Party Songs: 10 Country Tunes for a Rowdy Soiree
10. ‘My Kinda Party,’ Jason Aldean
After a long week of hard work, there’s nothing a redneck Romeo enjoys more than getting cleaned up for his tan-legged Juliet, encouraging her to give up the car keys, then guiding her down to the riverside where moonshine and a one-night rodeo await. Nothing says romance like the mud-soaked tires kickin’ up the Georgia clay and the Muscadine wine flowing freely. OK, so it’s not exactly a Shakespeare play but it is a story as old as time.
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9. ‘Party Crowd,’ David Lee Murphy
Nice of David Lee Murphy to spare the feelings of his ex by taking off so she doesn’t have to see just how broken-hearted he is now that it’s over. Still, there are two things misery loves: company to commiserate with and a good ‘ol honky-tonk song in which to drown one’s sorrows. He simply had no choice but to head for the nearest watering hole, where thick smoke and plenty of booze flowing are essential. Just keep track of who’s got your keys.
8. ‘American Saturday Night,’ Brad Paisley
The Irish aren’t the only ones who can throw down. The American melting pot is chock full of ingredients that have been cultivated all over the world and have found their way to our shores. The recipes may be different but the results are the same — a shared experience that’s fun any night of the week.
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7. ‘Down on the Farm,’ Tim McGraw
Fifteen years before Jason and friends congregated for their party (see No. 10), Tim and his fun-loving pals were out standing in their field, where a bonfire was blazing, coolers were open and tailgates were down. The only rules were “don’t mess with the bull” and “stay out of that hay,” but it’s a safe bet by the end of the night both of those rules had been broken. But what happens down on the farm stays down on the farm.
Talk about an exclusive guest list. Even though he resists at first, Billy acquiesces eventually and accepts Shania’s sexy invite (you didn’t really think he’d refuse, did you?) Same for Mark McGrath, who contributed vocals to the pop version of the tune. Had this been an invitation to a party for three, however, things would have most likely gone quite differently.
5. ‘Am I the Only One,’ Dierks Bentley
“Am I the only one who wants to have fun tonight?” Dierks asks in the chorus of this song that encourages friends to get a little sideways.
Nope, you’re not the only one, Dierks. Not even close. Enough said.
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4. ‘Here for the Party,’ Gretchen Wilson
It’s not usually a party until somebody’s been tossed out or roughed up and when Gretchen’s on the guest list, you can pretty much count on one or both. Gretchen’s party essentials include beer and Jack Daniel’s, a long line of cowboys and a “ball-bustin’ band.” With a penchant for trash talk and an eye on rowdy romance, however, if things don’t go her way, the band may not be the only ones ready to do some physical damage.
3. ‘All About Tonight,’ Blake Shelton
No matter how many clubs he visits or how many girls he dances with, the key to Blake’s carefree evening is knowing things could get nasty in the morning. He’s armed himself with feel-good pills and several ounces of prevention in the form of red Gatorade that will stem the harmful effects of a rowdy night on the town. He and his wild buddies have probably seen ‘The Hangover‘ enough to know they don’t want to relive it. But there’s not much that’s going to keep them from partying all night.
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2. ‘All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin’ Over Tonight,’ Hank Williams Jr.
Country’s original party animal jump-started many a countrified soiree with this 1984 hit and although it may be missing from Monday nights these days, it was really made for Fridays and Saturdays anyway. In 1981, with ‘All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down,’ Hank Jr. bemoaned the fact that he and many of his fellow country outlaws had quit their wild ways, but clearly that was not the case.
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1. ‘Friends in Low Places,’ Garth Brooks
One of Garth’s signature tunes, this is right at home at the smallest of gatherings or in a stadium filled with 100,000 of his most loyal fans. The infamous third verse, in which the mild-mannered, humble cowboy tells the “sweet little lady” to pucker up and plant one as he’s walking away, may not be politically correct but it’s pretty universal. Even with that alternate ending, so to speak, it’s the quintessential party tune.