Top 10 Classic Rock Party Songs

Classic Rock Party Songs

Photo: Carlos Varela from São Paulo, Brazil [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Our Top 10 Classic Rock Party Songs list takes a look at the best Classic Rock Party Songs that bands turn to when it’s time to get a crowd on its feet. These are the Classic Rock Party songs that wedding bands, bar bands, concert bands keep in their pocket just in case a performances is not going as well as they hoped. These Classic Rock Rock Party songs will work 99 percent of the time to elevate a crowd to sheer pandemonium. It does not matter what age you are. If your were born in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s or 70’s all the way up to the modern day, these Classic Rock Party songs are guaranteed to rock the house until the break of dawn.

I spent many years performing in night club bands and wedding bands. Choosing the right material throughout the performance is a science. Once you got a crowd going, you don’t want them to stop. One song will never be enough. A band needs at least ten great classic rock party songs to play in a row until people start passing out on the floor. Once you got that happening , you know you have done your job. So, our list below is not just a list of the top 10 Classic Rock Party songs, it’s also in the order you should play them. That is key to keeping your party rocking hard without losing a single set of feet. We hope this helps you out. If there is any one who knows how to pick out a set of classic rock party songs, it’s a classic rock party band musician that can set you straight.

This top 10 list sticks to Classic Rock Party songs. There are other songs that light up parties like “Happy,” by Pharrell, “Good Times,” by Chic or “Let’s Get This Party Started,” by Pink for example. However, those songs are not typically classified as Classic Rock songs. This list sticks to the classic rock stuff because in the end, Classic Rock will always be the greatest way to get everyone on board.

# 10 – We’re Having A Party

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes’ anthem “We’re Having A Party,” is the perfect song to get the party started. The song’s opening bass line is such an invitation to get out of your seat, while the song’s opening vocal line will seal the deal.

# 9 – Louie Louie

The Kingsmens’s “Louie Louie,” is the perfect song to segue into from Southsides Johnny’s song. The groove to “Louie Louie,” is so classic, people will start screaming the second they hear the band begin to play it. (please tell me you hired an band, not a dj)

# 8 – Runaround Sue

If you want to get people singing along while they dance out of control, that opening line, “Hey Hey, hey whoa oh whoa oh,” will do the trick.  This great song was released by Dion in 1961. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It was big!

# 7 – Love Shack

While most of theses classic rock party songs come out of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s the B-52’s “Love Shack,” was released in 1989. It is probably the last great Classic Rock Party song ever released.

# 6 – Sweet Child of Mine

The sound of that opening guitar lick will always send your audience into a frenzy. There was not a night we spent in the 80’s playing clubs without hearing someone yell out “play some Guns N’ Roses.” It even came close to the Lynyrd Skynyrd “Free Bird,” chants that never seemed to go away.

# 5 – Brown Eyed Girl

The Van Morrison classic “Brown Eyed Girl,” song never fails to keep them dancing. The song was released in 1967 and remains one of the most popular classic rock songs of all time.

# 4 – 1999

Prince has written so many classic songs, but this one has always stood out to be his biggest party number. The song was written and released many years before the year 1999, but it became the party anthem at the turn of the century almost twenty years ago.

# 3 – Twist and Shout

This great Isley Brothers song has become a party staple for the past 50 years. The Beatles version retained the same party vibe that fueled The Isley Brothers original.

# 2 – Money Money

It seems that some of the best Classic Rock Party songs have had at least two great versions of the song recorded by different artists.  “Twist and Shout,” was defined by both The Beatles and The Isley Brothers. Tommy James and the Shondells had recorded what was thought of as the definite version. However, in the 1980s, Billy Idol delivered a version of “Mony Mony,” that was just as exciting. It doesn’t matter which version you choose, they are both spectacular.

# 1 – Shout

“Shout,” should always be the last song of the night. It the most powerful party song ever written . If it’s done right, it should induce a party fever that gets so out of control it become legendary. It’s perfect. If you have any doubts check out the version of “Shout,” in Animal House. It will inspire you, and change your life forever.

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Cro-Mags Songs
Top 10 Cro-Mags Songs
Crowder Songs
Top 10 Crowder Songs
The Judds Songs
Top 10 Songs By The Judds
Periphery Songs
Top 10 Periphery Songs
15 Greatest Hits Albums With Best Unreleased Tracks & Non-Album Songs
18 Best Greatest Hits Albums With Unreleased Tracks & Non-Album Singles
Best Rock Albums Of 2022
Best Rock Albums Of 2022
12 Essential Jazz Guitar Albums
12 Essential Jazz Guitar Albums
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams LP
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams LP
Tom Verlaine Of Television Has Passed Away At 73
Tom Verlaine Of Television Has Passed Away At 73
Remembering David Crosby
Remembering David Crosby
David Crosby Dead At 81
David Crosby Dead At 81
Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming With Dave Letterman To Premier On Disney+ March 2023
Bono & The Edge: A Sort of Homecoming With Dave Letterman To Premier On Disney+ March 2023
10 Classic Rock Bands That Have Never Released A Live Album
10 Classic Rock Bands That Have Never Released A Live Album
Will Music CDs Become Collectors Items?
Why Basic Music CDs Will Become Collectors Items
Greatest Rock Bass Lines Of The 70s
Greatest Rock Bass Lines Of The 70s
Don Kirschner Rock Concert
Before MTV, There Was Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert
Christone "Kingfish" Ingram Interview
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview
Garnett Grimm Of Savoy Brown Interview
Garnet Grimm of Savoy Brown: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview
Pat DeSalvo Of Savoy Brown Interview
Pat DeSalvo of Savoy Brown: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview
Steve Zing of Danzig Interview
Steve Zing of Danzig: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview
Real Meanings Behind Songs On Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad Album
Real Meanings Behind Songs On Rihanna’s Good Girl Gone Bad Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Rihanna's Music of the Sun Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Rihanna’s Music of the Sun Album
Rihanna Albums
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Rihanna’s A Girl Like Me Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Stevie Nicks Rock a Little Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Stevie Nicks Rock a Little Album
Blake Shelton Albums
Complete List Of Blake Shelton Albums And Discography
Nine Inch Nails Albums
Complete List Of Nine Inch Nails Albums And Discography
The War On Drugs Albums
Complete List Of The War On Drugs Albums And Discography
Turnstile Albums
Complete List Of Turnstile Albums And Discography