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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. 99 of 100 Dexy's Midnight Runners: 'Come on Eileen' (1983) Mercury Like any great party song, this one-off No. 1 smash in the United States for Dexy's Midnight Runners has a towering singalong chorus as well as plenty of sexual innuendo. VH1 ranked "Come on Eileen" as the No. 1 one-hit wonder song of the 1980s. The song peaks when the brilliantly swaying bridge quickens into a final rousing chorus. 98 of 100 Earth, Wind & Fire With the Emotions: 'Boogie Wonderland' (1979) Columbia The sound is celebratory, but there is a dark undercurrent to Earth, Wind, & Fire's lyrics in "Boogie Wonderland." This disco classic is a great example of the funkier edge of the genre. "Boogie Wonderland" will keep the floor moving at any party, using retro disco sounds. 97 of 100 Lesley Gore: 'It's My Party' (1963) David Redfern/Redferns 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 No. 1 hit on both the pop and R&B charts. 96 of 100 Kool & the Gang: 'Celebration' (1980) James Kriegsmann/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images What do you want to celebrate? A wedding? An anniversary? A birthday? A sports championship? The ending of the Iran hostage crisis? "Celebration" 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 No. 1 pop hit when first released and has not left the public consciousness since. 95 of 100 Usher: 'DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love' (2010) 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 in "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love." Lose yourself in the atmosphere of the club and the tug of romance. 94 of 100 Commodores: 'Brick House' (1977) GAB Archive/Redferns Many music fans would be surprised to learn that the words of appreciation of female anatomy ("Brick House") originate with a woman, Shirley Hanna-King, wife of the Commodores' William King. The song went clear to the pop top 5. Its unapologetically funky instrumental track has kept it a party classic since its release. 93 of 100 Miley Cyrus: 'Party in the U.S.A.' (2009) Hollywood Records 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. 92 of 100 Rednex: 'Cotton Eye Joe' (1995) 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 U.S. South. Today "Cotton Eye Joe" remains popular as a line dance and special event pick. 91 of 100 Kenny Loggins: 'Footloose' (1984) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Few pop hits are so successful at moving listeners to get up and dance along. "Footloose" was the No. 1 smash from the movie of the same name. The song manages to cut a swath across genres from rock to country, appealing to a wide audience. 90 of 100 Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: 'Old Time Rock and Roll' (1983) Capitol "Old Time Rock and Roll" is the soundtrack to the moment that made Tom Cruise a movie star in the film "Risky Business." It has been named one of the top jukebox songs of all time. Plenty of fun memories can be associated with the song, which makes it an outstanding choice for celebrations and special events. 89 of 100 Bay City Rollers: 'Saturday Night' (1975) Michael Putland/Getty Images The Bay City Rollers may not be well remembered today if it were not for their one massive U.S. pop hit, the No. 1 smash "Saturday Night" with its shouted chorus "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!" This was a golden moment of party bubblegum. 88 of 100 Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne: 'Down' (2009) Cash Money Records "Down" is the song that introduced Jay Sean to American pop audiences. The song encourages pure escapism. It was reportedly written in less than two hours and became an instant club and party classic on its way to No. 1 on the pop charts. 87 of 100 Cyndi Lauper: 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun' (1983) Chris Walter/WireImage "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" has the rare distinction of being a female empowerment anthem written by a male songwriter, Robert Hazard. It also works well as a celebration song, accentuated by the party of wall-to-wall people depicted in the video. This was Cyndi Lauper's debut solo single, and it went all the way to No. 2 on the pop singles chart. 