added to the instrumental break frequently when the song was played at parties and events. Tommy James succeeded in creating one of the most successful party rock songs of all time.
Deee-Lite only had one major pop hit, but this one is a monster. It went to #4 on the pop singles chart after topping the dance chart. Among the key samples here are a bass line from Herbie Hancock's "Bring Down the Birds" and whistles from Vernon Burch's "Get Up." There is a rap from Q-Tip and guest bass from Bootsy Collins. The whole package is a delightfully "groovy" party and dance hit.
The success of "Tik Tok" was as much of a surprise for Ke$ha as everyone else. The girl who brushes her teeth, "with a bottle of Jack," must truly be a serious party girl. Ultimately Ke$ha says the song is just about having a great time, and millions of fans agreed with her sending the song to the top of the pop singles chart and turning Ke$ha into a party music star.