Duluth’s Top Party Songs, 1984

MTV promotional photo for Michael Jackson’s "Thriller" video, 1983


Excerpt from the Duluth News-Tribune & Herald, Feb. 24, 1984:

It’s ‘Thriller’ in a walk – er, strut: Readers pick top party songs of all time

You snubbed the Beatles and Stones, relatively speaking. Even Elvis, the King.

All were blown away by the Thriller.

Michael Jackson is the big winner of our "Favorite Party Songs" contest. His "Beat It" won first place. Two others off his "Thriller" album, "Billie Jean" and "Thriller," placed in the top 15.

Not surprisingly, he was the rave of the young voters. They used words like "mint" and "awesome." But he did well with older party fiends. As M. Schiffelbine of Superior wrote: "I’m 35 years old and ‘Billie Jean’ has to be the ultimate party song. If I had no legs I’d still find a way to dance to it. WOW!"

Rockers with more traditional tastes were heard from, too – second place went to the head-bashing classic "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen, circa 1963. ….


Here are the Top 10 party songs, according to our readers in 1984:

1. "Beat It," Michael Jackson

2. "Louie Louie," the Kingsmen

3. "Jailhouse Rock," Elvis Presley

4. "Born to be Wild," Steppenwolf

5. "Rock Around the Clock," Bill Haley and the Comets

6. "Johnny B. Goode," Chuck Berry

7. "Billie Jean," Michael Jackson

8. "Gloria," the Shadows of Knight

9. "Glad All Over," the Dave Clark Five

10. "Celebration," Kool and the Gang

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