country music artist Sam Hunt . It was released to country radio
on June 1, 2015 as the third single from his debut studio album,
Montevallo (2014) via MCA Nashville .
The song received mixed to negative reviews from several critics.
In his review of the X2C EP, Josh Schott of Country Perspective
gave the song a very negative review, saying "it's another
generic, party pop song. What the hell is the point of this song or
this EP? Again, Sam Hunt, this is not a country song! Smash
Mouth made music with more substance than this." Trigger of
Saving Country Music also gave the song a negative review, rating
it "two guns way down" and saying "So no, I didn’t find Sam
Hunt’s 'House Party' particularly stimulating or culturally
gratifying. I would call this the worst country song ever, but even
that would endow it with a modicum of potential country music
affiliation that it is not qualified to carry. This is nothing more
than outdated electro-pop that country music should be wholly
embarrassed for even considering as part of its format, and
should violently spit out like a petulant toddler does something
unsavory forced into its mouth."
Taste of Country was more favorable, saying "This singer continues
to stretch the genre to the delight of some and the agony of
others. Acoustic guitar drives the beat in 'House Party,' while a
very country-sounding guitar lick works around his melodic,
syncopated lyrics. This is Hunt’s lightest single to date, as
The song first charted on the Country Digital Songs chart at No.
31 when Sam Hunt's debut EP X2C in which the song is a track
was released, selling 12,000 copies in the US.It re-entered on
the chart at No. 29 for the chart dated May 23, 2015 preceding its
official release as a single with sales of 10,000. It entered the
Hot Country Songs the next week at No. 31. It first entered the
Country Airplay chart in January 2015, but gained traction in May
in anticipation of its release as a single. It entered the Billboard
Hot 100 at No. 85 for chart dated June 20, 2015. The song
reached No. 1 on Hot Country Songs on the chart of August 22,
2015, becoming the third No. 1 song from his debut album on
that chart. It peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 two
weeks later. The song was certified Platinum by the RIAA on
August 28, 2015,  and it reached its million sales mark in the
US by January 2016.
Two music videos were produced for the song. The first, directed
by Brad Belanger and Steven Worster, premiered in August 2014.
A second music video directed by Justin Key and Steven Worster,
premiered in June 2015.