86 of 100 Pitbull: 'Hotel Room Service' (2009) Sony Pitbull's "Hotel Room Service" samples two hits, the hip-hop pioneering "Rappers Delight" by the Sugarhill Gang and house classic "Push the Feeling On" by the Nightcrawlers. It's all about a party at the hotel, with a big helping of sexual seduction. 85 of 100 Blackstreet: 'No Diggity' (1996) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic Teddy Riley's masterpiece, the slowly swaying "No Diggity" was a No. 1 smash pop hit. It features rapping and production from Dr. Dre and is a sly, sexy addition to any party soundtrack. 84 of 100 Lionel Richie: 'All Night Long (All Night)' (1983) Paul Natkin/Getty Images The big No. 1 pop hit "All Night Long" from Lionel Richie has proven to be a durable favorite for parties. It incorporates Jamaican and Caribbean elements for an international flair. The song has been performed at disparate events: the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics and at the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize concert. 83 of 100 John Travolta: 'Greased Lightnin'' (1978) RSO Forever remembered as the song from the movie "Grease" that has bad language, "Greased Lightnin'" is also a rousing party singalong. For parties or dances built around a '50s theme or "Grease" itself, this is sure to be a highlight of the night. Unlike some of the other pop hits from the film, "Greased Lightnin'" did originate with the Broadway musical version of "Grease." 82 of 100 Wild Cherry: 'Play That Funky Music' (1976) Epic As the story goes, "Play That Funky Music" originated from the unsolicited advice the band received while they played mostly rock music in bars. An audience member said, "Play some funky music, white boy." The band went into the studio and did just that, creating a 2 million–selling No. 1 pop and R&B smash. The song is durable and is heard frequently as a party anthem. 81 of 100 Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce: 'Telephone' (2010) Interscope Lady Gaga and Beyonce join forces on "Telephone." The accompanying music video is as celebrated as the song. Lyrically, "Telephone" is about being harassed by phone calls while trying to enjoy being at a club, but Lady Gaga says in a broader sense it is about feeling suffocated by requests to work harder and harder. 80 of 100 Bryan Adams: 'Summer of '69' (1985) LGI Stock/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images There is some controversy among the principal songwriters of "Summer of '69" as to exactly what the title refers to. Bryan Adams was only 9 years old in 1969 and claims it is a sexual metaphor. His songwriting partner Jim Vallance disagrees, seeing other possible inspirations, such as the film "Summer of '42." Regardless of the origin, it was a top 5 pop hit and is looked at fondly by a wide range of music fans. 79 of 100 Kid Rock: 'All Summer Long' (2008) Atlantic Records "All Summer Long," a nostalgic journey of a song, appeals to all types of music fans, from rock to adult pop to country. It is catchy enough for young audiences while guaranteed to please fans of the classic songs "Werewolves of London" and "Sweet Home Alabama," both referenced in the recording. "All Summer Long" was a significant pop hit around the world. 78 of 100 Vanilla Ice: 'Ice Ice Baby' (1990) Mick Hutson/Redferns "Ice Ice Baby," the "Under Pressure"–sampling No. 1 smash from Vanilla Ice, is easily derided, but it remains a key record for breaking hip-hop into the U.S. pop charts. It is also likely to raise a smile and a laugh at any party. Keep this one handy when you need a chortle and fond memories from revelers of a certain age. 77 of 100 Sisqo: 'Thong Song' (2000) Tim Roney/Getty Images R&B singer Sisqo found a permanent place on party soundtracks with this appreciation of female anatomy and the accessory of a thong. The frenetic concoction was a top 15 pop hit. 76 of 100 Doobie Brothers: 'Long Train Runnin'' (1973) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The Doobie Brothers played "Long Train Runnin'" in various forms for three years before recording it. Armed with a massive guitar riff and rhythm track that foreshadowed the coming of disco, it remains a great retro '70s party song. 75 of 100 The Trammps: 'Disco Inferno' (1977) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images Gaining its greatest success through its inclusion on the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack, "Disco Inferno" takes its cue also from the hit movie "The Towering Inferno." The song describes a party so hot it is literally going up in flames. 