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Top 100 Best Party Songs Of All Time

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Party songs provide the soundtrack for some of the best moments of our lives. This list of 100 of the best party songs of all time will get you started in selecting the soundtrack for the perfect event. For what's hot and of the moment don't miss the list of Top 10 Current Party Songs.

100. Black Eyed Peas - "Let's Get It Started" (2004)

Black Eyed Peas
Courtesy A&M

Black Eyed Peas originally released this song as "Let's Get Retarded." Upon the re-editing of the lyrics it became a smash hit providing the soundtrack for a wide range of parties and celebrations including the 2004 Democratic Party national convention.

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99. Dexy's Midnight Runners - "Come On Eileen" (1983)

Courtesy Mercury

Like any great party song, this one off #1 smash for Dexy's Midnight Runners in the US has a towering sing along chorus as well as plenty of sexual innuendo. VH-1 ranked "Come On Eileen" as the #1 one-hit wonder song of the 1980s. The song peaks when the brilliantly swaying bridge quickens into a final rousing chorus.

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98. Lesley Gore - "It's My Party" (1963)

Lesley Gore - "It's My Party"
Courtesy Mercury

The story in "It's My Party" of the protagonist's "Johnny" showing up with a rival, "Judy," so captivated pop audiences that a revenge sequel titled "Judy's Turn To Cry" was a smash hit as well. If you are ever a victim of a very public romantic disaster, this is your song of solace. Lesley Gore knows your pain. "It's My Party" was a #1 hit on both the pop and R&B charts.

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97. Kool & the Gang - "Celebration" (1980)

Kool and the Gang - "Celebration"
Courtesy Mercury

What do you want to celebrate? A wedding? An anniversary? A birthday? A sports championship? The ending of the Iran hostage crisis? This is your all-purpose song. There is nothing particularly inventive here other than the cleverness of creating a pop song out of the word "celebration" itself. This was a #1 pop hit when first released and has not left the public consciousness since.

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96. Usher - "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" (2010)

Usher - "DJ Got Us Fallin' In Love" featuring Pitbull
Courtesy LaFace

Do you want a romantic moment at the party, but you don't really want to slow things down? Usher has created the perfect song for you. Lose yourself in the atmosphere of the club and the tug of romance.

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95. Commodores - "Brick House" (1977)

Commodores - Commodores
Courtesy Motown

Many music fans would be surprised to learn that the words of appreciation of female anatomy originate with a woman, Shirley Hanna-King, wife of the Commodores' William King. The song went clear to the pop top 5. It's unapolgetically funky instrumental track have kept it a party classic since its release.

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94. Miley Cyrus - "Party In the U.S.A." (2009)

Miley Cyrus - Time Of Our Lives
Courtesy Hollywood

Whether or not Miley Cyrus personally relates to the lyrics of this massive hit, plenty of pop fans do feel a resonance in the words about relating to a new place. Jessie J helped write the song and it started her on the path to her own success as an artist.

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93. Rednex - "Cotton Eye Joe" (1995)

Rednex - Sex and Violins
Courtesy Jive

What happens when you combine folk, techno, and bluegrass music? It goes something like this hit from Swedish dance-pop group Rednex. The song itself has its origins in the pre-Civil War US south. Today "Cotton Eye Joe" remains popular as a line dance and special event pick.

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92. Kenny Loggins - "Footloose" (1984)

Kenny Loggins - "Footloose"
Courtesy CBS

Few pop hits are so successful at moving listeners to get up and dance along. "Footloose" was the #1 smash from the movie of the same name. The song manages to cut a swath across genres from rock to country appealing broadly to a wide audience.

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91. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - "Old Time Rock and Roll" (1983)

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Stranger In Town
Courtesy Capitol

This is the soundtrack to the moment that made Tom Cruise a movie star from the film Risky Business. It has been named one of the top jukebox songs of all time. There are plenty of pleasing memories to go around associated with the song which makes it an outstanding choice for celebrations and special events.

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