Buckhead staple Johnny’s Hideaway is turning 40

Johnny’s Hideaway in Buckhead is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Thursday, April 25, and in honor of the big occasion, the iconic Atlanta nightclub is revealing the top 40 hits that have kept loyal patrons on the dance floor since 1979.

“There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing our guests enjoy the dance floor,” says Johnny’s owner Chris D’Auria. “It’s pretty special to be able to watch our older patrons showing off their swing and shag moves and our younger guests dancing with friends, all in one place.”  

D’Auria’s approach to entertaining guests at his legendary nightclub that attracts both the over-40 crowd and late-night bar hoppers in their 20s and 30s starts with longtime DJ Jack Pena (aka DJ Happy Jack). Pena is the man behind the irresistible tunes that keep the dance floor packed until the wee hours. He handpicks popular music from every decade and knows exactly what both millennials and the over-50 set want to hear. Straight from Pena’s turntable are the Johnny’s Hideaway Top 40 Hits (playlist also available on Spotify):

  1. “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry
  2. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
  3. “Love Shack” by The B-52s
  4. “Conga” by Miami Sound Machine
  5. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
  6. “Dancing Queen” by Abba
  7. “This is How We Do It” by Montel Jordan
  8. “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations
  9. “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
  10. “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations
  11. “Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson
  12. “What is Love” by Haddaway
  13. “Another Night” by Real McCoy
  14. “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon
  15. “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
  16. “Stuck in the Middle” by Stealers Wheel
  17. “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
  18. “Kiss” by Prince
  19. “I Gotta Feeling’” by Black Eyed Peas
  20. “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
  21. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  22. “Suspicious Minds” by Elvis Presley
  23. “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley
  24. “My Way” by Frank Sinatra
  25. “Stayin Alive” by Bee Gees
  26. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire
  27. “I Need to Know” by Marc Anthony
  28. “Brick House” by Commodores
  29. “Brown-Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
  30. “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” by Shania Twain
  31. “Smooth” by Santana
  32. “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias
  33. “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks
  34. “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
  35. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  36. “The First, the Last, My Everything” by Barry White
  37. “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake
  38. “Bust a Move” by Young MC
  39. “Under Pressure” by Queen
  40. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

On Thursday, April 25 from 8- 9 p.m., Johnny’s is hosting an anniversary celebration featuring complimentary cocktails and a buffet of assorted menu favorites. Two DJs will be spinning irresistible tunes until close, so the night is sure to end on a high note.  

Johnny’s Hideaway is located at 3771 Roswell Road NE in Atlanta. For updates on the restaurant and upcoming events, follow Johnny’s Hideaway on Instagram and Facebook. For additional information, call 404-233-8026 or visitjohnnyshideaway.com.

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