74 of 100 Digital Underground: 'The Humpty Dance' (1990) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic "The Humpty Dance" is sung by Humpty Hump, the alter ego of Digital Underground member Shock G, where he proudly describes some of his sexual exploits. The hip-hop and funk blend is a party classic. The song includes a variety of samples from other songs, and in turn it has been sampled widely in more recent music. "The Humpty Dance" was a No. 11 pop and No. 1 rap hit for Digital Underground. 73 of 100 Reel 2 Real Featuring the Mad Stuntman: 'I Like to Move It' (1994) Strictly Rhythm Fueled by ragga vocals from Trinidad and Tobago artist the Mad Stuntman, "I Like to Move It" has been a favorite for breaks in sports events. It was a top 5 pop hit in the United Kingdom and a top 10 dance hit in the United States. The song was featured prominently in the animated film "Madagascar." 72 of 100 Sir Mix-A-Lot: 'Baby Got Back' (1992) Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images As the song says, there are women with big butts, and there are men who appreciate them. MTV's initial ban of the accompanying video only helped the song gain public attention. The song went clear to No. 1 on the pop singles chart and won a Grammy Award. It also spawned a string of songs appreciating this aspect of female anatomy and has been a party classic for decades. 71 of 100 Rick Springfield: 'Jessie's Girl' (1981) Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images "Jessie's Girl" helped turn soap opera actor Rick Springfield into a pop star. It went to No. 1 on the pop singles chart and clearly displays romantic angst. Decades years later it remains a singalong party classic revived recently as a top hit from the TV show "Glee." 70 of 100 Danny and the Juniors: 'At the Hop' (1957) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images High school dances in the 1950s were often referred to as "the hop." This song was originally called "Do the Bop," but, after hearing it, "American Bandstand"'s Dick Clark suggested the name change. The song stayed at No. 1 for five weeks. It regained popularity after being performed by Sha Na Na at Woodstock in 1969 and then being included on the soundtrack to the movie "American Graffiti" in 1973. 69 of 100 The Bangles: 'Walk Like an Egyptian' (1986) Columbia Unfortunately for the Bangles, one of their least favorite of their recordings is one of their most memorable. The ultra-catchy "Walk Like an Egyptian" landed at No. 1 on the pop singles chart for four weeks. It has just enough novelty and a call for physical involvement that it makes an enduring party song. 68 of 100 De La Soul: 'Me, Myself and I' (1989) Tommy Boy "Me, Myself and I," an unlikely combination of hip-hop, jazz, and a trippy attitude, remains a party classic decades years later. De La Soul's debut album, "3 Feet High and Rising" is seen today as a pop and hip-hop landmark. 67 of 100 Destiny's Child: 'Jumpin' Jumpin'' (2000) Columbia Destiny's Child invite you to party with them at a club. Can you resist? This song, urgently depicting the party atmosphere, went to No. 3 on the pop singles chart. 66 of 100 David Guetta Featuring Akon: 'Sexy Chick' (2009) Dave Hogan - MTV/Getty Images Originally recorded as "Sexy B**ch," this song became an instant party go-to. Toss together admiration of the female anatomy with a driving, club-ready beat, and you have instant party fun. In one of the two versions, the song went to No. 1 in at least 10 countries around the world. 65 of 100 Rihanna: 'Don't Stop the Music' (2007) Island Def Jam "Don't Stop the Music" may be steeped in retro disco, but Rihanna created a stomping party jam with this hit. Vocal patterns lifted from Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" are swirled in to further heat up the mix. This tune is sure to generate a peak dance moment at any party. 64 of 100 House of Pain: 'Jump Around' (1992) Catherine McGann/Getty Images In case you ever wondered about the source of that squeal that so effectively ups the intensity of "Jump Around," it is a saxophone sample from "Shoot Your Shot" by Jr. Walker and the All-Stars. House of Pain's hip-hop hit is a favorite for generating energy and encouraging everyone to, well, "jump around." 