70s Party Songs: The Best Party Hits Of The Seventies

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Like every decade, the ’70s had party hits that had people dancing in the clubs until the wee hours of the morning. Disco music, a mix of pop and funk music, was the measure of all things in the seventies. From 1975 on, disco became a music genre in its own right. The music genre focuses on the beat, groove, and the ability to dance well to the music.

For this reason, many 70s party songs are still very popular today.

The biggest musical success at the time was the Swedish pop group ABBA. With their songs “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia” or “Take A Chance On Me” they animated people worldwide to dance.

The US-American singer and songwriter Donna Summer captivated the whole of Germany with her hits “I Feel Love” and “Hot Stuff” and helped to establish disco music in this country. 1977 and 1979 Summer was the most successful singer in Germany. She is already considered since the 70s as the undisputed disco queen.

Other big hits came from the Bee Gees (Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever), the Village People (YMCA), and the US disco band KC & The Sunshine Band (Shake Your Booty, Get Down Tonight).

If you want to take a musical trip back in time to the party scene of the 1970s, you should definitely browse through our unique playlist of the biggest party hits from the seventies.

(At the end of the article we have put together a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

01. “I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor


That’s when heartbroken people forget their troubles: when “I Will Survive” is played is Dancing announced. The catchy disco number is still considered a Power song for ladies, who finally want to break up with their ex. The song was released in 1978 and can be found on the album “Love Tracks”.

The lyrical I tells in the lyrics the story of a breakdown after a relationship end and the subsequent recovery. The composers are Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris, Mac Huff was responsible for the arrangement of the song. “I Will Survive” became a number 1 hit and won the Grammy for Best Disco Recording.

02. “Stairway To Heaven” – Led Zeppelin


Led Zeppelin actually stands for the harder music, as they already proved with hits like “Whole Lotta Love”. But that they can also do something completely different, they prove with the rock ballad “Starway To Heaven” from 1971.

The song is on the classic album “Led Zeppelin IV”. The song starts very quietly with a part that is mainly carried by the acoustic guitar and a recorder arrangement. The rhythm increases towards the middle part, which finally culminates in a striking guitar solo by Jimmy Page.

Although the song was not released as a single, it is one of Led Zeppelin’s most successful songs to this day.

03. “Ladies Night” – Kool & The Gang


Do you want to party with your girls? Then there is no passing this piece guaranteed! Because Kool & The Gang combine here danceable sounds with a party-suitable text.

It is the title track of the album of the same name, which was released in 1979. In the Billboard Hot 100, the number made it to number 8. Even today the hit is played in clubs to attract the ladies to the dance floor. Here the DJs rely on the approximately three and a half minute long single version with a catchy beat.

The album version is over six and a half minutes long.

04. “You’re The One That I Want” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John


The movie “Grease” was a huge success in the 70s. It ushered in a true dance revival. This was mainly due to the catchy soundtrack.

First and foremost, the track “You’re The One That I Want” became a hit. Upbeat rhythms drew kids to the dance floor, along with the duo’s languorous vocals and romantic message. For nine weeks, the song was the most successful song of all time in Great Britain.

To this day, the track is one of the most successful songs of all time on the British Isles.

05. “YMCA” – Village People


The track “YMCA” is one of the most successful numbers of the band Village People and is a popular 70s party song. It was released in 1978 and can be found on the record “Cruisin'”.

It’s an anthem for the Christian Young People’s Association. Yet the song is also celebrated in the gay scene for its ambiguity. Through an expressive dance, the song became very popular.

The letters in the chorus are traced with the arms on the dance floor. In Germany, Switzerland, and England the song rose to number 1 in the charts. In the USA it reached number 2.

06. “Love Really Hurts Without You” – Billy Ocean


The song “Love Really Hurts Without You” was the breakthrough for the British R&B singer Billy Ocean. The song was written by himself (under the name Les Charles) and Ben Findon and thrills with an upbeat beat.

In the UK charts, the song rose to second place, in the USA it made it to the top 30. In this country, the highest position was #16. Until today, this piece of music, together with “When The Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going”, is one of the singer’s most successful outputs.

07. “Roxanne” – The Police


“Roxanne” is to this day one of the most famous songs of the English band The Police. The song is part of the record “Outlandos d’Amour” from 1978. It belongs to the genre New Wave/Post-Punk but has a catchy melody, which comes across as very poppy. While the verses are kept rather quiet, the track picks up speed and intensity in the chorus.

In addition, the piece has a tango rhythm. Thematically, the lyrics are about a prostitute. The song was written by Sting.

To this day, the number is also part of the standard program of many concerts of Sting’s solo tours and is an unforgettable 70s party hit.

08. “Heart of Glass” – Blondie


The charismatic singer Debbie Harry really excels in this song with her cool vocals. Together with the Guitarists Christ Stein, she was also the author of the song. “Heart of Glass” is on the album “Parallel Lines”, which was the commercial breakthrough of the US-American rock band.

