Fire Up the Dance Floor: 55 Best Party Songs

by Anne B. Robinson

If you are planning your next party, you are probably in need of a killer party playlist that will have everyone dancing for hours on end. After all, music can make or break your special night. To help everything go smoothly, this article will introduce you to the 55 best party songs of all time that everyone will love. Read on!

Best Party Songs: Pop Edition

1. Happy by Pharrel Williams

There is no better way to kick off a party than with this pop chart-topper. Happy is one of the best-selling songs of all time, and it was originally written for the movie Despicable Me.

This hit will get everyone in the mood to dance, whether you are having a small get-together or a full-on party. It is also a great song to sing along to, with its easy lyrics and catchy beat.

2. Shake It Off by Taylor Swift

Ever since Swift released it in 2014, no party playlist has been complete without this banger. The beat in this song is irresistible, and everyone knows the lyrics by now. If you need a song to empower yourself and all your friends, look no further than this hit.

3. Last Friday Night by Katy Perry

Any of Perry’s five chart-topping hits from the 2010 blockbuster album Teenage Dream could have made this list containing the best party songs. However, none of them are as dance-inducing and fun as Last Friday Night.

The lyrics to this song are about a party gone so wild you cannot remember a single thing the day after. If that’s the kind of party you wish to throw, this hit will be a perfect fit on your playlist. And if your party also falls on a Friday night, well, that will be simply perfect.

4. Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

Let’s face it: every playlist with the best party songs has to have some good old Kelly Clarkson in it. This breakup banger cemented her among the best songwriters and performers on the pop-rock scene, and its popularity has only grown in the years following its release.

This song will be a perfect choice both if you are throwing a karaoke party and a night of non-stop dancing. And if you or one of your friends is going through a breakup at the time, the song will hit even harder.

5. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen

If you ask anyone about this song, they will say it is overplayed and that they are so over it. However, if you play it at a party, everyone will go absolutely crazy and sing along to every word.

Carly Rae Jepsen is a pop hit-making machine, and you can never go wrong with including her on your playlist. Call Me Maybe is just one of her songs that you can go for, and it might be the best choice simply because everyone knows it.

6. I Love It by Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX

I Love It is a song that simply has to be played at any party. Its beat is catchy and hard-hitting, and the lyrics are still included in Instagram captions everywhere, even a decade after the song’s release.

If you are looking for something that will make your guests dance, jump, scream, and fully let go, look no further. This song or one of its remixes is all you will need.

7. I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas

When The Black Eyed Peas released this anthem in 2009, life as everyone knew it ceased to exist. The tune topped charts all around the globe and became one of the most popular and best-selling songs of the 21st century.

Apart from being great to dance to, this song will get everyone to sing along and have a great time. No matter which genre of music your guests are most into, you cannot go wrong with a timeless classic such as I Gotta Feeling.

8. Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock

At one point in time, LMFAO was the most popular music group in the world. This popularity was mostly due to a few inescapable hits they released at the beginning of the 2010s, one of which was Party Rock Anthem.

To put things plainly, you simply cannot have a party without playing this song at least once throughout the night. There is something inexplicably addictive about it, and it will make your party one to remember for years to come.

9. Give Me Everything (Tonight) by Pitbull Feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack, & Nayer

Pitbull is another artist that you simply cannot overlook when creating your playlist with the best party songs. Though you can include any of his songs, none are as popular and as beloved as Give Me Everything.

From the very first note to the end of the song, this banger will have everyone dancing. And when that chorus hits, you’ll have a roomful of people screaming along to the lyrics at the top of their lungs.

10. Tik Tok by Kesha

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A hit about partying all night and not caring about the consequences, Tik Tok launched Kesha into stardom. The beat is infectious, and most people know the lyrics already, so you will not have a problem getting your crowd moving with this one. Turn it up loud, and enjoy the madness!

11. Don’t Stop the Music by Rihanna

Although Rihanna was already a household name in the music industry when this song first came out, it was what cemented her as one of the biggest hit-makers of the century.

This song samples Michael Jackson’s Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ which is what makes it an even better pop hit than it already is. Don’t Stop the Music will get everyone dancing, especially couples and those looking to meet someone and have a wild night of fun with a stranger.

12. Hey Ya! by Outkast

Few songs are as big crowd-pleasers as Hey Ya! This banger is one of the most popular party songs of all time, and you will have a hard time finding anyone who doesn’t know the lyrics or the iconic choreography. If you need something to get even the shyest of guests out on the dance floor, this song is the way to go.

13. Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera

As unlikely as this collaboration might seem, it spawned one of the best-selling songs released in recent history. Moves Like Jagger pays homage to the legendary Mick Jagger and his dance moves, which makes it a perfect song for a dance-off.

If you want everyone in the room to go wild for at least a few minutes, play them this song. They will not be able to stop moving to the beat from start to finish, and your party will become so much more memorable and fun.

14. Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

No list with the best party songs of all time is complete without at least one hit by Shakira. If you have to choose just one, always go with Hips Don’t Lie. It is arguably one of her biggest hits, and everyone will start dancing to it immediately.

15. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) by Beyonce

Single Ladies is another song with an iconic choreography that is widely known. As soon as that first drum hits, you’ll see all ladies (single or not) crowd on the dance floor and dance their hearts out. Some brave men might join in as well, making for a memorable moment.

16. Macarena by Los Del Rio

Back in 2002, this song was hailed as the greatest one-hit wonder of all time. Even so, it is a song that everyone will recognize, whether they are a teen or well into adulthood.

The greatest thing about this banger is the fact that it is paired off with an iconic dance routine that everyone has memorized. Your diverse crowd will become a single entity for at least four minutes as they go through the motions and dance their hearts out.

17. Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

There is something about the lyrics to this song that makes everyone go crazy as soon as it starts. No matter who the guests at your party are, they will cave and sing along to this infectious tune, especially the iconic bridge.

And honestly, there is nothing funnier than having an entire room spell out the word BANANAS over and over again.

18. Toxic by Britney Spears

No one does party hits as well as Britney. Toxic is one of her biggest and most recognizable hits, which is saying a lot since her entire discography is brimming with bangers everyone loves.

This song is a perfect option to play after the party has already been going on for a while and the crowd is starting to get tired. The beat will get them to move instantly and make them forget they ever felt fatigued in the first place.

19. Hung Up by Madonna

Madonna’s iconic album Confessions on a Dance Floor is filled with party hits for you to choose from. However, none are as popular as Hung Up. This mega-hit samples ABBA, which is yet another piece of proof that it is perfect for a playlist with the best party songs out there.

Hung Up will make everyone dance and sing along, as it is a party classic that no one will be able to resist.

20. SexyBack by Justin Timberlake

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As he promised, Justin Timberlake really did bring sexy back with this 2006 hit. The production and clever lyrics make the song a fan favorite even today, and it is an essential part of every good party playlist out there.

21. Bad Romance by Lady Gaga

No matter what kind of party you are throwing, you have to include Lady Gaga on your playlist. Though you have a plethora of hits to choose from, Bad Romance is the safest bet you can make.

This song has been included in countless best of all time lists, and with good reason. The pop banger is truly one of the best party songs ever released. Play it for your guests, and you will see why that is.

Best Party Songs: Dance/EDM Edition

22. We Found Love by Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris

The 2010s were a time when everyone liked experimenting and collaborating with DJs. However, no one saw as much success with it like Rihanna. We Found Love is just one of her big EDM hits, and it has become one of the most popular songs released in the current century.

Rihanna’s vocals make this song truly special, while the beat drop is the most memorable part of the tune. It will have everyone jumping and dancing, especially if you pair it up with some great disco lighting.

23. It Ain’t Me by Kygo & Selena Gomez

Though Gomez is not the best vocalist in the industry, her soft voice goes perfectly with this type of club banger. It Ain’t Me is a great party song because it mixes two characteristics every such song should have.

For one, it is impossible not to sing along to it, especially when the soaring chorus hits. Moreover, you simply can’t help but move your body when the beat drops, as it is so well-done and catchy.

24. Heartbreak Anthem by Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix

This trio of artists proves that great vocals, an irresistible beat, and innovative production is what you need to create a perfect dance hit. Heartbreak Anthem is one of the biggest EDM hits of 2020, and it revived the genre at a time when trap and rap are dominating.

This song is perfect for outdoor parties, especially by a pool or any type of beach. It will allow everyone who has just gotten out of a relationship to let that hurt go for at least a bit and enjoy themselves to the fullest.

25. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

When he produced Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson wanted to combine several genres into the usual EDM type of song structure. He did so flawlessly by incorporating bits of pop, soul, and funk to create a timeless classic.

Bruno Mars’ vocals elevate the song to unimaginable heights, proving that he was indeed the perfect choice for this hit.

Apart from the catchy lyrics, this song is followed by a great piece of choreography that has become a favorite of many. Turn it up at your party, and observe as everyone dances like no one is watching!