63 of 100 Jay-Z Featuring Amil of Major Coinz and Ja: 'Can I Get A...' (1998) Johnny Nunez/WireImage The chorus originally was, "Can I get a f**k you," but then was changed to "Can I get a...what what" for mainstream radio. This song helped make Ja Rule a star. You will likely find yourself singing along to the infectious chorus. 62 of 100 Garth Brooks: "Friends in Low Places' (1990) Capitol The song may not be socially acceptable in some quarters due to its support of drinking one's troubles away, but it is very difficult to avoid singing along with it. This was Garth Brooks' third No. 1 country hit and the first from his 17-times platinum album "No Fences." It also went to the pop top 40 in the United Kingdom. 61 of 100 Marcia Griffiths: 'Electric Boogie' (remix, 1989) Island Records This bit of island style electro-pop inspired the popular "electric slide" line dance. You can still see it being enjoyed at wedding receptions everywhere. The dance instructions themselves have been subject to a copyright conflict, but that doesn't stop fans from enjoying the "Electric Boogie." 60 of 100 Ce Ce Peniston: 'Finally' (1991) A&M Ce Ce Peniston scored a top 5 smash hit with debut single "Finally." It is an upbeat, celebratory song about love. The infectious dance beat underscores its effectiveness as a great party song. 59 of 100 Shop Boyz: 'Party Like a Rockstar' (2007) Republic Atlanta-based hip-hop group Shop Boyz mashed hard rock and hip-hop together for the big hit debut single "Party Like a Rockstar." The song went to No. 2 on the pop singles chart while referencing a wide range of mainstream rock figures. 58 of 100 Dead or Alive: 'You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)' (1985) Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images New wave/disco hit "You Spin Me Round" has proven one of the most durable dance songs of the 1980s. It includes strings based on Richard Wagner's classical piece "Ride Of the Valkyries." The song was introduced to a new generation of fans by Adam Sandler in the "Wedding Singer." It became the inspiration for Flo Rida's No. 1 hit "Right Round," and the inclusion of Dead or Alive's lead singer, Pete Burns, on "Celebrity Big Brother" brought the song back to the pop top 5 in the United Kingdom in 2006. 57 of 100 Jennifer Lopez Featuring Pitbull: 'On the Floor' (2011) Island Def Jam Jennifer Lopez joins forces with RedOne and Pitbull for "On the Floor," which sparked a major comeback for her. Lopez invites you to the floor as your party director. 56 of 100 Elvis Presley: 'Jailhouse Rock' (1957) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images This Elvis Presley classic details a party in the jailhouse cellblock. It was performed in the movie of the same name with a celebrated dance sequence. "Jailhouse Rock" spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the pop singles chart and also topped the R&B and country charts. 55 of 100 KC and the Sunshine Band: 'Get Down Tonight' (1975) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images KC and the Sunshine Band introduced a horn-spiked variety of disco to the pop charts with "Get Down Tonight," a No. 1 pop hit. It also includes a distinctive double-speed guitar solo, creating the run that opens the song. Use the song for a retro moment in the party to, as the song says, encourage dancing and making love. 54 of 100 Bee Gees: 'Stayin' Alive' (1977) Ed Caraeff/Getty Images Used in the opening credits sequence of the movie "Saturday Night Fever," "Stayin' Alive" has forever been identified as a theme song for disco. That also means it is a very durable dance and party hit. The appeal of "Stayin' Alive" seems to fluctuate somewhat with the fortunes of disco and dance music with pop audiences. 53 of 100 Rose Royce: 'Car Wash' (1976) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The distinctive handclap intro of "Car Wash" has been widely sampled in other R&B and hip-hop songs. Former Motown producer and songwriter Norman Whitfield was commissioned to write the title song for the movie "Car Wash." Reportedly, inspiration came suddenly, and his ideas were handwritten on a wrapper for fried chicken. This funk-disco classic went to No. 1 on the pop chart and sold 2 million copies. 52 of 100 C&C Music Factory: 'Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)' (1990) Columbia Huge diva vocals from Martha Wash issue the instruction here, "Everybody dance now!" Throw in a strong rap from Freedom Williams and this was an instant club and party perennial. It reached No. 1 on the pop singles chart. 