The single hit record stores in January 1979. Musically, it belongs to the trendy New Wave sound, but also has some disco elements, which is why die-hard rock fans initially reproach the band. But success proved the group right – “Heart of Glass” is one of Blondie’s greatest hits!

09. “Born To Run” – Bruce Springsteen


Bruce Springsteen is called the “Boss” by his fans because he paid his stage musicians in cash himself after backstage performances. His big breakthrough came with the title track of his 1975 album. The single is a driving rock number that thrills with positive lyrics.

The success put the musician on the cover of the Times and Newsweek – Springsteen was hailed as a new rock star. For the song’s instrumentation, Springsteen relied on the massive Wall of Sound sound. There were a total of eleven guitar tracks during the recording of this song.

10. “Daddy Cool” – Boney M.


With the song “Daddy Cool” the group Boney M succeeded in. the big breakthrough. In numerous countries, the piece with the catchy disco beat occupies place 1 in the charts.

The song is part of the album “Take the Heat off Me” from 1976. It was arranged by the German producer Frank Farian. The title was pushed by the performance of Boney M. in the music show Musikladen.

In total, the song has sold over one million copies worldwide. A well-known Cover version of the song was presented, among others, by the English band Placebo, which gave the 70s party hit its own rock sound.

11. “Highway To Hell” – AC/DC


Air guitars unpacked and off we go: With “Highway To Hell” AC/DC the Australian hard rockers of AC/DC released probably one of their biggest hits in 1979. Bon Scott at the microphone gives the song a very special touch with his haunting, almost screeching vocals. Lead guitarist Angus Young is responsible for the distinctive riff.

With this work, the band made its big breakthrough. It can be found on the album of the same name. The mixture of hard rock and blues-rock made it into the Top 50 of the US charts.

Today, the song should not be missing in any 70s party playlist.

12. “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” – Michael Jackson


Long before Michael Jackson became the universally acclaimed King of Pop, he took his first solo steps with his first record “Off The Wall”, after having been successful with the soul group The Jackson 5. The hit of the solo debut was “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough”, a real dancefloor song, which climbed to number 1 in the US charts in 1979.

In addition, the singer won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance with this song. For the first time, Michael Jackson used high falsetto vocals and vocal squeaks – his later trademarks.

13. “Video Killed The Radio Star” – The Buggles


With the song “Video Killed The Radio Star” the group The Buggles achieved a real-world hit. The song was released in 1979 and delighted with a catchy melody and memorable chorus that everyone could sing along with immediately thanks to the repetitions.

The song can be found on the album “The Age of Plastic”. The song was written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes, and Bruce Woolley. This song was the first video that the music channel MTV aired at the beginning of the broadcast. It reached first place in the charts in England, Austria, and Switzerland, and in this country, it went up to number 2.

14. “Piano Man” – Billy Joel


The US singer Billy Joel presents a thoughtful piano song with the hit “Piano Man”. It tells the story of a bar pianist who describes the patrons of a bar. All the guests have unfulfilled dreams, but the bar musician makes them forget them with his music.

The single reached the top 30 of the US charts. It has sold over 3 million copies, earning it triple platinum status. In addition, the title also established the nickname of the singer.

Until today Billy Joel is also called Piano Man.

15. “Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd


The US southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd released this single in 1974 on their second album “Second Helping”. If the singer and songwriter Neil Young had strongly attacked the U.S. Southern states in his songs “Southern Man” and “Alabama” and denounced the racist problems, Lynyrd Skynyrd wanted to show the good sides of the region with this song, which is based on a catchy guitar riff.

The entire song consists of only three chords and is in 4/4 time throughout. It can be heard in numerous Hollywood films, including “Forrest Gump”, “8 Mile” or “Con Air”.

16. “Mamma Mia” – ABBA


The Swedish quartet ABBA had numerous hits, all catchy and with danceable beats. But among the most successful numbers of the quartet from Sweden was the song “Mamma Mia” from 1975. It appeared on the band’s third record, also named “ABBA”.

The content is about a female first-person narrator who is betrayed by her partner but cannot separate from him. The song represents the comeback of the band: If the previous singles were all not so successful, the Swedes jumped with this piece again on the pole position of the charts, including in Germany and in England.

17. “Stayin’ Alive” – The Bee Gees


Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, the Bee Gees, set to danceable disco beats. The song was released in December 1977 and rose with its modern sound on 1.2.1978 at number 1 on the charts in the USA.

But the song is not only popular with disco fans: At exactly 103 BPM, “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees corresponds exactly to the recommended beat frequency for a Heart pressure massage. Therefore, this piece is also known as a mnemonic for the first aid measures. The song became famous through the movie of the same name, whose soundtrack it formed – listen to it on “Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track”.

18. “It’s nice to be in the world” – Roy Black and Anita


Also, German-language music is very popular with the party hits of the 70s. Right in the front is the number “Schön ist es auf der Welt zu sein” with its positive statement. The duet of the singer Roy Black with the little Anita Hegerland invites even today to the Sing along a.

