The 100 best party songs ever made

House party, BBQ, wedding party or just a bedroom disco, we have all the best party songs you need to get the place moving

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“Got to Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye

A boisterous, presumably bell-bottomed crowd, gyrating on the dance floor of your imagination, can be heard high in the mix. Take their whoops as your cue: Marvin Gaye supplies the cool falsetto and someone can be heard rocking the cowbell, but the prime directive here is to dance. When Paul Thomas Anderson needed a backdrop for Dirk Diggler’s glory days in Boogie Nights, this is what he chose.—Joshua Rothkopf

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“Treasure” by Bruno Mars

We’re the first to admit that when a song borrows heavily from great hits of the past, it’s usually not as good as its forebears. But “Treasure” by Bruno Mars is an absolute gem in and of itself, a joyful amalgam of the best of disco-era MJ with something quintessentially Bruno Mars. No wonder it’s one of the big hits of summer 2013. Top marks for the deliciously retro video, too.—Sophie Harris

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"Happy” by Pharrell

Know what’s so great about this song? The fact that it’s dedicated to simply being happy—it’s not about finding bliss because of a specific reason—though, hey, if you just got the job, kissed the girl, canoed the Hudson, whatever, then that’s awesome. Pharrell is celebrating joy for the sake of joy on this 2013 global chartbuster. “Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth,” he croons in a way that makes doing anything else seem completely ridiculous. So go ahead. Shake what you got. Turn that frown upside down. And relish every delicious move you make on the dance floor.—Sophie Harris

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97

“Latch” by Disclosure

Howard and Guy Lawrence, the two young brothers that make up U.K. dance phenom Disclosure, originally surmised that their 2012 single "Latch" was too odd to find mainstream success. Pairing their infectious, garage-infused house with Sam Smith's velvety croon, "Latch" eventually spent more than 40 weeks on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and hit more than 1 million downloads in the states, prompting Guy to tell Billboard that the tune is "just a strange song that people like." If you ask us, pop music has always benefited from a little dose of weird. So thanks, Disclosure, for making something a bit different (and sorry to anyone that's been nearby when we've attempted to hit those high notes).—Kristen Zwicker

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“Rock the Casbah” by the Clash

This funky hit from the Clash’s Combat Rock LP was an anomaly—honestly, the erstwhile punk godfathers had pumped out an even more propulsive bassline for “The Magnificent Seven” on its previous album, Sandinista!… only nobody heard that sprawling three-LP farrago, whereas “Rock the Casbah,” with its whiff of topical exotica, was inescapable thanks to MTV.—Steve Smith

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95

“Super Freak” by Rick James

What is a party if not an excuse to unleash your inner freak? Rick James’s 1981 hit won’t just get people on the dance floor; it will have them bouncing off the walls. With one of the catchiest basslines of all time, an irresistible vocal hook (“She’s a very freaky girl”) and killer backup vocals from the Temptations, “Super Freak” will have the entire party on the ground trying to break-dance in no time.—Derek Schwartz

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94

“All Night Long” by Lionel Richie

“Tam bo li de say de moi ya!” Do you know what that means? Of course not! Will that stop you from singing along and following up with a joyous “Hey jambo jumbo!” in the middle-eight section of this ecstatic party anthem? Oh hell no! The Commodores singer with the voice as smooth as an eel in oil released “All Night Long” in 1983, and it still sounds perfectly crisp. And who cares what all the words mean? Watch Richie’s face light up in the video as he sings, “Fiesta, forever,” and you’ll know exactly what to do.—Sophie Harris

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“Rock Your Baby” by George McCrae

Behind every great song, a great story. In the case of this 1974 disco essential, legend has it that KC and the Sunshine Band approached young singer McRae (who was about to go back to college) and asked him to sing on a track with his wife because the high notes were too much for the KC crew. McRae’s wife couldn’t make the session, so George sang it on his own, and “Rock Your Baby” went on to sell 11 million copies around the world—none of which you need to know to enjoy the whispered “sexy woman” at the beginning of the song, nor the drum-machine beats, nor those delicious high notes.—Sophie Harris

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“Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District

When the cha-cha slide and the cotton-eye Joe just weren’t cutting it anymore, Cali Swag District stepped up to the plate and gave the people exactly what they needed: a choreographed dance that wasn’t vomit-inducing. With its minimalist beat and oh-so-fly rhymes, “Teach Me How to Dougie” quickly became a staple of any successful dance party. Even if the Dougie was just a little too complicated for most people to master, that didn’t stop anybody from proudly screaming, “All my bitches love me / All my all my bitches love me,” and feeling like a player every time the chorus rolled around.—Derek Schwartz

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“Maneater” by Hall & Oates

A No. 1 hit in 1982 for the genre-bending Philadelphia “rock & soul” duo Hall & Oates, “Maneater” offers a warning against a predatory femme fatale, set against a vaguely new wave and faintly ominous landscape of saxophone, drums and synthesizer. (The music video features multiple shots of a jaguar on the prowl.) Put the song on a party mix and there’s a good chance that at least one lady in attendance will start vamping it up like a Catwoman on Halloween.—Adam Feldman

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gautam g
gautam g

Awful. Don't even bother going through the entire list.

michaelbovh
michaelbovh

There are many good songs currently topping the charts and there will always be newer greater songs, but as the article says, house parties, weddings ect, this playlist is awesome and should be compulsory for these type of parties, since you got to remember, you are playing for a broad audience. This list garrentees a dance response from your crowd.

Jill
Jill

I don't know WHAT these other reviewers are thinking! This is the greatest list ever.... I've been dancing around the house all night to it! Yeah -- it might be a tad nostalgic but these songs have stood the test of time folks! That's the mark of a true hit. Someday you'll have your moment in the sun... why not enjoy these classics instead of whining??

Oven
Oven

This really is awful. Maybe you should have said top 100 songs for a party full of 45 year olds with kids who will have "a glass of wine" because it's Friday! Might have to push the trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond back tomorrow morning!

Ash
Ash

This music is terrible...

richard
richard

and we danced by malcamore IF YOU HANT LISTENED TO IT YOU HAVE NOT LIVED LIFE

niger
niger

terrible playlist this is retarded if your going to put something out there like this put something good

Kiriakos
Kiriakos

that was some great songs

lex
lex

This wasn't at all what I was looking for... A little disappointed :|

doug
doug

This is so pathetic! TimeOut NY - seriously - you're in the new music center of the world! Did you rip this list off of a yahoo search or something?