51 of 100 Billy Idol: 'Dancing With Myself' (1981) Chris Walter/WireImage "Dancing With Myself" was originally recorded by Billy Idol with his group Generation X. However, he re-recorded it in a slightly more pop vein as a solo artist. The guitar solo is played by Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols. Some believe the song is about masturbation, but Billy Idol has confirmed it is literally about dancing on your own. Either way it is a party and sports event staple. 50 of 100 Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain: 'Low' (2007) Atlantic Records The fusion of hip-hop and pop in Flo Rida's smash debut hit, "Low," 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. 49 of 100 Violent Femmes: 'Blister in the Sun' (1983) Clayton Call/Redferns 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 lyrics, but that doesn't stop it from being a party favorite and an alternative rock classic. 48 of 100 Young MC: 'Bust a Move' (1989) Island Records The Grammy Award–winning top 10 pop hit "Bust a Move" helped introduce mainstream pop audiences to hip-hop. In another crossover 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." 47 of 100 Tone Loc: 'Wild Thing' (1988) Delicious Vinyl Breakthrough hit "Wild Thing" by rapper Tone Loc is built around a euphemism for sex. It went to No. 2 on the pop singles chart. "Wild Thing" includes an uncredited Van Halen sample from the song "Jamie's Cryin'." 46 of 100 Miami Sound Machine: 'Conga' (1985) Epic "Conga" brought Cuban rhythm structures to the U.S. pop charts in a celebration of dance and life. It landed at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Miami Sound Machine and their lead vocalist, Gloria Estefan, pop stars. The song singlehandedly brought conga lines back to prominence at party celebrations of all kinds. 45 of 100 Ciara: '1, 2 Step' (2004) LaFace Although the instrumental track "Step" sounds futuristic, it is rooted in 1980s electro. The song was Ciara's second consecutive platinum single kicking off her career. Her invitation may be just what is needed to get everyone on the dance floor. 44 of 100 Lipps, Inc.: 'Funkytown' (1980) Casablanca "Funkytown" was one of the last major hits of the peak years of disco. It went to No. 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. 43 of 100 Alicia Bridges: 'I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round)' (1978) Universal Alicia Bridges' disco hit has an elegant, sophisticated sound that fits the nightlife theme perfectly. Following its original No. 5 pop chart peak, the song has been given a boost twice from films. First, was included in a key dance scene for the 1979 hit movie "Love at First Bite." Then, 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. 42 of 100 Van Morrison: 'Brown Eyed Girl' (1967) GAB Archive/Redferns Van Morrison's first solo hit single reached only No. 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. 41 of 100 The Champs: 'Tequila' (1958) Goldenlane "Tequila" was a chart-topping party tune 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." 40 of 100 David Bowie: 'Let's Dance' (1983) EMI "Let's Dance" is David Bowie's only song to hit No. 1 in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It gains its funk/disco beat from producer Nile Rodgers of the disco band Chic. There is a celebratory, party tone to the invitation to dance, but something darker lurks in portions of the song's lyrics. 39 of 100 Big and Rich: 'Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)' (2004) Warner Bros. Few songs successfully integrate elements of country, rock, and rap, but that is exactly what Big and Rich did with "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)," which brought them to the attention of a wide range of audiences. The song's reputation began to build as it was used in a variety of commercials and sports event soundtracks. Now it is a "go to" choice for a rousing special event singalong. 38 of 100 Los del Rio: 'Macarena' (1995) Evan Agostini/Liaison/Getty Images "Macarena," one of the biggest pop music dance crazes of all time, originated with a recording by a local Spanish duo. It was brought to the United States by RCA, and eventually, the song's dance steps caught on. "Macarena" then spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. pop singles chart. For more than a year this was one of the most popular special event songs in the United States. It still works well as a charming party song encouraging everyone to join in on the simple dance. 