The Top 10 Party Songs of the 2000’s

I have to admit, these were somewhat hard to come by as the 2000’s were in somewhat short supply of interesting party songs. I mean let’s look at it this way, the 2000’s certainly were no 1990’s, no sir. However, I managed to avoid the clutches of the auto-tune plague and the many music pitfalls of this decade to give you 10 of some of the best party songs from the 2000’s.

10. “Don’t Cha” (2005) by The Pussycat Dolls

Now don’t cha wish you had this song on your party list. The song that launched the Pussycat Dolls to stardom and put them on the map of the music world. “Don’t Cha” is sassy, freaky, and totally danceable!

9. “1,2 Step” (2004) by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott

Ciara’s team up with Missy Elliott on “1,2 Step” is magnificent fusing of futuristic sounds and 80’s synthesizers, this is definitely a classic 2000’s jam and one of Ciara’s most memorable hits.

8. “Hot in Herre” (2002) by Nelly

To not have this song at a party is a crime. “Hot in Herre” by Nelly is a mandatory club banger. From the memorable verses, the chorus, down to the crazy uptempo of the song itself, how can you possibly resist the urge to get down on the dance floor?

7. “Love, Sex, Magic” (2009) by Ciara and Justin Timberlake

Ciara strikes again on this Top Party Songs countdown with her most recent radio hit, “Love, Sex, Magic”, with Justin Timberlake. The chemistry between these two singers along with the banging beat is specifically designed to work some ‘Magic’ on the dance floor.

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6. “Last Night” (2007) by P. Diddy featuring Keyshia Cole

This song is somewhat comparable to Ciara’s “1,2 Step” at number 9 on this countdown, although it doesn’t sound as futuristic. P. Diddy’s “Last Night” could easily be mistaken for a party song from the 1980s, there’s heavy synthesizer use and there’s a banging beat that just has 1980s written all over it, although the overall song has a rhythm that is perfectly acceptable for today’s club going crowd. Keyshia Cole does wonders for this song with her voice, P. Diddy contributes as well, even if it is to a lesser extent although I can’t picture this song with Keyshia just by herself.

5. “Beautiful Girls (DJ Rob Dinero Remix)” (2007) by Sean Kingston

This has to be one of the most original remixes ever created, DJ Rob Dinero is a total genius. This remix of Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls” is interlaced with an updated version of “Stand By Me” which served as the sample for the original “Beautiful Girls”. The vocals of Ben E. King and Sean Kingston on the updated tempo of this track make for a very melodic dance tune.

4. “Loverboy (Remix)” (2001) by Mariah Carey ft. Da Brat and Ludacris

Mariah Carey rarely makes good music anymore. It all went downhill with that “Rainbow” album back in 1999. There were only a very small handful of quality Mariah Carey songs in this decade and the remix of “Loverboy” was one of them. Yes, it is heavily sampled from an ’80s classic “Candy” by Cameo but that doesn’t matter because Mariah, Ludacris, and Da Brat make this new version sound just as good.

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3. “Salt Shaker” (2004) by the Ying Yang Twins featuring Lil’ Jon and The East Side Boyz

How can one not possibly include this on their party play list? “Salt Shaker” is designed to bring out the freak in you on the dance floor.

2. “Step in the Name of Love (Remix)” (2003) by R. Kelly

An R. Kelly classic by all means, “Step in the Name of Love (Remix)” has charisma, melody, finesse, and its own dance number. This is one of the few examples where a remix is as good as its original counterpart.

1. “I Need A Girl: Part 2” (2002) – P. Diddy featuring Mario Winans, Loon, and Ginuwine

The best party song of the 2000’s decade is also the ultimate break-up song, “I Need A Girl: Part 2” by P. Diddy with the assistance of Mario Winans, Loon, and Ginuwine. “I Need A Girl: Part 2” serves as a fantastic contrast to Part 1 whereas the first song dwelled on a break-up, this sequel focuses on getting over the break-up as a single who’s ready to mingle and party all night long, much like relationship between Usher’s “U Got It Bad” and “U Don’t Have to Call”.