26. Latch by Disclosure ft. Sam Smith

Sam Smith’s vocals and the instrumental provided by Disclosure make this song a timeless party hit. It is great to dance and sing along to, and all your guests will love hearing it blast through the speakers.

27. Break Free by Ariana Grande ft. ZEDD

Grande wanted this song to feel and sound as futuristic as possible, and ZEDD obliged with his outstanding production skills. This breakup banger will get everyone out of their seats in no time, and once the chorus hits, no one will be able to stop singing.

28. Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ

Two extraordinary DJs collaborated to create one of the catchiest tunes of the 2010s. MØ’s vocals only make the song more memorable and hit-worthy.

This is an excellent song to dedicate to your friends and everyone who has stuck by you through thick and thin. Make sure they are around you as you play this banger and dance the night away.

29. Rockabye by Clean Bandit ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie

If you need something that will please pretty much every person attending your party, Rockabye is a perfect choice.

Lovers of pop will appreciate Anne-Marie’s vocals, EDM junkies will not be able to resist the beat, and fans of rap will find Sean Paul at his best in this song. Getting everyone to sing and dance will be a piece of cake with this 2016 hit!

30. Happier by Marsmello ft. Bastille

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Sometimes, moving on after a breakup can seem like the most difficult thing in the world. If you want to include a song that encapsulates that feeling perfectly but still makes people want to dance, Happier is the way to go.

Everyone will be moved by the lyrics as they dance to the beat, and getting over that special someone will seem just a little bit easier.

31. Get Lucky by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers

No Best Party Songs playlist can be complete without this timeless dance classic. Get Lucky is the most successful single off of Daft Punk’s album Random Access Memories. As such, it is everyone’s favorite dancing tune from the last decade.

32. Closer by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

Saying that this song was inescapable in the last few years would be the understatement of the century. However, people still enjoy hearing it, especially at parties.

The best thing about this EDM hit is how singable its pre-chorus is. Your guests won’t be able to help themselves. They will sing along to every word and have the time of their lives in the process.

Best Party Songs: Classics Edition

33. Livin On a Prayer by Bon Jovi

No true fan of old-school rock will pass up the opportunity to include this song on their party playlist. The bass and drums hit hard, and the lyrics are as iconic as they come. With this tune, no one will leave your party without having screamed along to at least one song.

34. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

This song is something everyone needs to hear at a party. Whether they are going through a breakup, a hard time, or are just looking for someone to love them, it will remind them that life is indeed worth living. Turn it up loud, and give everyone a chance to dance like no one’s watching.

35. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana

Though Smells Like Teen Spirit is not nearly Nirvana’s best song, it is a crowd-pleaser unlike any other. Just as the song advises you to, you should crank up the volume and let everyone enjoy themselves. Everyone is guaranteed to have the time of their lives for as long as this song is playing.

36. Beat It by Michael Jackson

When you’re thinking of a great party, you simply have to include some tunes by the King of Pop. Though there are many contenders, none hit as hard as Beat It. The guitar riff is out of this world, and Jackson’s vocal delivery is snappy and irresistible. If you want your guests to dance, playing this song is a must.

37. Another One Bites The Dust by Queen

Another One Bites the Dust is Queen’s best-selling single and one of the most beloved ones by critics and fans alike. It is perfect for parties as it is a song everyone can at least hum along if not full-on scream the lyrics.

The band’s bassist John Deacon wrote this banger and called it “a song made for dancing.” With that in mind, take this as your cue to add it to your party playlist right away. That way, you will make sure everyone dances. And if you would rather go for a more modern vocal, play a Queen + Adam Lambert version.

38. I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross

If you are looking for a song that will turn a tentative crowd into a wild one, this classic will do the job perfectly. It will transport everyone back to the golden era of disco, which is all you need to make your party a truly unforgettable one.

This song’s lyrics have made it an anthem to the LGBTQ+ community. Still, they can be relatable to anyone who wants to break free and be themselves fully.

39. I Wanna Be Your Lover by Prince

This funky masterpiece is full of sexy falsetto vocals and amazing guitars. It is perfect for disco-themed parties, and it will have everyone dancing in no time. The lyrics are sultry and singable. However, it is the melody that steals the show and makes this one of the best party songs of all time.

40. Modern Love by David Bowie

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Included in all lists with the best songs from the ‘80s, this jam has been a long-time favorite on all jukeboxes. Today, almost four decades after its release, it sounds just as fresh and exciting as it did back then. You’ll make everyone dance while you play it, even if they can’t sing along and match the highs that Bowie’s voice often does.