37 of 100 Nelly Featuring City Spud: 'Ride Wit Me' (2001) Universal Nelly's third hit single was his biggest yet, going all the way to No. 3. "Ride Wit Me" features Nelly's half-brother City Spud. The laid-back, pop-influenced melody helped make this a crowd-pleasing party hit. 36 of 100 Chic: 'Le Freak' (1978) Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images "Le Freak" was one of the biggest of all disco hits on the pop charts. It hit No. 1 and sold approximately 4 million copies. The song was originally titled "F**k Off" in response to the band's members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards being shut out of disco club Studio 54. 35 of 100 Brooks and Dunn: 'Boot Scootin' Boogie' (1992) Tim Mosenfelder/ImageDirect/Getty Images "Boot Scootin' Boogie" was originally recorded by the band Asleep at the Wheel, but it is the Brooks and Dunn version that helped kick off a line dance frenzy that has continued to this day. The song crossed over to pop audiences as well and is a special event favorite. 34 of 100 UB40: 'Red Red Wine' (1988) Michael Putland/Getty Images Originally written and recorded by Neil Diamond, "Red Red Wine" didn't become a pop and party classic until recorded by the reggae band UB40. It is an ode to red wine's power to help one forget the romantic pain of lost love. The song itself is perfect for a lilting reggae dance and singalong. 33 of 100 'Chicken Dance' Planet Music Reportedly, the "Chicken Dance" dates back to the 1950s. Today it is ubiquitous at weddings and anniversary celebrations. The dance has been popular in the United States since at least the 1980s. A version titled "The Birdie Song" by The Tweets hit No. 2 on the pop charts in the United Kingdom in 1981. Motley Crue's Vince Neil served as the grand marshal of the world's largest chicken dance at the Cincinnati Oktoberfest in 2004. 32 of 100 Sly and the Family Stone: 'Dance to the Music' (1968) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images There is clearly a party going on here. The song that launched Sly and the Family Stone into mainstream pop consciousness is still a potent party track. They will not be satisfied until you get up and "Dance to the Music." 31 of 100 The Troggs: 'Wild Thing' (1966) Nayco Entertainment Written by American songwriter Chip Taylor and recorded by UK rock group the Troggs, "Wild Thing" became a No. 1 smash pop hit. It was a predecessor to both garage rock and punk. The sexy, flirtatious, slightly leering lyrics made it a popular party singalong as well. 30 of 100 The Surfaris: 'Wipe Out' (1963) GAB Archive/Redferns Surf guitar is clearly present, but it is the drum track on the instrumental classic "Wipe Out" that is the most memorable. The Surfaris went clear to No. 2 with the initial release of the song only to return to No. 16 just three years later in 1966. "Wipe Out" has been featured in more than 20 movies and TV series. 29 of 100 OutKast: 'Hey Ya!' (2003) LaFace Records 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 No. 1, and the song reaches a clear peak as Andre 3000 encourages the ladies to "shake it like a Polaroid picture." 28 of 100 Village People: 'YMCA' (1978) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images 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 singalong, but that is what happened to the Village People's hit single "YMCA." Whether it's a break at a sports event or a peak moment of a wedding reception, you are likely to see people of all ages raising their arms to spell out the letters Y-M-C-A as they join the group's chorus. 27 of 100 Tommy James and the Shondells: 'Mony Mony' (1968) GAB Archive/Redferns 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 No. 3 on the pop singles chart, but Billy Idol's 1987 live version went all the way to No. 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. 26 of 100 Deee-Lite: 'Groove Is in the Heart' (1990) Elektra Deee-Lite had only one major pop hit, but "Groove Is in the Heart is a monster. It went to No. 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. 25 of 100 Ke$ha: 'Tik Tok' (2009) RCA The success of "Tik Tok" was as much of a surprise for Ke$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. 