We've all been there.
We're at party and suddenly a track comes on that everyone starts freakin' out to!
You see, when it comes to great party songs...there are TONS to choose from.
But only very few songs are so good they'll cause an absolute ruckus!!
Interested to know what they are? Read on, comrade, read on....
- Our pick of 11 party songs that are pretty much guaranteed to cause a ruckus:
- 1. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
- 2. Beat It - Michael Jackson
- 3. Rock And Roll All Night - KISS
- 4. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
- 5. 1999 - Prince
- 6. Love Shack - B-52s
- 7. Push It - Salt-N-Pepa
- 8. Jump Around - House Of Pain
- 9. Hey Ya! - Outkast
- 10. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
- 11. The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
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Our pick of 11 party songs that are pretty much guaranteed to cause a ruckus:
1. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
The second official single off the Black Eyed Peas’ fifth studio album, The E.N.D., the party tune I Gotta Feeling was released worldwide in June of 2009 and almost immediately topped the UK charts (July 2009).
Together with their first official release off The E.N.D. album—Boom Boom Pow—the Black Eyed Peas spent a whopping 26 weeks as number 1 on the U.S. charts—12 with Boom Boom Pow and 14 with I Gotta Feeling.
2. Beat It - Michael Jackson
The most upbeat and popular song off of one of the all-time bestselling albums (Thriller), Beat It thrilled audiences with its fast-paced, anti-violence message.
In making this song, Michael Jackson relied on some of the best musical talent of the day, including guitar virtuoso Eddie Van Halen, from the band of the same name.
3. Rock And Roll All Night - KISS
Written by KISS’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for their 1975 Dressed to Kill album, Rock And Roll All Night became a rock legend, a rallying cry for the band’s fan, and KISS’ best known musical anthem, which was usually reserved for encores at their elaborate stage shows.
The band even performed the song at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics Games in Salt Lake City.
4. You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
The most successful of AC/DC’s many albums, Back In Black, contained many memorable songs, but none that could raise the roof quite like the song You Shook Me All Night Long.
This upbeat tune with scream-like lyrics was named one of the “Best Songs of the 1980s,” placing tenth on that list of 100 songs compiled by VH1.
5. 1999 - Prince
The synthesizer-heavy song 1999 by Prince remains one of the foremost party songs of all time, almost three decades after its release.
Imploring listeners “to party like it’s 1999—the last year of the 20th century,” the song went on to catapult Prince to the fame and fortune (he claimed never wanted).
6. Love Shack - B-52s
Released in 1989 in the middle of the Punk Rock era, the song Love Shack became a mega-hit for the band the B-52s.
The video for the song perfectly captures the culture of the day and the style of the band; in a cramped dive people of all ages and backgrounds are seen dancing together and flailing about to the fast-paced melody.
7. Push It - Salt-N-Pepa
Released in 1987 as the B-side on the Tramp single, Push It is a Hip Hop song that is almost impossible not to dance to.
The group performed Push It, which made it to #2 on the US Singles Chart, at the 70th Birthday concert for Nelson Mandela.
8. Jump Around - House Of Pain
Rising all the way to number 3 on the United States charts, House of Pain’s single Jump Around is regularly heard at nightclubs and bars, as its high-energy beat and lyrics makes the song a favorite among party DJs and dancers.
9. Hey Ya! - Outkast
Written by Andre 3000, part of the Hip Hop group Outkast; the party anthem known as Hey Ya! turned out to be the most successful single off the band’s The Love Below album.
The memorable video for the song shows the band mates playing their instruments on an old-time stage, a scene that mimics the Beatles 1964 performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
10. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
Written and recorded by the British hard rock band Def Leppard, the crazy-loud—and often suggestive—song Pour Some Sugar On Me was the biggest hit off the band’s 1987 Hysteria album, rising to number 2 in that year on the U.S. Hot 100.
11. The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
Known as the Kings of Modern Funk, Digital Underground—and their song the Humpty Dance—gave concertgoers and listeners their first taste of front man Shock G, AKA Humpty Hump.
A rather silly, always rhyming song that also became a feverish dance craze in the 1990s, The Humpty Dance could be heard at parties and celebrations everywhere during that decade.
So there you have it. Which songs would you add to the list?
Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Djangology’ and when he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his Campervan.