Everyone's got their perfect party song playlist, full of tracks you play when company is coming and you not only aim to please, but you also want to get people singing along and dancing. When we asked AOL Radio listeners to rate their favorite party songs, we got tracks from all genres and eras -- featuring everyone from Michael Jackson to the Bee Gees. Check out the 10 Best Party Songs -- hopefully they'll give you inspiration for your next bash.
The stock market may have been crashing, but that didn't stop Americans from enjoying some of the finest songs 1987 had to offer. From dreamy pop to Slash's screeching guitar solos, music ruled and classics were honored (Aretha Franklin became the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).
Written as a parody of "party attitude" songs like 'I Wanna Rock,' the Beastie Boys had no idea that this song would become such a hit; they actually despise the party tune, and have not included it in their concert lineup since 1987.
1986 started off with a bang, literally, when the Challenger exploded on its way out to space. There were tough times, but Americans put the pieces together with a little help from their musical and celebrity idols during Hands Across America, which featured everyone from Michael Jackson to 54 Elvis Presley impersonators to Chewbacca (along with seven million others), holding hands in a human chain across the United States. Americans were also joined together by their love for music, in a year where not only '80s hair metal ruled, but also the love for a good sweeping ballad. According to AOL Radio listeners, a song featured in a John Hughes' flick was their favorite in 1986. Check out that number one pick and the rest of the 10 Best 1986 Songs below.
Giving birth to MTV, 1981 made important contributions to the history of music. The channel dedicated to music videos created an entire new arena for artists to express themselves, creating a new genre of "music video stars," many of which topped the charts throughout 1981. From Rick Springfield's lovelorn 'Jessie's Girl' to AC/DC's party-starter 'For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)', the following 10 Best Songs of 1981 were the highest rated by AOL Radio listeners.
This song's music video was one of the first to play on MTV after it launched in 1981. Featuring the Go-Go's riding around in a convertible, splashing in a fountain and stopping at a lingerie shop, the video featured the girls' carefree attitudes.
The songs in 1980 were surrounded by many beginnings (Pac-Man, Post-It Notes, CNN) along with a few ends (John Bonham, John Lennon, small pox), all while keeping us on the edge of our seats wondering who shot J.R. in the hit show 'Dallas.' The television was good, but the music was arguably better, with releases from AC/DC, Blondie and Queen -- all topping the charts throughout the year. Read our list of the 10 Best Songs of 1980, and hear them all on our Awesome '80s radio station.
One of the most influential rock bands of the early '90s, Alice In Chains, drew from elements of metal, rock, blues and even punk, while being associated with the grunge era. They formed in Seattle in 1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and vocalist Layne Staley and went on to release three studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, and four compilations. After unofficially disbanding after years of not recording, the band reformed in 2005 (after Staley's death in 2002) and just this year have finished recording their fourth album, 'Black Gives Way to Blue' with new lead vocalist William DuVall. As rated by AOL Radio listeners, the following 10 best Alice in Chain songs are taken from the Layne Staley era.
Released in 1984, 'Don't Follow' peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and is considered to be one of the band's best by music critics.
Inspiring entire radio stations dedicated to the genre, classic rock defines songs primarily ranging from the 1960s to 1980s. These Top 10 Classic Rock Songs are rated as the very best by AOL Radio listeners.
The title track to the Beatles' final album before their break up, 'Let it Be' was written by Paul McCartney and based off a dream the singer-songwriter had where his mother -- who had died of cancer when McCartney was fourteen -- came to him and said, "It'll be all right, just let it be."