Top 10 Party Songs
Everyone's definition of "party" is a little different, but there are some party songs that always seem to bring people together when they're turned up to neighbor-irritating volume levels. We've complied a list of the Top 10 Party Songs. There's not a ballad to be found on the list, but one song alludes to a more intimate kind of party.
Classic songs by Garth Brooks and Alabama made the list, as did anthems from current partiers Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley. But one of these singers could have what could be the greatest party song of all time. As always, feel free to point out any party songs you think we should have included on this list in the comments section.
Our list of the Top 10 Party Songs begins with a relatively easy-rocking song from country legends Alabama. While this song was never released as a single, it became a crowd favorite at live shows nationwide. It can still be heard in honky tonks or shag dancing halls across America.
One "private" party song is appropriate for our list of party songs, but we promise not to get mushy after this. Shania Twain did this duet with both Billy Currington and Mark McGrath. Of course, the Currington version was much more convincing.
Alan Jackson could release an entire party songs album. He's recorded enough tunes to keep a deejay busy until well after bar close, but this 2003 hit with Jimmy Buffett is arguably his best. It certainly is his most popular, as country stations across America still play the song with regularity. Jackson gives us an excuse to begin the party a little earlier than tradition would call for.
Jason Aldean's chorus on this title track from his 2010 album isn't so much a singalong as it is a screamalong: "And I’ll find peace / At the bottom of a real tall cold drink / I'm chillin' to some Skynyrd and some old Hank / Let's get this thing started / It’s my kinda party." It's the type of song that raises the energy in a room from the very first note -- an obvious choice for this list of the Top 10 Party Songs.
"Party Crowd" is the first selection on this list of party songs to have been released as a cassette single. David Lee Murphy's 1995 hit still sounds fine turned up to 12 on the stereo. It's got such a loud and memorable chorus that it's easy to forget this song is actually about a guy who's just suffered a breakup.
The title track to Gretchen Wilson's debut album is almost as well-known as "Redneck Woman," the song that made her a star in 2004. "Here for the Party" has become a staple at sporting events nationwide. It begins with a hard-rocking guitar and only lets up for a silent second before the last chorus. There's no doubt that Wilson and the Muzik Mafia knows how to party.
No list of party songs would be complete without Big and Rich's most popular hit song. "Save a Horse" became an instant honky tonk smash because of its wild and noisy guitar riffs and lyrics, but also because it's really easy for men with two left feet to dance to. It doesn't take much to throw an arm up and bob the head to this one. And when the time comes, we all shout out, "Save a horse / Ride a cowboy!"
One could make a strong argument for other Garth Brooks songs to be included on this list. There's also a strong argument that "Friends in Low Places" is the best party song of all time. At one time it may have been, but Brooks' semi-retirement allowed a new generation of partiers to forget about this classic. It's still a great singalong track. Who hasn't found themselves locked arm-in-arm with a complete stranger, sloshing the words back and forth as the song fades away?
Paisley has used this song to close his shows for the past few summers. At one point, he said it was his favorite song that he's wrote, and he truly takes enjoyment in watching his drunk fans make fools of themselves as they sing it back to him. The irony is the singer doesn't drink. He never has. At his worst, he'll puff a cigar and swig a Yoo-Hoo -- but the great chorus that closes this track makes it an ultimate party song.
Hank Williams Jr. has earned the No. 1 spot on our list of the Top 10 Party Songs. "Do you wanna drink / Do you wanna party," he asks throughout the song. "Yes, please," we answer. The song was a little overplayed on Monday Night Football, but still feels right kicking off just about any party, barbecue or crazy day at the beach.