At the beginning, you have the jungle beat and the screaming. It could be a human being or a bird. But whatever it is, it makes me want to go fucking crazy.
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When Ke$ha was 15, she went to a party that stayed with her. "The couch was on fire, there were sweaty, shirtless people dancing," she says. "That's why I do what I do: I like seeing people lose their shit and not give a fuck about what other people think of them."
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1."Sympathy For The Devil" | The Rolling Stones, 1968
2."School's Out" | Alice Cooper, 1972
Recently somebody referenced "Tik Tok" as a more contemporary pop version of "School's Out." I just played the song with Alice at the Whiskey, actually. The thing gets my blood boiling. It's just an anthem for every adolescent.
3."Bohemian Rhapsody" | Queen, 1975
I first heard this in Wayne's World, my favorite movie. My friends and I used to get fucked up in L.A. and ride around in our version of the Mirthmobile and scream it at the top of our lungs.
4."White Room" | Cream, 1968
The first time I heard this, it came on the radio when I was getting laid in the back of a car. I was like, "Whatever this is, it's my new favorite song."
5."Thickfreakness" | The Black Keys, 2003
This takes me back to when I used to chase the Black Keys around Southern California at 17. I met them a few times, and they were terrified of me.
6."Real Wild Child (Wild One)" | Iggy Pop, 1986
This is my theme song. It's my walk-off music at shows. Iggy is one of my ultimate heroes.
7."Hey Ya" | OutKast, 2003
One of the best songs of hip-hop ever. A party anthem forever.
8."Black Dog" | Led Zeppelin, 1971
The other night I got back from a strip club in Portland, this came on, and I started destroying my hotel room. Granted, I was hammered, and it was a full moon.
9."Honky Tonkin'" | Hank Williams, 1946
This is the original tearing-up-the-club song. It just makes me want to drink whiskey.
10."Psycho Killer" | Talking Heads, 1977
David Byrne is fucking amazing, and they pushed boundaries. My friends and I loved this song so much we decided to give each other "Psycho Killer" tattoos inside our lips, but we were so fucked up it ended being a disgusting, bloody mess. This comes on, I dance even if I'm dead sober.