For this song, the duo received the lion from Radio Luxemburg. Anita Hegerland became a children’s star in the following. The song “Schön ist es auf der Welt zu sein” inspires not only with a positive message, but is also very good for partying.

19. “September” – Earth, Wind & Fire


With the song “September”, the funk band Earth, Wind & Fire achieved a real disco hit in 1978. The song can be found on the album “The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol.

1”. The single reached #1 on the R&B charts in the US and #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The band members Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis were responsible for the songwriting.

The track thrills with a mix of R&B, disco, funk, and soul.

20. “Relight My Fire” – Dan Hartman


Dan Hartman wrote the song “Relight My Fire” himself and released it in 1978. The song stayed on the pole position in the US dance charts for six weeks.

It was the follow-up to the title “Instant Replay”, which had reached the top ten of the charts in Germany. The cover version also became known through the English Boyband Take That in the 90s. This was a co-production with singer Lulu and also rose to the top of the charts.

The song is very catchy and inspires with an infectious rhythm – a real 70s party song.

Places 21-99 of the best party hits of the 1970s:

Each song is linked to the corresponding music video via the title.

Place: Song: Performer: Listen: Year:
21. I Feel Love Donna Summer 1977
22. Dancing Queen ABBA 1976
23. Brick House Commodores 1977
24. Schön ist es auf der Welt zu sein Roy Black und Anita 1971
25. Disco Inferno The Trammps 1976
26. ABC The Jackson Five 1970
27. School’s Out Alice Cooper 1972
28. Get Down Tonight KC & The Sunshine Band 1975
29. Turn The Beat Around Vickie Sue Robinson 1976
30. I.O.I.O. The Bee Gees 1970
31. You’re My First My Last My Everything Barry White 1974
32. Good Times Chic 1979
33. Last Dance Donna Summer 1978
34. She’s a Lady Tom Jones 1971
35. Shake Your Booty KC & The Sunshine Band 1976
36. Car Wash Rose Royce 1976
37. Crocodile Rock Elton John 1972
38. Shake Your Groove Thing Peaches & Herb 1979
39. Voulez-Vous ABBA 1979
40. Waterloo ABBA 1974
41. The Loco-Motion Grand Funk Railroad 1974
42. Typically Tropical Barbados 1975
43. He’s the Greatest Dancer Sister Sledge 1979
44. Daddy Cool Boney M. 1976
45. Are ‘Friends’ Electric? Tubeway Army 1979
46. Macho Man Village People 1978
47. Every1’s A Winner The Foundations 1978
48. Sunny Boney M. 1976
49. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) Sylvester 1978
50. Sexy Thing Hot Chocolate 1976
51. Never Can Say Goodbye Gloria Gaynor 1974
52. Surfin’ USA Leif Garrett 1977
53. Us and Them Pink Floyd 1973
54. Night Fever The Bee Gees 1978
55. Is It Love You’re After Rose Royce 1979
56. Baker Street Gerry Rafferty 1978
57. Le Freak Chic 1978
58. Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry 1976
59. So You Win Again Hot Chocolate 1977
60. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood Leroy Gomez 1978
61. Dschinghis Khan Dschinghis Khan 1979
62. Autobahn Kraftwerk 1974
63. Born To Be Alive Patrick Hernandez 1979
64. Rapper’s Delight The Sugarhill Gang 1979
65. The Second Time Around Shalamar 1979
66. Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet Gonzalez 1977
67. Take A Chance On Me ABBA 1977
68. Night On Disco Mountain David Shire 1977
69. Joy To the World Three Dog Night 1970
70. Thats The Way I Like It K.C. & The Sunshine Band 1975
71. Love Machine The Miracles 1976
72. Some Kind of Wonderful Grand Funk Railroad 1974
73. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel Tavares 1976
74. I’m On My Way Jackie Moore 1979
75. Saturday Night Bay City Rollers 1974
76. Good Girls Don’t The Knack 1979
77. And The Beat Goes On The Whispers 1979
78. Tusk Fleetwood Mac 1977
79. Don’t Bring Me Down Electric Light Orchestra 1979
80. Shame Evelyn Champagne King 1977
81. Working My Way Back To You The Spinners 1979
82. In The Navy Village People 1979
83. Ma Baker Boney M. 1977
84. Got To Give It Up Marvin Gaye 1977
85. (Every Time I Turn Around) – Back In Love L.T.D. 1977
86. If I Can’t Have You Yvonne Elliman 1978
87. I Love the Nightlife Alicia Bridges 1978
88. Flash Light Parliament 1977
89. Instant Replay Dan Hartman 1978
90. Get On The Good Foot James Brown 1972
91. Brown Sugar Rolling Stones 1971
92. Rock and Roll Led Zeppelin 1971
93. Nice and Slow Jesse Grey 1976
94. Kung Fu Fighting Carl Douglas 1974
95. D.I.S.C.O. Ottawan 1979
96. I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper Sarah Brightman 1979
97. Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pink Floyd 1978
98. Takin Care of Business BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive) 1973
99. Rock and Roll All Night Kiss 1975

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