Good friends, fun activities, and a great playlist—these are the main ingredients for a fantastic party. Mix it up this summer with solid, cross-genre tracks that keep everyone in your group happy and dancing all day and night. Remember to bring your phone or iPod along on your Pickled Pedaler ride; we can hook it up to our sound system so all your friends can enjoy. These are ten of our top recommendations (across all genres) to get the good times rolling.
1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer – George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Written by Rudy Toombs and originally recorded by rhythm and blues singer Amos Milburn in 1953, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer” was reinvented several times. Blues singer John Lee Hooker brought it back to life in 1966, and George Thorogood gave it his classic boogie-blues spin in 1977. This piece of history is a fantastic way to kick off any party playlist.
2. T-R-O-U-B-L-E – Travis Tritt
Elvis Presley made “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” famous in 1975. Created by Nashville songwriter Jerry Chestnut, the song was initially made for singer Little David Wilkins. Almost two decades later, country star Travis Tritt made his version of this high-energy country piece, releasing it on an album of the same name.
3. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
In 1984, Def Leppard was in the studio working on a follow-up album to their hit record Pyromania. Drummer Rick Allen was in a car accident and lost one of his arms. Recording the album that would eventually be called Hysteria was therefore halted while Rick learned to play one-handed. During this hiatus, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” came into being and has become a long-lasting hit.
4. Kiss – Prince and the Revolution
Prince released “Kiss” on his 1986 album entitled Parade, and it immediately shot to number one on the Billboard charts. Prince originally wrote the song for Brown Mark’s band Mazarati but decided to produce his own version not long after. “Kiss” has since been remade by the Art of Noise featuring Tom Jones. High-end clubs and dive bars alike find this to be one of the most frequently played songs, and for good reason. No playlist is complete without some Prince.
5. Rock With You – Michael Jackson
Written by Rob Temperton, “Rock With You” began a series of well-received partnerships between him and Jackson. The third number-one song Jackson had on the Billboard Hot 100, it followed “Ben” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” Temperton would go on to write “Off the Wall” and “Thriller” for Jackson, among others. “Rock With You” has stood the test of its nearly four-decade history.
6. Nasty – Janet Jackson
From the youngest sibling in the Jackson family, “Nasty” is among this best-selling artist’s many hits. The album Control was released in 1986 and was Janet’s first major success. “Nasty” was one of six hits on this record, which earned her three Grammy Award nominations. Still one of the best dance tunes of all time, this track is a big part of Janet’s history.
7. Hella Good – No Doubt
The album Rock Steady was released in December of 2001—just 12 months after No Doubt began work on it. Inspired by the Jamaican clubs they were dancing in while on tour, this album took on a different vibe than No Doubt’s previous records. “Hella Good” was the first song the band had ever collaborated with outside artists, The Neptunes. This partnership paid off, as the track remains a favorite in clubs today.
8. Tik Tok – Ke$ha
In 2009, Ke$ha released “Tik Tok,” the first single off of the album Animal, which would come out in January of 2010. Ke$ha made history with 610,000 downloads in the song’s first week on the market. At the time, the artist also had a featured spot in Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” which held the highest downloads record before her. Ke$ha was off to an amazing start and hasn’t stopped yet.
9. The Choice Is Yours (Revisited) – Black Sheep
No playlist is complete without some 90s Hip-Hop to round it out. Everyone knows the words to these classics, so you can count on the energy coming up. Black Sheep, comprised of Andre Titus and William McLean of North Carolina, was formed after both relocated to Queens, NY. Going by Dres and Mista Lawnge, the pair released “The Choice is Yours” in 1991.
10. Still Not a Player – Big Pun
Born Christopher Rios, Big Punisher came out of the Bronx, NY. “Still Not a Player” was Big Pun’s first hit single, released in 1997. The following year, his album Capital Punishment hit the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. As he grew more successful, Big Pun struggled with his weight. In 2000, the artist passed away from weight-related health complications. Despite a short life and career, his name and the words to “Still Not a Player” are well known.
What is your favorite song to get the party started? Let us know in the comments below!