The ten great party rap songs that you’re about to read is so dense with party-starting goodness that it can bend light. Slip this playlist into your deck at your next party, intimate soiree, or church study group and proceed to get down like you never got down before (at least, not since the time you got down immediately prior to this new, unique getting down experience).
- “I Just Wanna Love U” by Jay-Z. Jay is a hustla’, baby, and he wants nothing more than to make sure you know. One of the more laid back party rap songs on the list, “I Just Wanna Love U” is Hova at his most genius, commercially-speaking. Equally a hit on hip hop and R&B stations across the country as well as mainstream pop radio, it features Pharrell Williams on the chorus.
- “Intergalactic” by Beastie Boys. A party rap song guaranteed to get the crowd jumping, “Intergalactic” hails from the Beasties’ 1998 album, Hello Nasty. The beat is hard and infectious, the chorus is robotic and unforgettable, and the verses are not to go unmemorized.
- “Golddigger” by Kanye West. Kanye ain’t saying she a golddigger, but she will put her rump on the dance floor if you play this great party rap song. Perhaps second only to West’s “Stronger” in popularity, you’ll understand why once you take a listen and can’t get it out of your head.
- “Rumpshaker” by Wreckx-n-Effect. Speaking of rumps, why not just tell your partygoers which part of their body to shake? “Rumpshaker,” by one of Teddy Riley’s early groups, does just that. A great party rap song that doubles as a how-to. Now that’s "edutainment."
- “No Diggity” by Blackstreet. Speaking of Teddy Riley, why not just cut to the chase and list his biggest hit on the countdown of great party rap songs? “Diggity” was a smash when it premiered in 1996 and put the name of Riley’s then-latest group, Blackstreet, in everybody’s mouth. This is the last time Riley shows up on the list of great party rap songs. Promise.
- “You Can Do It” by Ice Cube. Not known for his danceable, poppy singles, Cube nonetheless dropped a bomb on the musical world with “You Can Do It” from his War & Peace Vol. 2 album in 2000. Rebelling against his squeaky-clean discography void of swearing and explicit imagery, here Cube at last indulges in both.
- “California Love” by 2Pac. Before the wheels came off their entire enterprise, Death Row Records gifted the world with one of the best party rap songs to come out of the era flush with hardcore gangsta rap. This piano-driven infection has everything from a synthed-up chorus to a commercial-friendly beat to easily lip-synchable verses from 2Pac and Dr. Dre (who produced and, along with Roger Troutman, guests).
- “Da Butt” by E.U. Speaking to the medical establishment’s concerns of the growing rectal cancer epidemic, Washington, D.C. group E.U. released this party rap song in 1988. When lead singer Sugarbear Eliot chimes, “There ain’t nothing wrong with doing da butt all night long,” he’s freeing the consciousness of millions of listeners by suggesting that, contrary to the majority opinion espoused by rap groups at the time, rectal exams were indeed in style.
- “Ante Up (Remix)” by M.O.P. This song doesn’t get enough love, quite frankly. The original is a classic, released by Brownsville, Brooklyn natives M.O.P. in 2000, but the remix is all sorts of extra awesome. Features guest verses from Busta Rhymes, Teflon, and Remy Martin.
- “Hypnotize” by Notorious B.I.G. Every poser cites this song, every hip hop head gives it its due, and every partygoer miles from the warm, gooey center of rap music has heard it, danced to it, and looked forward to next time. Not the hardest song on the list, not the baddest or the gladdest, but nevertheless a thang-shaking joint that trumps all other party rap songs.
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