10 Best Rap Songs For Parties
The 10 best rap songs for parties invoke nostalgia in the average party-goer. This owes to the fact that the majority of the songs on this list hark back to adolescence, reminding the crowd of freer and less responsible times. In 20 years, the songs from today may well be doing the same thing for future partiers, but for now, this is the cream of the crop.
- “Humpty Dance” Digital Underground. If you want everyone dropping their drinks and rushing to the dance floor, then this is the jam for you. Universally loved and oft-quoted, Digital Underground’s most popular hit is the perfect rap song for parties big and small.
- “It Takes Two” MC Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock. What can be said about this song that hasn’t already been uttered? A hip-hop classic and a pop culture phenomenon, each line is imminently quotable, making it a great rap song for parties.
- “Push It” Salt-n-Pepa. Certain songs have the tendency to attract the ladies and get them acting very un-lady-like on the dance floor. Salt-n-Pepa’s ode to female sexual empowerment is one of the few rap songs for parties that furthers the cause of sexual liberation every time it’s spun.
- “U Can’t Touch This” MC Hammer. Yes, MC Hammer was a gigantic sellout, but the proliferation of hip-hop sellouts in the years since have paved over the hard feelings initially engendered by Hammer’s rampant commercialization. Plus, the song still kicks butt at the parties.
- “Hey Ya” OutKast. Given their quality discography for years prior to this single’s release, it’s a shame OutKast will be known as the dudes behind the “shake it like a Polaroid picture” song. Sure, the song itself is brilliant, but it pales in comparison to their other hits. Nonetheless, no other OutKast song quite fits the bill of best rap song for parties like this one.
- “In Da Club” 50 Cent. People can recite the chorus to 50’s biggest hit, and that’s about all they can do. Known more for its hard, danceable beat, “In Da Club” is the perfect rap song for parties that crowds just never seem to tire of.
- “Hot In Herre” Nelly. What do you do when it starts getting hot in here? Why take off all your clothes, of course. It’s rumored Nelly penned this tribute to warm-weather survival after a horrendous weekend stuck in Death Valley on a camping trip. The St. Louis native didn’t want others experiencing similar overly-clothed torture, and what resulted was a smash hit.
- “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” Snoop Dogg. A rap song for parties with a serious, world-changing message.
- “Jump Around” House of Pain. A companion piece to such instructionals as “Stop, Drop & Roll” and “The Safety Dance”, “Jump Around” was unleashed upon the world by Boston-area House of Pain to tell the world that, barring the failure of other, more conventional remedies, a man on fire has no other recourse than to flail about in fiery misery. Ironically, Everlast and Co. knew their song would be a hit and played at parties where congestion could lead to flash fires, thus coaxing party-goers to have fun and prepare themselves at the same time.
- “Ice Ice Baby” Vanilla Ice. A song universally loved when it was first released only to be shunned weeks later, “Ice Ice Baby” has seen a resurgence of sorts in the last decade. A relic of a bygone era, for sure, but one in which this generation now relishes. Most everyone and their grandmother knows the lyrics and stumbles to the floor when this ditty hits the speakers and dances like it’s 1990 all over again.