Here are my picks for the Top 10 best country music party songs to liven up your gathering. If you have a suggestion for a song that you feel belongs on the Top Country Party Songs list, use the "Readers Respond" link at the bottom of the list to post your favorites.
10. "Kick a Little" - Little Texas
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Little Texas has a classic party song about standing up for yourself and not letting anyone hold you back. It's got a great country rock beat with a definite emphasis on screaming guitars. Porter Howell sings lead on this rockin' tempo song, and the rest of the band chimes in with the classic Little Texas harmonies on the chorus. This song is great fun!Watch "Kick a Little"Download/Purchase
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9. "Down on the Farm" - Tim McGraw
8. "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" - Big & Rich
This is definitely one of Big & Rich
's most popular songs. The song is a mid-tempo mixture of styles, with prominent banjo, and electric guitars, with a strong percussion line. Both Big Kenny and John Rich take turns with the verses. While John sings his, Kenny recites his. Then, add the crowd singalong, and this is just pure fun!Download/Purchase
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The Zac Brown Band
hit pay dirt when they released their highly singable "Chicken Fried." With a finger pickin' intro, snappy fiddle solo, and catchy lyrics ("And a little bit of chicken fried. Cold beer on a Friday night. A pair of jeans that fit just right, and the radio up") this song has the recipe for success; all the way to No. 1 on the charts. As well as being a great song to sing along with, it's also a great song to dance to. Perfect for your country party.
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6. "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems" - Kenny Chesney
This was one of the first of Kenny Chesney
's island-themed singles. The song has a laid back feel, telling the story of not having a care while you spend your time in an island paradise. You can almost smell the coconut oil as the steel guitar plays, and Kenny sings along in an easygoing manner. Adding to the island feel of the song, be sure listen for steel drums playing softly in parts. The track has a live feel to it, rather than being over produced, which definitely fits the relaxed theme.
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5. "Here for the Party" - Gretchen Wilson
's "Here for the Party" is a true blue collar anthem that is sure to get everyone up on their feet. This guitar-driven song features Gretchen's raw and honest vocals leaving no question that she's here to enjoy herself and have a good time. The tempo is a quick one, and the track lacks the overproduction that can sometimes happen with CDs nowadays. And that's a good thing.
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4. "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" - Alan Jackson
The song has a easy-going tempo, and Alan Jackson
's smooth baritone tells the story of a day at work passing way too slow, and needing it to be 5 o'clock, so he can leave and go get some cool refreshment. Jimmy Buffett also makes an appearance towards the end of the song. It wouldn't be an Alan Jackson song if it didn't include steel guitars, fiddles and mandolins, and all play a part in this song. Raise a glass and sing along.
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3. "Boot Scootin' Boogie" - Brooks & Dunn
Brooks & Dunn
came out of the gate in 1991 with their debut album Brand New Man
. They released a song called "Boot Scootin' Boogie" that was one of the first songs of the line dance craze. The song features a mid-tempo honky tonk feel, and talked about where everyone went to go dance and let down their hair on Friday nights. While the song was guitar-driven, it also features a piano solo and a fiddle solo in parts. Heel-toe do-si-do, this one definitely gets me up on my feet.
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2. "Friends in Low Places" - Garth Brooks
Every party needs a singalong song, and "Friends in Low Places" fits the bill in spades. Garth Brooks
enlisted some of his friends to sing along on the choruses of this big hit that is one of his most recognized songs from his 17x platinum album No Fences
The storyline of the song is told from the guy's viewpoint as his ex-girlfriend is getting married. He attends the wedding, and she's afraid of how he will act. He takes a glass of champagne and toasts the couple, saying "we may be through, but you'll never hear me complain." This is a rowdy working class anthem at its best.
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1. "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" - Hank Williams, Jr.