41. Twist and Shout by The Beatles

This song had already been released when The Beatles heard it and covered it. Despite that, they were the ones that made it the classic hit it is today.

Twist and Shout is a song you just have to scream along to. It is a perfect song to get a party started and keep it going until the wee hours of the night.

42. Like a Prayer by Madonna

No real party can be fully complete without some drama. And no one does drama better than the Queen of Pop herself. Like a Prayer is one of her most controversial hits.

However, all that controversy is what makes it an essential part of every Best Party Songs playlist. It will get people dancing and singing along. It will also help release all that pent-up energy everyone seems to be carrying around all the time.

43. Dancing On My Own by Robyn

Sometimes, you just need a song that reminds you that being single is not so bad after all. Even if your ex has got someone new and seems happier than ever, dancing on your own can be just as fulfilling.

If that is the message you want to send to your guests, putting Robyn’s classic on your playlist with the best party songs is the best way to do it.

44. Mr. Brightside by The Killers

There aren’t many songs in the world that are as fun to sing as Mr. Brightside. It gets even better if you’ve had a bit to drink and have absolutely no regard for how you sound or how loud you are being. That makes it one of the best party songs you can choose to play, no matter what the theme of the night is.

45. Take On Me by a-Ha

This synth-pop hit is something that every party needs. It is especially great for the end when everyone is tired and contemplating going home. It will get them right back on the dancefloor and keep the party going for at least a song or two more.

46. Dancing Queen by ABBA

ABBA’s discography has some of the best party songs of all time, but not all of them can make the cut. If you need one that will close a party the right way, Dancing Queen will do wonderfully.

Your audience will go crazy as soon as you play this hit. Whether they really are young, sweet, and only seventeen, this song will get everyone dancing.

47. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper

When it comes to partying, Lauper truly said it best. Sometimes, girls just want to have some fun and forget about their problems. That is why playing this song at your party will always be a fantastic idea. Crank up the speakers as loud as they will go, and watch as everyone goes wild.

Best Party Songs: Country Edition

48. Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood

Few songs will get the ladies going like this 2005 country banger. Though its lyrics aren’t exactly peaceful or something anyone would recommend trying in real life, the song can really wake up the badass in everyone. Turn it up, and get everyone to sing along!

49. Sure Be Cool If You Did by Blake Shelton

If you are a fan of country, then you know that no real party can go without at least one Blake Shelton song. This tune is a perfect song for couples to dance to. It is flirty, fun, and has a melody that is excellent for swaying around on a hot summer night.

50. You Belong With Me by Taylor Swift

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In her country days, Swift made some bangers that have become classics. This song is definitely one of them, with its relatable lyrics and hard-hitting drums and bass.

If you want your guests to jump around for three minutes without feeling the need to slow down, playing this song is the way to do it. And by the time that bridge hits, everyone will be screaming along to the lyrics as well.

51. That Don’t Impress Me Much by Shania Twain

Everyone knows someone who’s constantly showing off and making everyone around them seem small and insignificant. This song is a perfect response to such behavior, and it is a country-pop jam everyone knows and loves.

Shania’s voice fits into this style perfectly. Moreover, the melody is one you simply can’t get out of your head long after you hear it. That is what makes it one of the best party songs out there, at least in the country genre.

52. High Horse by Kacey Musgraves

For most people, the combination of disco and country seems a bit too experimental, if not impossible. However, Musgraves makes it work perfectly on this dazzling disco jam. Your guests will love the beat and dance to it from beginning to end, even if they don’t know the lyrics.

53. She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy by Kenny Chesney

At first glance, the title of this song will seem a bit ridiculous. However, if you look at the song through a metaphorical lens, you’ll see that it might not be talking about a tractor at all.

Whether they listen to the lyrics or not, this banger will get everyone moving. The guitars are irresistible, and Chesney’s voice transports you to another dimension with every note he hits.

54. Life Is a Highway by Rascal Flatts

This song is about going through life with a smile on your face no matter what it throws at you. That makes it a perfect choice for parties, especially if you can sing it with your friends and really let go of anything that might be troubling you.

55. Confetti by Gone West

As its name suggests, Confetti is a festive song through and through. The lyrics talk about finally being free after ending a toxic relationship or friendship. It is empowering in every way, and the catchy chorus makes it one of the best party songs you can pick to bring your gathering to a close.

If you also make sure some actual confetti falls on the crowd right as the song ends, you’ll create a moment no one will forget any time soon.

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