My wife played the S Club 7 classic S Club Party the other day and I got to thinking about all the great songs that help us party. There are some classics, like the Beastie Boys, and then there's the crap, like everything S Club 7 ever did. This is out of character for this blog -- at least for the last 5 years -- but here are the 10 Best Party Songs of All Time -- meaning that I start with good party songs and then the list devolves into crap, finishing with a couple of tunes that make my ears bleed.
10. Fight For Your Right by the Beastie Boys 1987
The greatest party song of all time. It's 30 years old, but just as good as it was when I was 8 -- when I didn't really understand what was going on in the video.
9. Party Up by DMX
Is this the only song DMX ever sang, I mean rapped? About 15 years ago he was going to be the next big thing. Until he wasn't.
8. Party Like a Rock Star by Shop Boyz
This is the anthem for everyone who just got paid.
7. Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO 2011
I learned how to do this dance and got pretty good at it.
6. We Like to Party by Venga Boys 1999
Quick, name your favorite Dutch band! The Venga Boys! This was a college party staple in the late 1990s, along with the Venga Bus is Coming and We're Going to Ibiza. This is the song that made the Barbie Girl song possible -- or was it the other way around?
5. S Club Party by S Club 7 1999
Why? This is the country that gave us the Beatles, for Christ's sake!
4. Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus 2009
Admit it, you like this song.
3. Party All the Time by Eddie Murphy 1985
My 18 year old brother thinks of Eddie Murphy as a voice actor from the Shrek movies. He used to be so much more. This song came out at the height of his popularity. And then he stopped being funny. Coincidence?
2. Party Hard by Andrew W.K. 2001
This would have been the best party song ever -- if it came out in 1987. What were these thrashers still doing hanging around in the 21st Century?
1. Party All Night by Yo Yo Honey Singh
I found this while "researching" party songs (I did a single Google search). And this is why Bollywood hasn't caught on in America.
Wow, you made it to the end? Good for you! Just a note: I wanted to include the Prince Classic 1999, but I couldn't find the video on Youtube, only a crappy karaoke version. What's up with that Prince?