24 of 100 Daddy Yankee: 'Rompe' (2005) John Parra/WireImage "Rompe" brought reggaeton to the mainstream party soundtrack. Puerto Rican artist Daddy Yankee climbed into the top 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 with this hit. The song is used frequently as walk-up music by major league baseball athletes. 23 of 100 Tag Team: 'Whoomp! (There It Is)' (1993) Life Records The origin of the line, "Whoomp! There it is!" is reportedly from performing strippers. The song was later used frequently at sports events to announce scoring successes. The song reached No. 2 on the pop singles chart and sold more than 4 million copies. 22 of 100 Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O'Donis: 'Just Dance' (2008) Interscope Lady Gaga's first hit, "Just Dance," is still her best party song. In a nutshell it's all about what it feels like to have a few too many and lose yourself to the music and the atmosphere. You have no choice but to "just dance." 21 of 100 Nelly: 'Hot in Herre' (2002) Universal Take a straightforward pop-friendly hip-hop mix, add a chorus about getting naked in the club, and out comes an instant party classic. "Hot in Herre" was Nelly's first No. 1 pop hit. 20 of 100 Quad City DJs: 'C'mon Ride It (the Train)' (1996) Quadrasound Never mind that the spaceship in the video looks like a massive sex toy; that party looks like a lot of fun. This Quad City DJs hit remains a durable favorite. The annual Village Voice survey of music critics named this the top single of 1996. 19 of 100 Timbaland Featuring Keri Hilson: 'The Way I Are' (2007) Interscope Featuring Keri Hilson and rapper D.O.E., "The Way I Are," spotlights a role reversal in romantic negotiations between men and women. The song went to No. 3 on the pop singles chart in the United States and top 10 around the world. 18 of 100 Prince: '1999' (1983) Ron Wolfson/WireImage Prince put together the party song to end a millennium, and it was released 16 years ahead of time in 1983. There is a distinct air of apocalypse in the song, but Prince's best advice to cope with those fears is partying like it is "1999." 17 of 100 R. Kelly: 'Ignition (Remix)' (2002) Jive R. Kelly put together the perfect laid-back weekend party jam here. He cleverly announces that it is the remix of the song "Ignition," just in case you hadn't noticed. If you want to know what will happen when you party with R. Kelly, he lays it all out here. 16 of 100 Usher Featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris: 'Yeah' (2004) Atlantic Crunk and R&B collided magnificently on this hit. The basic melody is a simple repeated three-note structure underlying the repeated word "Yeah!" It has been a recognized party hit from its initial release. "Yeah!" spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on the pop singles chart. 15 of 100 Blondie: 'Heart of Glass' (1979) Brian Cooke/Redferns Punk and disco collided on this classic song. Blondie freely admit that disco was not a positive thing in the opinions of those in the circles they traveled in, and the song was recorded partly to annoy people. "Heart of Glass" became the group's first No. 1 pop hit. 14 of 100 ABBA: 'Dancing Queen' (1976) Michael Putland/Getty Images There are few parties more grand than a royal wedding. "Dancing Queen" debuted on Swedish television at an event honoring Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia the day before their wedding. The group also performed the song at the wedding reception. This became ABBA's only No. 1 in the United States and was a worldwide smash. 13 of 100 Rick James: 'Super Freak' (1981) Mark Weiss/WireImage "Super Freak," a tribute to a girl who is sexually adventurous, was put together by Rick James when he was looking for something with a bit of a new wave texture. What he came up with is a funk, pop, and new wave blend that remains a top party hit. MC Hammer sampled the bass line on his breakthrough smash song, "U Can't Touch This." 12 of 100 Beastie Boys: '(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party' (1987) Dave Hogan/Getty Images Originally, the Beastie Boys intended "Fight for Your Right" as a joke poking fun at mindless rock songs of the time. That point of view was enhanced by a hilarious music video. Despite the attempt at being ironic, the Beastie Boys became heroes to hordes of partying college students. The towering Rick Rubin production makes the song a party essential long after its initial release. 11 of 100 DJ Casper: 'Cha Cha Slide' (2000) Universal The "Cha Cha Slide" was originally created as part of an advertising campaign for Bally Fitness. However, this line dance quickly spread well beyond the boundaries of advertising. "Cha Cha Slide" went to the top of the UK pop chart in 2004. It is now a staple for weddings, major league baseball games, and any special event party in between. 10 of 100 Def Leppard: 'Pour Some Sugar on Me' (1988) Peter Still/Redferns Def Leppard admits that "Pour Some Sugar On Me" is a song about sex with enough veiling to make it safe for pop radio. The song was also influenced by the Archies' classic "Sugar, Sugar" with its repeated lines of, "Pour a little sugar." This song went clear to No. 2 on the pop singles chart in the United States with a heavier rock crunch than most mainstream pop. It has remained a signature song for Def Leppard and one likely to generate singalong hysteria in nearly any environment where it is played. 09 of 100 Right Said Fred: 'I'm Too Sexy' (1991) Charisma The Fairbrass brothers had a No. 1 hit in 28 different countries with humorous "I'm Too Sexy." It is a tongue-in-cheek depiction of male models. The easy, singalong chorus will encourage party revelers to show just how sexy they are. 08 of 100 Shakira Featuring Wyclef Jean: 'Hips Don't Lie' (2006) Epic "Hips Don't Lie" is a reworking of Wyclef Jean's 2004 song "Dance Like This." Shakira wrote new material for the song, and the result was the biggest pop hit of the year worldwide. The incorporation of salsa and cumbia elements adds to the world party feel of the track. 07 of 100 The Kingsmen: 'Louie Louie' (1963) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The Kingsmen still insist that there is nothing lewd or obscene in the indecipherably sung lyrics to their recording of "Louie Louie," but the rumors of the existence certainly created a powerful party reputation for the record. Being featured in the smash hit movie "Animal House" didn't hurt either. The obscenity rumors were so persistent they even spawned an FBI investigation. Even with the notoriety, "Louie Louie" is an all-time garage rock classic. 06 of 100 Neil Diamond: 'Sweet Caroline' (1969) Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The Boston Red Sox must be given a great deal of credit for turning this top 5 pop smash inspired by Caroline Kennedy into a party staple. It has been played at every Boston Red Sox home game since 2002 while spreading like wildfire to other sports events and weddings. The "hands touching hands" line induces goosebumps in plenty of listeners. 05 of 100 Mary J. Blige: 'Family Affair' (2001) MCA "Family Affair" originated in a studio jam session led by Dr. Dre. Mary J. Blige heard the song and added lyrics and a melody line. The final result was produced by Dr. Dre. "Family Affair" helped bring the concept of crunk party music into the pop mainstream. The song spent six weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. 04 of 100 Black Eyed Peas: 'I Gotta Feeling' (2009) Interscope The Black Eyed Peas hooked up with dance music producer David Guetta and out came one of the biggest pop hit singles of all time. "I Gotta Feeling" spent 14 weeks at No. 1. This is the song to sing while getting ready for a great night out. 03 of 100 B-52's: 'Love Shack' (1989) Ebet Roberts/Redferns Just try and watch the music video for "Love Shack" and not wish you were at that party. "Love Shack" helped turn the B-52's from the self-described, "tacky little dance band from Athens, GA," into arguably the world's top party band. Reportedly, Kate Pierson of the band lived in the 1970s in the house that inspired the song. It did indeed have a tin roof and was the place the band conceived their first widespread hit "Rock Lobster." 02 of 100 AC/DC: 'You Shook Me All Night Long' (1980) Fin Costello/Redferns AC/DC broke the mold for rock party anthems on "You Shook Me." An earth-shaking riff, plus Brian Johnson's tortured vocals in his first effort with the band, and plenty of implied sexual activity keep this a classic after decades. 01 of 100 Pink: 'Get the Party Started' (2001) LaFace "Get the Party Started" emerged out of producer and singer-songwriter Linda Perry's experiments while learning to program a drum machine. The song turned into a smash hit, and it remains timeless as a song to, indeed, use to "get this party started."